In Memory of

Diane

C

Jones

Obituary for Diane C Jones

In loving Memory of Diane C. Jones | January 23, 1941 – September 21, 2023

After a long life filled with family, friends, and music Diane joined her late husband William David Jones, sister Carol E. Cullington and parents Edmund Henry Cullington and Anna Mary (Sportum) Cullington when she passed away unexpectedly in her Millis home on September 21.

Born in Cambridge, Diane graduated from Belmont High School in 1959 and attended the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music education with a concentration in piano. As a member of the New England Conservatory Choir, Diane had the honor of performing in numerous concerts at Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall under the baton of Lorna Cooke deVaron. Ever devoted to the art of music, Diane furthered her education by earning a Master’s degree from Lesley College and pursuing Orff Levels training at the University of Memphis. As a singer with the Ralph Farris Chorale of Dover, Diane also had the pleasure of performing in England, Israel, and Scotland. 

Diane channeled her love of music and young people by educating students in the Dover-Sherborn school system for 43 years where she earned countless awards and was beloved by students and teachers alike. Diane took great pride in involving her students in countless musical shows and concerts, taking on several projects like the Medieval Festival, Colonial Unit, 5th Grade Jubilee and Intergenerational Concerts. She also directed the opening ceremony performance of Benjamin Britten’s, Noye’s Fludde for the American Orff Schulwerk Association National Conference in Boston.

In her spare time, Diane loved spending time with family, summering on Cape Cod and performing with the Dover Foundation (either on stage or in the orchestra pit conducting). Other passions included cooking, gardening and flower arranging. She also particularly enjoyed traveling with her sister, Carol to explore Prague and France.

Her true musical passion was performing early music which she fulfilled by singing for various groups in Boston and the North Shore.  She was also an active member of the choir and leader of the altar guild at Saint Dunstan’s Church in Dover.

Diane is survived by her sons Christopher and Michael Jones of Medfield, her daughter-in-law Kate Jones and her grandchildren Abigail, Eleanor, William and Carolynn.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, September 29 from 4:00pm - 8:00pm at Roberts Mitchell Caruso Funeral Home; 15 Miller Street, Medfield. A funeral mass and celebration of life will be held from 10:00am - 1:00pm at Saint Dunstan’s Episcopal Church; 18 Springdale Avenue in Dover on Saturday, September 30.

Flowers and expressions of sympathy may be sent to Roberts Mitchell Caruso Funeral Home, 15 Miller Street, Medfield, MA 02052 in advance of visiting hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered in Diane’s name to the New England American Orff-Schulwerk Association Attn: NEAOSA Treasurer David Ruggiero, 22 East Street, Milford, MA 01757.