Amanda Roberts Jones dies at 110
Amanda Roberts Jones, a slave's daughter who lived long enough to vote for the first black- American President, has died two days after her 110th birthday.world Updated: Dec 20, 2008 13:20 IST
Amanda Roberts Jones, a slave's daughter who lived long enough to vote for the first black- American President, has died two days after her 110th birthday.
Jones, who became a celebrity of sorts after she mailed in her ballot in favour of Barack Obama in late October just ahead of the November 4 polls, had recently been hospitalised with pneumonia. She died in her sleep on Thursday in Austin, Texas, her family said.
"She lived awful long," Jones' granddaughter Brenda Baker was quoted as saying by 'Austin American-Statesman'. "It was a full life, and her faith in God helped her live a long life."
On her birthday on December 16, Jones became a member of a small group of super-centenarians -- people who live to 110 or older, according to the Gerontology Research Group, which validates claims of extreme old age.
She was preparing for a birthday party on Sunday that was expected to be a standing-room-only event at a downtown Austin hotel, the report said.
Jones' father, Emmanuel Alfred Roberts, worked as a slave for a rancher before he was emancipated at age 12.
Her 75-year-old daughter, Eloise Baker, said she had also taken Jones to vote for Obama in the March primary. According to area election officials, Jones was probably the oldest active registered voter in Central Texas.
When news of her vote spread, Jones was profiled on National Public Radio and ABC News.
During a life that touched three centuries, Jones worked as a maid, a farmer and a stay-at-home mother.
Jones had voted for more than 70 years even when it meant she had to pick cotton to save money to pay a poll tax, her daughter was quoted as saying.
First Published: Dec 20, 2008 13:07 IST