WWII veteran to celebrate 100th birthday
John Oliva Corpus Christi Caller Times USA TODAY NETWORK – TEXAS World War II veteran Audrey Jones will be celebrating her 100th birthday with a 'drive-by' parade at the Viera Senior Living Center on Feb. 1.
'When I turned 99, someone told me that I am a part of everyone I've met,' Jones said. 'I've speculated and thought about it, and it's true. The people you meet in your life affect you in many ways.'
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Corpus Christi Branch member was born in Madison, Wisconsin and graduated from Milwaukee-Downer College in 1941 with a major in foods and nutrition and chemistry. Jones has been a member of AAUW for over 50 years, serving as the Corpus Christi Branch president in 1994 to 1996.
Jones served as a hospital dietitian for the U.S. Army and was stationed in Southern England as troops prepared for the D-Day invasion in 1944. Her unit followed troops across the English Channel, landing at Utah Beach, and continued with the troops through France, Luxembourg and Germany.
After her Army service, Jones and her husband, Frank, moved to Corpus Christi where she earned her teaching certificate at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and raised three sons, Philip, Paul and David.
The parade will start at 4:30 p.m. at the north entrance of the Viera Senior Living Center at 3010 Airline Road.
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Audrey Jones served as a hospital dietitian in World War II. Audrey Jones
Audrey Jones has been a member of the American Association of University Women for more than 50 years. She was the president of the Corpus Christi Branch in 1994 to 1996. American Association of University Women Corpus Christi Branch