Connie Jones died at her home in Belfast in the early morning of Jan. 6, 2012, at the age of 96. She died peacefully in her sleep, at the end of a full, interesting and rewarding life.

Her full name was Constance Janet Smith Doolittle Cease Jones. Born in Boothbay Harbor, and orphaned at the age of 3, she and her brother Duane were adopted by Curtis and Flora Doolittle, and were raised in Montclair, N.J., summering in Boothbay Harbor.

Connie attended Oberlin and Principia Colleges, and at Principia met her first husband, the late G. Gardner Cease. They had two children, Richard and David, and lived in a succession of places depending on her husband’s career. Connie took great pleasure in creating beautiful homes everywhere they lived.

Shortly before World War II, she and brother Duane bought a farm in Lincolnville, and operated it summers as a country inn called Merrymeeting Farm, with guests typically staying a week or two. Later, Duane went on to found Down East magazine.

When Gardner retired, they bought and restored a 1790s cape in Union, doing much of the labor themselves. Connie loved the home, which she named High Meadow for its sweeping views from Appleton Ridge.

Gardner Cease died in 1978, and in 1988, Connie married D. Donald Jones. They lived happily at High Meadow until his death in 1996. Connie moved to Penobscot Shores in Belfast in 1998.

Throughout her life, she loved the Maine woods and coast, and spent many days on family-owned Lime Island in Penobscot Bay. She was a loving and supportive mother and grandmother, and a wonderful cook, especially famous for her blueberry pies. She loved to work on old houses, restoring them and installing her collection of antique furnishings. She loved to garden, and her homes were always beautiful with plantings and flowers. She loved her pets, especially her Irish setter and German shepherd dogs.

She is survived by her children, Richard and his wife, Karen Cease, of Camden, and David and his wife, Carol Cease, of Avon, Conn.; four grandchildren, Dana Cease of Dedham, Mass., Courtney Cease of Washington, D.C., Christina Cease of Rohnert Park, Calif., and Catherine Scheidler of Wilmington, N.C.; and two great-grandchildren, Callahan Cease and Connor Cease.

Members of the family will arrange a private memorial ceremony at a later date.