Mary (Jones) Fish-Johnson, 93

Mary (Jones) Fish-Johnson, 93, of Poultney, Vt., died Aug. 2, 2008 following a long battle fought against Alheizmers disease.

Born in Poultney, Vt., the daughter of Robert O. and Mary (Evans) Jones, Mary lived nearly all of her life in Poultney.  A fluent Welsh language speaker until she entered grade school, she is a graduate of Troy Conference Academy (33) and Green Mountain College (35).

She married her beloved husband, Gaylord L. Fish of Ira, Vermont in August of 1936 and together they celebrated 35 years of marriage.

Mary retired from Green Mountain College in 1979, a career that lasted over 30 years, 25 of those years having been as Campus Bookstore Manager following work as Secretary to President Jesse Bogue.  Mary and her husband Gaylord also were long-time agents of The Prudential Insurance Company and in Mary’s retirement, she was owner of ‘Town-N-Village Collectibles’ which she operated from her South Street home.

Always active within the local community and her church, she was long-time Secretary to the Administrative Board and Board of Trustees of Poultney United Methodist Church where she has been a member for 80 plus years.  She was baptized in Poultney Welsh Presbyterian Church.  Mary also served several terms on the Poultney School Board as well as having served several terms as a Justice of the Peace of Poultney.  She was long-time member of Evergreen Chapter OES #63 Eastern Star, Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce, Poultney Woman’s Club and Poultney Area St. David’s Society.

Survivors include one son, Edward R. Fish, grandsons David, Jeffrey and Vernon (Debbie) Fish, granddaughters, Heather (Fish) Dutcher of Queensbury, NY and Alison (Fish) Mowatt, several great-grandchildren, one sister, Marleta (Jones) Zidovsky-Campbell of Little River, SC, several nephews, two special nieces, Janice and Marilyn, the only daughters of her two sisters, several cousins and by her sister-in-law, Alba (Lincoln) Fish of Tinmouth, Vt.

Mary was predeceased in 1971 by Gaylord L. Fish, her beloved husband of thirty-five years, in 1991 by her son, Gaylord S. Fish, in 1968 by her 2-year old granddaughter, Laurie Ann Fish, in 1980 by her youngest sister, Thelma (Jones) Bruso and in 1985 by her second husband, John A. Johnson.  Prior to 1971, she was also predeceased by both her parents and her brother, Robert W. Jones. 

Three days prior to Mary’s death she is also predeceased by her 92 year-old “sister-cousin”, Laura (Williams) Abt of Middletown, NY.

There were no calling hours. 

Private family Christian burial will be held at a later date.

Donations in the memory of Mary may be sent to Poultney United Methodist Church, 103 Main Street, Poultney, VT 05764 earmarked for the church’s roof restoration project or to Green Mountain College, One College Circle, Poultney, VT 05764.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Roberts-Aubin Funeral in Poultney.

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