GUN BARREL CITY–Maudie Jones or “Naughty Maudie” as her friends have named her, turned 90 years young Jan. 22 and her friends and family staged a celebration at one of their favorite breakfast places, Dairy Queen in Gun Barrel City. Shirley Jones, her longtime friend, coordinated the party.
Maudie was in for a big surprise as her daughter, Nell had driven in all the way from Savannah, Ga., for the celebration. Her other daughters blindfolded Maudie and had her guess who was wishing her a “Happy Birthday.” When she heard Nell’s voice, she stated shouting and praising God. She hadn’t seen her for several years and having her three daughters with her made for a sweet reunion and a very happy birthday. Her grandson, David and his wife Lucy were also present for the party.
Maudie Frances Sanders Jones was born Jan. 22, 1930. Maudie was raised in the Flag Lake community and attended Flag Lake, Eustace and Mabank schools. She graduated from Mabank in 1947.
Maudie lived in this area the majority of her life with a brief time in Dallas where she was employed by Sears and Roebuck and Hardware Mutual Insurance.
Maudie married Andy Jones in 1954. They lived near the Arcadia area for the majority of their marriage until they moved to Mabank in 1976 where she still resides today. Maudie is known for blessing many with her cooking skills. She could make a delicious meal and feed many. Many pastors have enjoyed Sunday lunch and sometimes supper at her table. If a child or an adult were hungry they knew where to go to get something to eat.
Maudie worked at the Vassarette sewing factory where she received awards for her ability as a quality seamstress and employee. She also worked for many years at McAnally grocery and laundry mat were she was known for making her Maudie Burgers. She brightened customers’ and friends’ lives and was loved by many.
She has been in the Tres Dias community since the fall of 2000 and this began her adventure of being involved with Kiros and Epiphany prison ministries for adults and teens. She was also involved in Vida Nueva where she acquired the nickname Naughty Maudie from the attending teens and is still known by that nickname today. Maudie also was a part of a ministry team that visited the Henderson County jail for several years.
Nowadays, she enjoys being active in her church. She likes going to the Senior Citizens Center in Mabank where her favorite game is Joker and she occasionally joins in with the 42 games on Wednesdays. She also plays Joker almost every Saturday afternoon rain or shine.
She is known for wearing her shiny sparkle caps.
Her four children, Nell, Dennis (who now resides in heaven), Judy and Susie rise up and call her blessed because she is a blessing. She has 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren with one on the way and one in heaven, one great-great- granddaughter and one great-great grandchild on the way.
A second celebration, planned by her daughter Susie, was held Jan. 25 at her home church, First Assembly of God in Mabank. Her cousin Elaine surprised her with a quilt made from quilt squares that Maudie’s mother Linnie had hand sewn together. The family member that won the fartherest traveled for this party was her great-grandaughter Megan and her family who drove in from North Carolina for the event.
Her daughter Judy had a special banner made for the event that read Happy 90th Birthday Naughty Maudie The cake was made by Terri and Amber Vincent and was yummy.
Maudie would like to thank all who attended her parties, sent cards, emailed, text-messaged and posted greetings on Facebook and all other ways people have made her feel special.