Wood Funeral Home

16 Main St., Branchville, NJ


Patricia T. Jones

February 23, 1938June 4, 2020

Patricia T. Jones, 82, of Newton, died Thursday, June 4, 2020, at home.

Born in Westfield, Pat lived in Westfield before moving to Newton. She was a volunteer at Westfield School Library, which led to her position of Librarian Secretary at Westfield High School before her retirement.

Pat loved horses and passed that love onto her daughter, Gayle. Pat and her husband, Jim, enjoyed taking pictures and sharing them with others while driving around the USA and parts of Canada. She had a passion for lighthouses and enjoyed collecting pictures from wherever they visited. They hiked trails and climbed mountains too. They made regular trips to Florida, Maine and southern Virginia, but frequently took the longest route available and met a lot of friendly country people along the way.

The daughter of the late Burr A. and Florence (Sayre) Towl, Pat was also predeceased by two sisters, Carol and Barbara. She is survived by her husband, James Jones, and well as her daughter, Gayle Russel and husband, Edward, of Rhinebeck, New York.

A private graveside service will be held in Branchville Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Wood Funeral Home, 16 Main Street, Branchville.


  • James Jones, Husband
  • Gayle Russel (Edward), Daughter
  • Burr A. Towl, Father (deceased)
  • Florence Sayre, Mother (deceased)
  • Carol & Barbara, Sisters (deceased)


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Arthur & Bonita Poitras

June 9, 2020

Our deepest sympathy, James, at this sorrowful time. Our hearts are heavy. We will miss Pat and your visits here to our cottage in Deer Isle, Maine, for so many years. You have so many memories and wonderful photos of your travels with Pat. We hope you can draw peace and strength from these to move on.
Arthur & Bonita Poitras
Deer Isle, Maine

Nancy Lees

June 8, 2020

Jim & Family,
My heartfelt sympathy to you on Pats passing!
Your Friend,
Nancy Lees

Nancy Drexel

June 7, 2020

"Mom" what can I say? Will miss our surprise "meetings" in the stores! We'd end up talking for half an hour and catch up. You're a trooper - you and "Dad" marching onward, up and down all those trails, path,s and seashores. You were a great "model" for many of Dad's pictures. Most of all, I remember all the years of horse shows we went to - many many shows over the years. While they were long ago, they seem like yesterday. Great friendships. I know it was "your time" but none of the rest of us knew including Dad. We will be OK and get through this, promise. We love you. We love you very much and hey, say hi to WALT for me. Tell him I'll get there! Love you so much. We'll be ok. Sending hugs to you. You're just an AWESOME lady! XOXOX Love you - Nancy

Mary Weston Koch

June 5, 2020

I will always remember the days spent at your house hanging out with Gayle. Our youth was filled with imagination. We were always busy doing something from building a “tree-fort” overlooking the Lincoln School parking lot, spending the night with the opossum, the weekends on the river or lake, playing with the plastic horses or running through the sprinkler. You always made me feel welcome... even when I just turned up for lunch in elementary school. I remember you would make Chef Boyardee after calling my mom for permission to stay. You were my second mom for a while. Thank you for the wonderful memories. You will be greatly missed. Huggie-Huggie!! Rest In Peace
Love, Mary