Family helps Windsong resident celebrate 100th birthday
|Gladys Jones is shown at front with her daughters, from left, Marva Kent and Darlene Sherman, and sons, from left Edgar McNair and Ronald Jones, during a party in her honor Sept. 13 at Windsong Care Center.|
|Photo: Kathleen Folkerth|
Family and friends from near and far gathered at Windsong Care Center, where Jones has lived for more than 10 years, for a party the afternoon of Sept. 13.
In attendance were her four surviving children, Ronald Jones, 80, of West Akron; Marva Kent, 73, of Las Vegas; Darlene Sherman, 62, of Kennesaw, Ga.; and Edgar McNair, 61, of Cleveland.
Jones said she credits her faith for her long life.
“It was living the way God taught us to,” she said, adding that family has always been an important part of her life.
That was evident at her party, which her sister, Thelma Evans, 96, of The Woodlands, Texas, also attended, as well as nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Jones’ family members said their matriarch’s birthday was to be marked with a daylong celebration on Sept. 15 that would start with a service at Shiloh Baptist Church on Grant Street in Akron, followed by a dinner and celebration that afternoon at the Bath Community Activity Center. About 75 people were expected to attend.
Jones was born in 1913 in Troy, Ala., and moved to the Akron area at age 3 with her family.
She said she worked for a time at Goodyear Aviation during World War II and also did housework for families over the years.
She was married three times, twice to Sammy Odell Jones and once to Allen McNair, and said she lived in West Akron before moving to Windsong. Two sons, Odell and Robert, are deceased.
Family members said Jones still plays bingo, playing six cards at a time.
When asked what was the greatest thing that she witnessed in her lifetime, Jones didn’t hesitate to answer.
“Living to see our president, Barack Obama,” she said.
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