My mother always told me and my sister before she passed that she wanted us to give her flowers while she was still alive. Most of the time we celebrate people we love after they have passed. Black Westchester wanted to honor one of Mount Vernon’s oldest living residents while she is still with us.
On Thursday, November 14, 2019, Lillian C. Jones will be 100 years old. We are so blessed to have her still with us. Lillian is a lifelong resident of Mount Vernon attending Mount Vernon schools and graduating from A.B. Davis High School.
On Thursday night friends and family members will gather at Lillian’s grandson’s establishment, The Spot located at 168 Gramatan Avenue to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Lillian retired from the Board of Elections in White Plains, NY as a Supervising Clerk after 34 years. She is a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church and was a member of the Gospel Chorus and the Westchester Gospel Chorus Guild. She is also a longtime member of the NAACP.
Lillian is the daughter of the late Irving and Clara Higgins; her mother was a Gold Star Mother. She had three brothers; Irving Higgins, Jr. who was killed in World War II, Henry Higgins a World War II Veteran and Clarence Higgins. She was married to the late Clarence Jones who was also a World War II Veteran.
Lillian is a life member of the Aaron A. Lewis Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary to Post #6396 for over 60 years. She is still an active member currently serving as Conductress for over 25 years. In the auxiliary, she served as secretary for 8 years, and after going through the chairs she served as President for 2 years. She served as Color Bearer in Westchester County Auxiliary & District #2 Auxiliary. She is a life member of the V.F.W. National Home. Her favorite saying in the auxiliary is “Anything for the Good of the Order”.
“NANA” as she is most commonly known has five generations in her family, one daughter Sylvia; two grandchildren Dwayne & Katrina; four great-grandchildren, Donte’, Dwayne Jr., Briana & DeAndre; two great-great-grandchildren, Camryn & Elijah.
Black Westchester proudly spotlights one of Mount Vernon’s oldest living residents, Lillian C. Jones, her years of service and celebrating her 100th birthday.