#12 – Sally Ann Wilson Jones

(52 Ancestors #12 – Same)

I’m told I look and act a lot like my aunt Sally.  We all called her Auntie.  I miss her so much sometimes it hurts.

Summer 1937, about 3 1/2 years old
Summer 1937,     3 1/2 years old

Auntie was born January 30, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan.  In the 1940 census, she was aged 6 living at 2431 Bennett in Dearborn, Michigan.  Her parents were Charles and Helen (Oakes) Wilson.  Her brother, Charles, was 4.  My mother Mary was born in 1942. She went to high school at Dearborn High School, when it was located at Mason and Garrison Streets.  She graduated in 1952.

1952
1952

She secretly married Melvin Jones on July 4, 1960.  Then, on July 16, she served as my mother’s maid of honor, still keeping the secret!

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July 16, 1960 (Sally at right of the bride)

It must have been hard, this interracial marriage in 1960.  She loved him so much and after Uncle Melvin’s death in 1995 she kind of drifted away until she had to be placed in a nursing home because of dementia.

Melvin, Sally and Charles Jones, Christmas 1962
Melvin, Sally and Charles Jones, Christmas 1962

This is how I will remember her, long hair (which Melvin loved and she never cut until he died), rosy cheeks, loving arms.  Oh dear, I’m about to cry writing this.

Auntie, about 1985
Auntie, about 1985

Auntie died July 9, 2009 at the age of 75.

Acacia Park Cemetery, Beverly Hills, Mich.
Acacia Park Cemetery, Beverly Hills, Mich.

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