Mary Constance Stone
September 23, 1921 - February 19, 2012
Beloved Mother and Grandmother
Mary Constance (Moses) Stone died peacefully at the Doolittle Home in Foxboro on February 19, 2012. She was born in Great Bend, Kansas on September 23, 1921. Her parents were Helene Gay (Connett) Moses and Frank A. Moses. She was the youngest of six children - Theodore, Jean, Eleanor, Dorothy and Bess, all of whom predeceased her. Great Bend was founded in the late 19th century by her great uncle George Nelson Moses and her grandfather Frank Moses, both of whom were Civil War veterans from the North. She grew up surrounded by a large extended family.
Connie, as she was known, grew up during the Great Depression, and this experience left an indelible mark on her character; she always appreciated the vibrant, prosperous and generous economies of later years. Her parents wanted her to become an actress, but though she received a scholarship to study acting, she studied and graduated from Colorado Womens' College, and then was drawn into nursing at the outbreak of World War II. Nursing was her way of supporting the war effort. Her interest in world affairs and politics remained a passion for her whole life.
In 1945 she married Charles H. Stone, who she met while he was convalescing from tuberculosis as a soldier in a US Army hospital in Florida. They moved to New England, but she always missed the atmosphere of the extended family that she had left behind in Kansas. Connie and Charles had two children, Greta and Gregory. She always considered her children her greatest accomplishment in life.
Connie had wide range of interest ranging from astrology, new age thinking, and spiritual philosophies. She was open to many different spiritual paths, and was a life long member of the Unitarian Universalist Church. She was also active in the local theater groups, acting in many plays.
When first married, Connie worked as a nurse in a doctors office, often accompanying women to the hospital to be with women when they gave birth. One of her favorite stories was the time she spent with Ted Williams' wife. After she had children she worked sporadically, mostly part time. Later, she worked full time as prison nurse at MCI Norfolk and MCI Framingham. She found great fulfillment in this work and helped many men and women in prison. Many stayed in touch with her, gave her gifts and visited after they were released.
Connie had a warm, all-embracing personality, and she will be dearly missed by her children, her three grandchildren (Jonathan, Madelaine, and Juan), her son-in-law Andy Myers and daughter-in-law Austen Stone, and her many friends.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, March 3, at 2 PM at the FirstParish Church, 50 Cochituate Rd., Wayland. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Doolittle Home, 16 Bird St., Foxborough.
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