France, Beverly Jones (Gunther)

Beverly G. Jones France, 84, of Farmington died peacefully at the UCONN John Dempsey hospital on Wednesday, December 26. She was born in Hartford to the late J. Gordon and Georgia (Parsons) Gunther. Beverly graduated from Farmington High School in 1952.
While raising her children, Beverly enjoyed many summers at Block Island, fishing on weekends with her first husband, David, in hopes of catching a swordfish but settled for a marlin (still quite a catch!). Winters provided time for skiing and skating, where she could also enjoy time with a warm drink in the lodge. Gardening was a favorite activity throughout her years, as well as feeding and caring for stray animals. Beverly retired from Edmunds Gages where she was a receptionist. Beverly then spent time relaxing by her pool and continued gardening, enjoying the company of her husband, Arthur, as well as grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling to visit children and grandchildren, as well as several cruises.
Beverly was a member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Unionville, CT. She later sang in the choir along with Arthur.
Beverly is survived by her five children, Gale Balavender and her husband Joe of Salem, Heather Rackliffe and her husband Gary of Farmington, Holly Fisher of Southampton NJ, Matthew Jones and his wife Donna of Bristol, and Mark Jones of Farmington; her brother Guy Gunther and his wife Diane of Plainville CT/Boynton Beach FL; seven grandchildren, Michael and Christopher Rackliffe, Matthew and Glenn Jones, Jonathan Fisher and his wife Alisha, and Zachary Fisher and his wife Jaclyn, Aubrey Reese and her husband Jeremy; three great-grandchildren, Kylie and Logan Jones, Leo Fisher. There are many nieces and nephews, as well as multiple step-children, along with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by three husbands, David Jones, Francis Connolly, and, most recently, Arthur France.
Special thanks to the staff at Touchpoints in Farmington who provided such compassionate care for Beverly in recent months.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Route 4, Unionville, on Saturday, January 5 from 9-11 am. The Funeral Service will follow at 11:30 am at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 61 Main Street, Unionville. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. To send online condolences to the family, please visit



Calling Hours

Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 9:00-11:00am

Funeral Service

Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11:30am in the First Church of Christ, Congregational, ~ Unionville



Memorial Contribution

To a charity of the donor’s choice

4 Responses to 'France, Beverly Jones (Gunther)'

  1. Hannah and dave says:

    Dearest Heather and the entire family, Dave and I send our most sincere condolences for the passing of your wonderful Mother/Grandmother! I loved her so much. She was like another Mother to me in my late teens and early twenties!! She was an inspiration to me. I so looked up to Bev all my life and have always had her in my heart! Godspeed Dearest Beverly!

  2. Bev & Vin Coccoli says:

    May she sing in heaven with the angels.

  3. Laureen and Bill King says:

    Sincere sympathy to your families at this time of sorrow.

  4. Ed and Dee tousey says:

    Our sincere condolences to the family. May she be looked after by god in heaven now and reunited with her lost loveones

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