Anna Jones honored on 94th birthday

Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Anna Jones

Town Crier News Staff

Anna Jones of Manila, Monette Manor resident, was honored on Thursday with a birthday party celebrating her 94th birthday.

Marcie Strickland provided a special birthday cake with three candles.

"The three candles are for health, wealth, and happiness," Strickland said.

Mrs. Jones has been a resident at Monette Manor for the last 15 months. She has made a lot of good friends there and always has a smile for everyone.

She was born in Jackson County on Feb. 28, 1914. She was the youngest of nine children born to Cora and Joseph Slayton.

She has seen a lot of changes in her lifetime and gives the Lord credit for her 94 years.

She is a charter member of Brown's Chapel Baptist Church, established in 1932. She has attended other churches while living in California and other places but never moved her membership.

"We started with about 36 members and got up over 100 at one time," she said.

She served as pianist at the church for several years.

Mrs. Jones is independent and cared for herself at home raising a garden, canning, and fishing until she had a heart attack 15 months ago. She drove around in her 1971 yellow pick-up.

"I had the motor replaced in 1979 and drove it until I came to live at Monette Manor," Jones said.

During her husband's military career, she followed him and while he was overseas for three years she worked.

They lived in California for 10 years and she enjoyed working in the grape vineyards.

"I packed all brands of raisins for market," she said.

In addition to California, she has visited in Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Michigan, and New York.

"I really didn't care much about New York, but I did enjoy visiting the Grand Ole Opry three times," she said.

She loved to garden and raise vegetables almost as much as she likes to fish. She has fished from the banks of Buffalo Ditch to deep sea fishing in California and Florida.

"We went to Florida with Mr. and Mrs. White one winter in 1958," Mrs. Jones said. "I really enjoyed the fishing."

In the 1960s while fishing in California, she caught a 20 pound tuna.

"He gave me a chase, but I won in the end," she said.

She and her husband drove 150 miles to Morro Bay to fish where they would get a cabin and fish all day.

"We took the 20 pound tuna home with us and I canned it using my pressure cooker," she said. "I had enough tuna to share with our friends."

Mr. Jones died 15 years ago.

Of all the places she has visited, she said Arkansas is still her favorite and is home.

Mrs. Jones has one son, Jewell Edward Bibbs. He and his wife live in Burton, Mich.

She has one granddaughter, one grandson, one great-granddaughter and two great-grandsons, also living in Michigan.

Her friends sang Happy Birthday and she opened gifts. She received a special package from her son and family and a monogrammed throw from a niece in Oregon.

Attending the party were staff and residents of Monette Manor, family members and friends, Bobby Smith of Manila, Danny and Faye Cox of Cardwell, and Joan Master-Whitehead of Manila.

She enjoyed reading the cards and messages from her family and friends.

She said since she can't go fishing these days she enjoys working crossword puzzles, word search puzzles, reading and writing.

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