Texan Amanda Roberts Jones, the 110-year-old daughter of a slave, died in her sleep Thursday, just two days after her birthday and less than two months after she voted for the first African-American president, The Houston Chronicle reports.
She had just received a new dress that she would wear to a Sunday celebration honoring her life, according to the newspaper. "We are still going to celebrate her life," her granddaughter, Beverly Shaw, told the Chronicle on Friday.
When Jones was born on Dec. 16, 1898, the Titanic had not yet been built and the Wright brothers had not taken flight from Kitty Hawk, N.C. Shaw said that her grandmother was in “awe” every time she saw an airplane in the sky.
"Her father was a slave, and she did tell stories about working in the cotton fields and working on differing plantations, picking vegetables and cotton," Shaw told the Chronicle. Granddaughter Brenda Baker said, “She thought it was wonderful that she had lived to see an African-American become president. She was thankful she got to see that."
Jones and her late husband, C.L. Jones Sr., had 10 children, and together they owned a country store in Cedar Creek; it was the first African-American-owned business in that community.
Jones had 32 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren.