Bea Jones to celebrate 90th birthday Saturday
The great-granddaughter of Eliza Mott, Carson Valley’s first white woman settler, is celebrating her 90th birthday this Saturday.
Bea Jones was born on the west side of the Carson Valley and raised in Genoa.
“I went to school in the Genoa Courthouse Museum, when the seat was moved to Minden,” Jones said, remembering the early days of the Valley.
Jones used to live with her grandparents in Genoa during the week and then go back to her father’s ranch on the weekends.
Then Douglas County High School was built in Minden.
“We didn’t have buses then,” Jones said, so she caught a ride to school with the father of fellow Genoa resident Hazel Trimmer.
Jones also remembers one winter when she and her husband of 35 years, Myron Jones, were snowed in at a relative’s ranch for six weeks.
Jones’ life is full of wonderful memories of Carson Valley.
“I’m proud of my heritage,” Jones said, happy to point out that in her family there are “eight generations of Carson Valleyans.”
Jones has been an active member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program since 1973. She works to find volunteers that are placed in 20 different locations including schools and care centers.
She also attends the Methodist Church and has enjoyed traveling.
“I’ve been to every state in the Union,” Jones said proudly.
All of Mexico, Canada and four countries in Europe top off Jones’ traveling experiences. But no matter what, her heart is still in Carson Valley.
“My husband used to say, ‘You can travel all over, but you can’t find anything more beautiful Carson Valley,'” she said. “I don’t think anything, as a whole, compares to Carson Valley.”
Jones doesn’t see the growth of Carson Valley slowing down.
“I think it’ll eventually be a big city. All roof tops,” Jones said.
But she still remembers when it was all ranches with newborn calves and hundreds of chickens.
“I’d like to see it as it used to be. I’d like to see the green kept green,” Jones said, but she knows that the Valley will continue to grow and there’s nothing that’s going to stop it.
She is excited for her birthday party, which has been organized by two of her neices. The event is open to the public, which Jones likes.
“With all the people I know at the senior center and my neighbors, I feel good that it’s open to the public,” Jones said. “I didn’t want to send invitations and have people think afterwards, ‘Why wasn’t I invited to the party?’ This is the way to do it.”
Jones has enjoyed seeing the development of space travel, the automobile and the airplane throughout her lifetime.
Her advice for others is what her mother always used to say, “Do unto others as you would be done by.”
The family and friends of Bea Jones are invited to her 90th birthday celebration July 17, 1-3 p.m. at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.