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4/10/04 - Jacksonville

Woman Celebrates 106th Birthday

It's getting hard for Lydia Jones to keep up with her family. After all she has 64 grandchildren, 181 great grandchildren, 190 great-great grandchildren and 6 great-great-great grandchildren. Saturday, all generations showed up at a Jacksonville restaurant to wish the woman they call grandmother a happy 106th birthday.

Her youngest daughter, Lorine Brooks said helping people has been Jones's way of life.

"She always would raise a garden and peas and she was a farmer out there and everything but she wouldn't sell nothing, she would always give it to the neighbor," she said. "That was the life that she loved... to help people."

Arthritis in her knees has made helping others difficult of late. But her granddaughter, Lydia Miller said that doesn't stop her from trying.

"I moved here from Dallas about 8 years ago to come and stay with her and its more like her taking care of me than me taking care of her."

Jones doesn't communicate as well as she used to, and it's sometimes hard for her to remember names, but loved ones said they never forget the lessons she taught them.

"I just think god for her because right now I'm living, because of the things that she had taught me about how to treat people or how to love people," Brooks said.

They're lessons that have been passed down through generations.

Jones's long life isn't out of the ordinary in her family. Family members said her father lived until he was 114, she had a sister that lived until a 106 and two brothers that lived until 102 and 98 respectively.

Chris Gibson, reporting

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