Laverna Mildred Jones, 101, of Billings, who had worked at numerous jobs and was active in the community, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
She was born Feb. 25, 1911, in Piapot, Saskatchewan, Canada, and moved to Laurel in 1927, where she was in a beauty pageant.
In 1931 she married George Arthur Jones and had two children, Clara Belle and Charles Everett.
Over the years, she had worked as a nanny, in a coal mine, ran her own secondhand store, was a talented seamstress who made dolls and stuffed animals, crocheted, baked, cooked and raised flowers and gardens. She also was a pianist, painted works of art, and raised a menagerie of critters on her little farm, which many years ago was dubbed “The Poor Man’s Ponderosa.”
She had been a member of the Moose Lodge for 64 years, the Rebekah Lodge for 56 years, the Pink Powder Puffers – a Yellowstone County extension club - and the Senior Citizens Center.
She won many ribbons and awards at MontanaFair for items that she had made or grown herself: canned goods, flowers, vegetables, baked goods, sewing, plastic canvas and crocheting.
She had received care from Dr. Andrea Darilek and the Billings Clinic hospital staff.
Survivors include a daughter, Clara Belle Gibson; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 35 great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. A reception will follow at the home of Peggy Gibson, 4222 Murphy Ave.