Elizabeth McKinlay Jones, known to her friends as “Libby,” died Jan. 28, 2010, from complications due to a stroke. She passed quietly in the early morning hours, tended to by her sons and close family members at her home in Friendship at the age of 92.

Libby was the oldest of three children born to Harry and Lucy McKinlay on Oct. 21, 1917, in Englewood, N.J. She grew up in Englewood and spent a brief time in Laguna Beach, Calif., when her family moved there during her teen years. She attended Stoneleigh Junior College in Rye Beach, N.H. During World War II, she spent several years serving in the Red Cross, stationed in Gatwick, Scotland, a time she remembered very fondly. At the war’s end, she worked in New York City for the Vick’s Corporation.

She was married to Alexander Jones Jr. of Hackensack, N.J., in 1948. She bore three children, Peter, David and Douglas Jones. In 1952 they moved to Darien, Conn., and built a home on Hillsley Road where they lived until 1984. Libby was a housewife during the early years, but spent a great deal of her time volunteering in the Darien Public School system as a PTA member and working in the Middlesex Junior High School Library. She also worked as a salesperson at Lord and Taylor in Stamford, Conn., and as a companion worker for Ms. Harriet Schweid for a number of years. In 1984 they retired and sold their house in Darien, moving to Friendship where they built a new seaside home on their former summer cottage location. Libby spent many years volunteering at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport and continued to do so up into her late 80s.

She spent her last year as a resident at Quarry Hill Community in Camden. Libby lived her life to the fullest and was always adventurous. Her family benefited greatly from the many cross-country trips to the West Coast. Part of these long drives out west involved stopping at the many national parks along the way as well as visiting with family members. Never one to be daunted by a mere tornado in Gothenburg, Neb., she was also known to scare off bears in Yellowstone National Park when they tried to carry away her ice chest from the campground. She continued to make solo cross-country driving excursions well into her 80s, accompanied only by her faithful companion Horace, a “man” who was pretty much a dummy and never said a word to anyone. Many a head was turned when they realized who/what Horace was.

More than anything, Libby was known for her caring, welcoming manner and generosity with her friends. She was always a welcome fixture at local events in the Friendship community she so loved.

She was predeceased by her husband, Alex (deceased Sept. 22, 1988); and her son, Douglas (wife Lisa Jones and son Nicholas).

She is survived by her sister, Lucy Jenison of Laguna Beach, Calif.; her brother, Harry McKinlay (wife Anice McKinlay) of Rockland; her two sons, Peter Jones (wife Sarah Holland and daughter Aspen Jones) of Camden and David Jones (wife Jackie Rodriguez and daughter Jackita Ortiz) of Tucson, Ariz.

There will be no funeral service at this time but rather a memorial gathering in Friendship during the summer months to celebrate her life. Friends and family will be invited to the event at a date to be determined.

Those who wish may make a donation in her name to the MPIA and/or the Pendleton Scholarship Fund. Send donations to Bob Strickland, 290 Hillcrest Drive, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-3206. For more information, contact Peter Jones at 236-6112 or pjcaver@gwi.net.