Nellie Jones on Monday turns 109 or 110, depending on which source you go by
Sunday, January 29, 2006
By Kym Reinstadler
The Grand Rapids Press
ZEELAND -- A smile dawned on Nellie Jones' face when she was told a corsage and a decorated cake are on order for her birthday Monday, but it faded when she learned a senator would be one of the party guests.
"I went to work, not school," Jones said from her wheelchair at Heritage Home Healthcare. "I can't read and I can't write. I don't want a lot of questions. What does a senator want with me?"
Jan. 30 is Jones' 109th birthday, according to the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Census. However, it's her 110th birthday according to her family Bible, which she presented as a token of love to her former minister, who now resides in Florida.
Jones has always taken the discrepancy in stride. When you have lived long enough to see parts of three centuries, you don't fret about a little thing like losing one year to the government, she said.
"All I know for sure is that I'm really getting up there," Jones said, with a chuckle.
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