April 1, 1932 – Carstairs, AB
January 12, 2014 – Calgary, AB
Constance Margaret Jones (Ure), 81, intrepid traveler and hiker, creative gardener and much loved friend and mother died on Sunday January 12, 2014 at home in Calgary, AB.
Constance was friendly, cheerful, generous, intellectually curious and full of mischief. She was always ready for an adventure, and perfectly prepared to turn the most mundane of events into an adventure or an occasion. She had a long and distinguished career in the Federal civil service, mainly in the Prices Division, National Income Accounts, Statistics Canada, where she participated in the creation of new economic indicators, such as the housing starts index which we see regularly in the media. She was also active in the feminist movement, particularly the activities of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, and the fight to entrench women’s rights in the 1982 constitution. Upon retirement, she further pursued this interest through volunteer work with the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), first through scholarships (national), and the program to support diplomatic wives in the Ottawa club, and then in the presidency of the national club. One of their main scholarships was named after her. She pursued this interest after the move to Calgary in 1995, including the ‘My very own book’ project to assist in literacy among kindergarten and grade 1 students. She supported a wide variety of charities, including a scholarship for graduate studies by an indigenous student at the University of Regina. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to CADME – Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education (http://cadme.ca/), CFUW, or the charity of your choice. Hopefully the spirit of Constance will live on in her myriad friends – she cast light into the lives of those around her.
She leaves behind her daughter Dr. and Professor Marion E. Jones, and her husband Ray Van Nes, and a large number of extended family and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Stanley Gordon; her parents, Julie (Cartwright) and John Ure; and her sister Elizabeth Craig.
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In living memory of Constance Jones, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences