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Today would have been the 115th birthday of my great-grandmother, Mary Belle Jones-Clary.

December 20, 1897 – January 28, 1969

Belle was the daughter of Joel Monroe Jones & Anna Greenlee, and the older sister of Alpha, Henry & Harry.

Belle married John William Garrett Clary on September 30, 1920, and they had three children, Ronald Monroe Jones (1921-1936), Donna Mae Clary-Barmes (1924-1992), and Joyce Ann Clary-Riser (1933).

Belle & Garrett Clary with their daughters, Donna & Joyce

Belle & Garrett Clary with their daughters, Donna & Joyce

CLARY - Donna, Belle, Garrett, Joyce

Garrett & Belle Clary, 1964

Garrett & Belle Clary, 1964

Belle with her great-grandson, Darin  1965

Belle with her great-grandson, Darin 1965

Belle's mother, Anna Greenlee Jones

Belle’s mother, Anna Greenlee Jones

Belle & Henry Jones

Belle & Henry Jones

Belle & Alpha Jones

Belle & Alpha Jones

4 generations, 1964: Belle, Diana, Darin, Donna

4 generations, 1964: Belle, Diana, Darin, Donna

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Two years ago, today, my 15 year old son, Quintin, arrived in Dayton from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to join our family.

At our home, surrounded by family and friends, his case worker who accompanied him on the flight, led us in a Navajo candle-lighting ceremony to celebrate his birth family, those who assisted him on his adoption and foster journey, and his new adoptive family.

Quintin with his new grandma

Quintin with his new grandma

Adoption photolisting

Adoption photolisting

Adoption photolisting

Adoption photolisting

The 1st photo I saw of Quintin

The 1st photo I saw of Quintin

Our traditional 1st meal @ Wendy's

Our traditional 1st meal @ Wendy’s

Quintin's wonderful foster family

Quintin’s wonderful foster family

Ella Joan, Quin's New Mexico attorney

Ella Joan, Quin’s New Mexico attorney

Quin & Valerie Gonzales  Dec 2010

Quin & Valerie Gonzales Dec 2010

Quin & Dr. Thomas  Dec 2010

Quin & Dr. Thomas Dec 2010

The candle lighting ceremony  Dec 20, 2010

The candle lighting ceremony Dec 20, 2010

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