Lucille Elizabeth Juergens Jones Throop, 101 ½, passed away peacefully on July 18, 2021, in Niskayuna, NY. ‘Cille, as she preferred to be called, was born in Rome, NY, on December 9, 1919, to the late William P. Juergens and Ruth Evans Juergens Miller. ‘Cille’s father, co-owner of Juergens and Fraser Jewelry, passed away suddenly when ‘Cille was 13 years old and her brother, G. William Juergens was eight. Upon the remarriage of her mother in 1937, she welcomed her stepfather, Dr. John R. Miller, D.O. and two stepbrothers Dr. Murray Miller and Horace Miller into her life. ‘Cille graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1937 and went on to study business at the Excelsior School of Business. She was employed at the offices of the Drs. Miller when she met her future husband, William R. Jones (Bill) of Whitesboro. They were married in 1942.
When Bill entered the Army Medical Corps during World War II, ‘Cille followed him to Long Island where she worked as a secretary in an Army office. Together they had three children Carol, Doug, and Marilyn.
Bill passed away suddenly in 1974. At that time, she became a secretary in the Rome School District, ultimately serving as secretary to Principal Phil Howlett at Strough Jr. High School. After 17 years of being a widow, she rekindled her friendship with widower Vincent Throop whom she married in 1990. They were together 10 years before Vince passed. Former RFA beau Risley Dixon re-entered her life after Vince’s passing. They spent many wonderful times traveling the world over their six years together.
‘Cille was a life-long member of First Presbyterian Church of Rome where she served as Deacon, Elder, choir member, bell ringer, and later secretary to Nellie Burroughs, the Christian Education Director. She loved playing cards with her friends, children, and grandchildren, and in addition to numerous card games, taught many of them to play backgammon. She loved baking cookies for her children and grandchildren and welcomed teaching her grandchildren her favorite recipes. She was always a lover of the outdoors, planting vegetable and flower gardens, and spending summer vacations in the Adirondacks, particularly on Raquette and Fourth Lakes.
‘Cille enriched the lives of those around her through her joyous and sincere love for others. She made friends wherever she was — in Chapter AU, P.E.O. Sisterhood where she served as president and treasurer, the Rome Twigs, Genetaska, YMCA, bridge clubs, bowling, and, of course, the church. Two very special friends stand out. Ruth Magee, neighbor and second mother when the children were growing and later as traveling companion to Europe, Hawaii, and the Continental US. Anne Hinton became her shopping, card playing, and dining out BFF in ‘Cille’s later years. As housemates and bosom buddies, they were practically joined at the hip until Anne’s passing last year.
She is survived by her daughters, Carol Baker (Bob) and Marilyn Dare (Jed); her daughter-in-law, Patricia Jones; stepson, Dan Throop (Lauren); and special daughter, Bonnie Dixon Mackin; grandchildren, Katherine Baker, Kathryn Parmelee (Danielle), Sara Gustafson (Bill), Ben Throop (Kristen), Jessica Throop Heilmann (Matt), Devon and David Dare; great-grandchildren, Kallie and Kasey Gustafson, Andrew and Grace Shatrau, Lucas and Jacob Heilmann, and Elliott and Alice Throop; her sister-in-law, Jean Juergens; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, stepfather, and stepbrothers, ‘Cille was predeceased by her first husband, Bill Jones; her son, Douglas R. Jones; her second husband, Vince Throop; her stepson, Robert Throop; her special friends, Ruth Magee and Anne Hinton; and her third love, Risley Dixon.
A Celebration of Life will be held on November 27, 2021, at 11 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary with a reception to follow in Fellowship Hall. A private inurnment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery. Those who wish to honor ‘Cille’s memory are asked to consider a gift to the First Presbyterian Church, 108 W. Court St., Rome, NY 13440; or to Jervis Library, 613 N. Washington St., Rome, NY 13440.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Prince-Boyd & Hyatt Home For Funerals, Inc., 210 W. Court Street, Rome.
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