November Senior Spotlight is Muriel Jones

Published on November 22, 2017 with 1 Comment

Social activity is an important part of life for senior citizens, said Muriel Jones, 79, who regularly attends the senior program at Guy Thompson Community Center on Byrom Street in the city of Milton. Jones said she keeps active by attending the programs and volunteering as much as she can because it keeps her from being alone.

Originally from Canada, Jones moved to Rochester, New York on her husband’s work Visa in 1965, “with 3 children ages 6, 4 and 2.” But she came to Milton 25 years ago from Virginia to be near her only daughter. Her two options, at the time, she said, were moving to be near her two sons, who both lived in New York or her daughter who had recently moved to Florida. “It wasn’t a hard choice,” she said with a laugh. Since her daughter was relatively new to the area, she didn’t know anyone. Jones said she bought the newspaper began reading it regularly.

“If you’re newly single, that means you’ve had a husband most of your life that took up most of your time, but you no longer have that partner, now there’s a void. The senior program can help fill that time and make new friends. Even if you’re new to the area. It’s a great place to meet new people.”

She said she read about an aerobics class at a local church and decided to  attend to meet people. “Then, I saw an ad for a volunteer at RSVP. I checked it out and decided to volunteer. I began to make more friends. I eventually was hired and I worked there for 10 years. I went on to other places but after retiring, I decided to keep working and volunteering with seniors.” Since her daughter passed away, she’s focused on having fun and staying active.

“I’m in the senior activities committee, and I volunteer and participate in all of the activities at the Guy Thompson Community Center. I think the program is wonderful. It’s much needed in Milton,” said Jones.

Joe Paschal, senior events coordinator at the Guy Thompson Community Center said Jones’ enthusiasm is contagious.

“Muriel comes to every event and is very active in the program. She takes Tai Chi, Yoga, Zumba. If it’s happening, she’s here,” said Paschal. “Nothing keeps Muriel down.”

Jones is also active with singing in the church choir and at the 55+ Activity Committee at First Baptist Church in Milton, the Newcomers Club, Canoe Square Dance Club, Bells and Beaus, Pensacola Senior Follies, Sassy Singles Senior Club, Gulf Coast A’s Square Dance Club and the Les Awesome Chapeaux Rouges Red Hat Club. But most of all, she said it’s important to stay active and have fun.

“If you’re newly single, that means you’ve had a husband most of your life that took up most of your time, but you no longer have that partner, now there’s a void. The senior program can help fill that time and make new friends. Even if you’re new to the area. It’s a great place to meet new people.”

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  1. Wow ….What a beautifully written tribute to a well deserved friend ..I know Muriel from our Newcomers Club. She always has a smile and hug when we meet .. Great lady and my friend !!!!!

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