Selma Woman Turns 100

VALLEY GRANDE, Ala. (AP) - A Selma woman who is celebrating her
100th birthday says her family is her crowning achievement.

Family members gathered over the weekend to celebrate the life of Bessie Lee Jones, who turned 100 on Wednesday. Her son, Carson
Jones, expects 50 more people to come through his home in Valley
Grande this weekend.

Jones' husband was killed in 1945 while cutting down a tree, leaving her with three boys and no car in Independence, a community near Autaugaville. Despite the tragedy, she has lived to see the births of eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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