Linda (Coggshall) Jones

Born: Thu., Jan. 2, 1947
Died: Tue., Sep. 8, 2020


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Sep. 14, 2020
Location: Terryville Congregational Church

Memorial Service

7:00 PM Mon., Sep. 14, 2020
Location: Terryville Congregational Church

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Linda (Coggshall) Jones, 73, of Terryville, wife of CJ Jones passed away peacefully with CJ by her side on Tuesday September 8, 2020 at Sheriden Woods Bristol.

     Just like the Monarch Butterfly makes a long journey home.  Linda M. Jones has made that journey. On the way she will cross over the Rainbow Bridge, where she will be reunited with her beloved pet “Boomer” That journey began.

     Linda leaves behind her loving husband Charles “C.J.” Jones, Married for 46 years and residents of Terryville, Connecticut.  Linda was a graduate of Central Connecticut State University.  An outstanding teacher in the New Britain School System.  Linda was recognized as the teacher of the year in New Britain in 1989.  Received New Britain’s Above and Beyond Award in 1998, and Central Connecticut State University Outstanding Alumnus Teacher Award in 2000.  She received her B.S. in elementary education in 1970, a Masters in 1980 and a sixth year in Reading in 1986.

     Linda was a master wildlife conservationist.  She raised and tagged Monarch butterflies for her students as well as Well Monarch Watch .org.  Several of her tagged butterflies from Hammonasset State Park in Connecticut were found in El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Mexico 2260 Miles away.

     Linda loved to read, plan trips, and make lasting memories through pictures and albums.  Her attention to detail is reflected in the many albums and collages she has put together on travels throughout Europe, the United States and camping trips in nearly every state.  A Wonderful Navigator before Siri.  She attended thousands of athletic events including NASCAR, Final Fours in basketball, NCAA tournaments in Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Countless softball games including State, Regional and National Tournaments. Putting together albums on all events.  While on these journey’s Linda never missed a church or a lighthouse.  We visited some of the most recognized church’s in Europe and if here was a lighthouse in a state we visited, we made a stop to visit it.

     Linda was a member of the Bell Choir at the Terryville Congregational Church.  She was also known for her chocolate chip cookies.  A reward for Central Connecticut’s Basketball, Soccer, and Volleyball teams when victorious over crosstown rival Hartford University.  Prior to our motorhome travel throughout the United States, Linda found some of the best Bed and Breakfast Inn’s in Europe like “Le Manor Aux Qust Saisons” in Oxfordshire, England or “Seal Cove Inn” in Half Moon Bay, California.        

      As a sign of appreciation from the students Linda came in contact with Linda attended many weddings of both her elementary and college students, on a couple of occasions several in one day.  Fascinated with space at a young age Linda spent the past several years in Titusville, Florida during the winter months, watching rockets launch from Cape Canaveral , it was a special time for her interest in space, which began even before the landing of the man on the moon.

     Linda will be dearly missed by friends, neighbors, and family.  I am grateful for the time we had together, and she has left me a lifetime of memories through her albums.

     Funeral services will be held 7PM on Monday September 14, 2020 at the Terryville Congregational Church.  Relatives and friends may call at the church Monday from 5-7PM.

     In lieu of flowers a scholarship is already established in her name.  So, donations to the scholarship “Linda M. Jones” will benefit a student from the New Britain School System who attends Central Connecticut State University and enters the teaching profession.  Checks can be sent to CCSU Foundation, P.O. Box 612, New Britain, CT  06050-0612.  Donations may be matched to a significant level to enhance the scholarship fund.

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Sharon from Sheriden Woods
   Posted Thu September 10, 2020
What a wonderful devotion Linda and Charlie had for each other which was evidenced by Charlie's visits to Linda at our facility. Flowers were delivered weekly. He visited by window and patio visits also conversing to Linda. He brought with him, Margaret, Linda's best friend to visit. Butterflies hung in her room and were in her flower arrangements. Her favorite CD's were brought in so we could play them for her such as Jimmy Buffet and Johnny Cash. We felt the bond between the two of them. I will always remember their shared love.

Rev. Dr. Bernita Babb & Family
   Posted Thu September 10, 2020

May you find comfort in knowing that we are holding you close in our hearts during this difficult time.
“The Lord bless you and keep you . . .be gracious to you . . . and
give you peace.”

Bernita, Pamela and Melanie

Montez Johnson
   Posted Thu September 10, 2020
Mrs. J, as I would refer to her as. I remember the first time I met you! CJ must have already filled you in on who I was and what he expected from me in the future prior to our meeting each other, because the first thing you did was hug me and welcome me into the CJ, CCSU, EOP family! To feel that support as a 17 year old black male from the projects in New York, coming to Connecticut for the first time and trying to figure out my place in the university and establish my foundation towards my academic and social success in a big university meant the world to me! Yes, all of that was placed in a relaxing place after I met you and received your blessings through such a warm greeting of welcome! Thanks Mrs. J for also showing me what it means to have a soulmate and a companion for life. When you walked into the room with CJ, it was like watching to people who were meant to be together! You made him look like the King he is! Your support for him was clear from the moment both of you walked into any room that I was in! I could only hope that my wife and I have the same presence of true love when we bless a room like you and CJ! People who may only know CJ a little, would say what we all say, which is "CJ is the greatest"! Family and friends who truly know CJ, will always say that "Mrs. J always made sure that CJ shined in any and everything he accomplished! His struggles were your struggles and his success is your success! I would like to say, REST IN PEACE, Mrs. J! I love and appreciate you! CJ, I appreciate you and all that you have done for me! My success is only a reflection of both you and Mrs. J! LOVE and Blessings, Montez

Karen Rybczyk Katz
   Posted Thu September 10, 2020
Dear CJ: While I didn't know you and Linda personally, I know what good friends you were to my late brother, Dave Rybczyk. Please know how much my heart grieves for your tremendous loss. Linda sounded like such a remarkable person. Sending love and light from our home in California to yours. I know Dave is up there telling Linda some corny jokes! xoxo Karen Rybczyk Katz

Holly Barnes Dozois
   Posted Sun September 13, 2020

I met Linda and yourself just once I believe. My Mom - Lois Barnes - told me that you were part of CCSU and I had attended Central Connecticut State College from 1968 until 1973 when I earned my elementary education degree. It was obvious how much both you and Linda cared about each other! I am terribly sorry for your loss! Linda lived a very full life in her time here on earth and when I read about her scrapbooks, etc. I thought of what great memories they would contain for you - before you mentioned that in her obituary! I chuckled at Siri because I am old school also - I am the planner and navigator of the trips that my husband and I take. No GPS or Garmin or whatever for us. I am the passenger navigator for my husband by using maps and atlases - and occasionally Google maps on my phone - now that I have an android phone from a few years ago. I was always interested in how the Monarchs got from here to Mexico - such a long and so many predators along the way, I would think. May God comfort you and may you someday enjoy opening those scrapbooks without a tear, while looking back on those special times!

Most sincerely,
Holly Barnes Dozois
#2 child and #2 daughter of Louie and Lois Barnes

Kevin and Paulette Brown
   Posted Mon September 14, 2020
Paulette and I are so thankful that we able to share memories with you and Linda at the Washington DC family reunion. Reading Linda's obituary was heart warming. The legacy that she has left is extraordinary she made a difference in so many lives. She created memories that will carry on forever. Please know that you are in our thoughts, and in our hearts.

Love Kevin and Paulette Brown

Lee Tryon
   Posted Wed September 16, 2020
Dear Charlie-I am heartbroken to learn of Linda's passing. I met Linda in 1964 when I was in DeMolay and she was in the Rainbow Girls. Though we hadn't been in touch lately, we had many adventures and good times while we were at Central and later, with friends Bob Larco, Peggy O'Neil and Ellen Stewart. From basketball games to softball games and tournaments with you CJ, to pizza & beer at Theresa's in New Britain, there was always fun and laughter. In later years, I looked forward to seeing you & Linda at Central football and basketball games. Linda was always upbeat and energetic, and loved teaching young people. You two were devoted to each other in the most beautiful way. We are all grateful to have had the opportunity to be around her. RIP, dear Linda❤️🕊🌈

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