Friends and neighbours planted a commemorative maple tree to wish Marion Jones a happy 100th birthday. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Friends and neighbours planted a commemorative maple tree to wish Marion Jones a happy 100th birthday. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Courtenay’s Marion Jones marks 100th birthday milestone

Friends, neighbours plant a commemorative maple tree to wish her happy birthday

Marion Jones celebrated a milestone with friends on Friday afternoon.

Last month, she actually turned 100 years old and spent it with her family. Her neighbours at Canterbury Place in Courtenay though wanted to wish her well and organized an event, complete with cake, for Aug. 6.

“Marion is an original resident here,” said organizer Michele Morton. “She’s one of our last remaining original residents.”

The main event though was the unveiling of a maple tree and birthday plaque in her honour. It was under wraps, and Jones got the chance to pull off the cover with a fishing rod.

“We have chosen a gift that will live on for the next 100 years,” Morton said.

The guest of honour was touched when she saw what her friends had done.

“Well, thank you very much,” she said. “I never thought of anything like this.”

Jones was born in Rokeby, Sask., on a homestead that is still in the family. She took nurses training and was working in a hospital in Manitoba when she met future husband Harold. He joined the Air Force after the couple was married, and they moved around for his many postings, which included Comox. They came back to the area and bought a hobby farm in Merville until Harold passed away in 1992.

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It was then that she moved to her current home. She got involved in many community groups and activities, and she has been an avid traveller to places like Australia and Africa.

Over the years, the couple had four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Daughters Linda Jones and Sharon Fraser joined her on Friday.

“She was still going to her exercises until COVID hit,” daughter Linda said.



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Marion wasn’t the only Comox Valley resident celebrating the 100-year milestone last week. Violet Comar, a resident at Glacier View Lodge, also celebrated her 100th birthday on Aug. 6. A highlight of the day was receiving congratulations from Queen Elizabeth. Mrs. Comar served in the Canadian Women’s Service Force in Toronto during World War II undergoing firearms training in readiness for defence of Canada.

Marion wasn’t the only Comox Valley resident celebrating the 100-year milestone last week. Violet Comar, a resident at Glacier View Lodge, also celebrated her 100th birthday on Aug. 6. A highlight of the day was receiving congratulations from Queen Elizabeth. Mrs. Comar served in the Canadian Women’s Service Force in Toronto during World War II undergoing firearms training in readiness for defence of Canada.