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Thursday, February 02, 2006

All Right, Who Invited the Senator?

From The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press:

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?"


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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.

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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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