I've always known her as "Aunt Marie." She was the catch-all and cure-all for the Jones family - the lone survivor from three generations ago.
I married into Aunt Marie's family almost six years ago: Her sister, Miriam, was my wife's great-grandmother (and namesake). Over the years, I've heard varied stories about the family matriarch - usually from the awed point of view of my wife.
Miriam and Missy Jones (now Brooks) were almost inseparable growing up. Aunt Marie was Missy's great-grandmother and her door was always open - and the table always set - for the duo.
Aunt Marie also accompanied various family members on road trips. Aunt Marie and Granny Miriam loved to talk, laugh, and have a good time. On their trips, they made sure to stop at all the candy stores, hamburger joints and ice cream parlors.
As Aunt Marie's daughter, Louise Graham, said the other day, "There was always plenty of food and plenty of fun and love at Granny Jones' house."
Next Wednesday is a time to add one more story: It's Aunt Marie's 100th birthday.
And in those 100 years, she's spent very little time out of the borders of McDuffie County. She was born here on Aug. 17, 1905, the oldest of eight children. She is the only one still living.
She married the late Clifford Jones, and they had four children: Gene Jones (Shirley), Sara Colvin (late William), Shirley Jones (deceased) and Louise Graham (Archie). They also had four grandchildren - James Jones, Wayne Jones (Vicki), Shirley Colvin and Carolyn Jiles (Greg).
Aunt Marie also has eight great-grandchildren - Scott Jones (Joanne), Missy Brooks (Todd), Jason Jones (Leigh), Brian Jones, Kelly Poss (Guy), Molly Ansley (Tab), Christen Jiles (Shannon) and Lauren Jiles; nine great-great-grandchildren - Nicole Jones, Austin Jones, Cliff Jones, Payton Brooks, Porter Brooks, Phoebe Brooks, Chloe Poss, Ethan Ansley and Carson Ansley.
And there are nine step-grandchildren, 21 step-great-grandchildren and eight step-great-great-grandchildren.
Her family and friends will gather a little early: a drop-in is set from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday at the home of her son, Gene Jones.
The family asks that you don't bring presents, just a few hugs.