At age 91, she was driving younger women in their seventies and eighties to their doctor appointments.
Finally, when she turned 93, she decided to give herself permission to sleep later and take an afternoon nap if she felt like it. But she still kept up her hair appointments, her exercise class and teaching the Bible Class– up until the day she had the stroke from which she never really recovered. She died on New Year’s Day, 2011, just seventeen days short of her 94th birthday.
After our mom’s passing, her daughters– we four Jones girls– decided to go on a yearly Sisters Retreat. This is how we would strengthen our bonds as sisters and as daughters of a fabulous woman who stayed young and refused to ever complain about the ailments of “old age.” Because you’re only as young as you feel.