Jonnie Mae Conner Turns 95

Jonnie Mae Connor with a cake on the shelf and another burning “95” candles on the table.

Story and photo by Ima Denmon

Jonnie Mae Connor, a grandmother and great grandmother spent a blissful and fun evening recently with her grand children, Doris Marshall, Millard Connor and Carol Conner. The occasion was Jonnie Mae’s 95th birthday.

When asked where she wanted to go on her birthday, it was no surprise. “You know I like tacos,” she said.

Arrangements were made to take her to Garcia’s Mexican Food at 35th Ave. & Osborn where she was greeted by 35 of her grand and great-grand children and a table that held an assortment of beautiful flowers, hors-d’oeuvres, appetizers, and three cakes.

As Jonnie enjoyed her tacos, her oldest grandson Ted gave a presentation about some of the memories and events that have happened since Grandma came to Phoenix from Brownville, Texas 60 years ago. She went to Walker’s Beauty School, the first Black beauty school in Arizona, graduated and worked as a beautician at Adrian’s Beauty Salon for 40 years. Later, she did home care, helping senior and disabled people for several years. She is also one of the oldest Mothers at Phillips Memorial Church. Now she lives at home, where she enjoys making coffee and breakfast sometimes, and calling her daughter Carol to visit. Between her church life, many friends, her children, grand children and great grand children, and great grand nieces and nephews Jonnie leads a wonderful life and is looking forward to her 100th birthday.

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