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JONES, Constance Margaret (nee Ure)

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 (, 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.

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  1. My sincere condolences.

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  2. Mrs. Jones was a wonderful cheerful lady. I was much touched by her humanity and curious mind. She was an excellent role model for younger women such as myself. She will be much missed in the women.

    Gail Chin

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  3. Lucie Tousignant :

    Dear Marion,

    Mes sincères condoléances à toi et ta famille. Que cette dure épreuve puisse être allégée par les pensées, gestes et réconfort de tes proches.

    Lucie (Tousignant)

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  4. Katharine Kemp :

    I worked with Connie at Statistics Canada for many years, and watched her innovative approaches to such statistical measurements as price indexes for unique goods, especially in the area of construction , both residential and non-residential (highways, bridges…) and machinery and equipment. To set up these measurements she spent a lot of time with developers and producers of such goods in the industries concerned, in order to understand how it would be possible to create such time series.The resulting deflators were (and are)used to assist in the measurement of capital goods in the Statistics Canada System of National Accounts.

    As well, there were always art galleries to visit, lunches to be enjoyed gardens to appreciate, and conversations about all manner of things along the way!

    Connie Jones was one of a kind and will be sorely missed!
    love, Katharine

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  5. Lawrie, Susan, and Freda Deane :

    Marion and Ray. Our condolences. Connie was a dynamic person, far ahead in her thinking and an inspiration. May you both be comforted by many good memories.

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  6. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Your mother was an incredible woman and an inspiration to us all.

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  7. As I received the news of the passing of your mother, my mind immediately traveled back to the many visits she made to Regina over the years, and to the deep conversations and wonderful visits we all shared. Connie was an exceptional woman and I consider myself truly blessed for having known her.

    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  8. ward vansteenwegen :

    Dear Marion,

    I’m really sorry to hear your Mom has passed away. I liked her, and will always keep excellent memories of her most generous hospitality and of her safetytips about bears.
    Wishing you and Ray lots of courage in these difficult times,

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  9. Karen and Mike Dodge :

    We send you our sincerest condolences. Our thoughts are with you at this time and hope that you find comfort in the many memories of such a a dear mother and inspiring woman.

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  10. Dear Marion,
    I am so sorry to hear this. I remember your Mum was such an elegant and inspirational lady. I still have the beautiful silk scarf you and your Mum gave me when you both visited Shanghai. My deepest condolence. My thoughts are with you. Hugs xx

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  11. Dave & June Blau :

    Marion & Ray, we are thinking of you as you grieve & share your sadness, though don’t pretend to comprehend the depth of yours. Saying goodbye to a Mother is one of the most difficult challenges in a lifetime. She was an amazing woman , we are fortunate to have met her.

    Love & hugs,
    Dave & June

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  12. Darlene Freitag :

    Dear Marion,
    Oh my what sad news – I adored Constance – she was a mentor – and truly a woman I admired.
    What a privilege to have known your mom. She even gave me her pass card to use to go to the Glenbow when I was in Calgary for meetings as she was not able to join with me but felt I should see the First Nations exhibit and then have a post viewing discussion – special for sure!
    Thinking of you and how you will miss your mom’s earthly presence, Darlene Freitag

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  13. Rosemary Brown :

    Dear Marion

    I was sorry to hear about your mother’s untimely end (it’s always untimely). Both Diana and Brian kept me posted.

    One of the things I remember best about your mother was her gin and tonics – to which she introduced me in 1972. I really haven’t had many since because I am fairly sure that anything I might order won’t be up to her standards and I won’t like it as well.

    I hope life is treating you well otherwise. Even though I haven’t been in touch with you for a long time, I do hear about you from time to time via Arlene and Diana, so I hope you continue to stay in contact with them.

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  14. Sandra Shadlock :

    I was so sorry to hear about Connie’s death. I first joined Prices Division straight out of university. I was young and Connie was working there at that time, and was a great role model. Her door was always open for advice, and she was very approachable and friendly. I still remember the fabulous slide show that she gave us of her trip to China. It’s very sad to think she is gone.

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  15. Dear Marion and Ray,

    My condolences to both of you. I knew your Mom through CFUW Calgary and admired her intelligence and caring attitude. She was involved in advocacy work with the Calgary Club and, of course, she supported the My Very Own Book Project. I remember her telling me about you and of how proud she was of the work you do.

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