Esther Jones celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends on March 30 at the La Mesa Woman’s Club (LMWC).
Esther was born in Hebron, North Dakota on March 29, 1919. She grew up in Hebron, one of eight children. She attended Dickinson State University and graduated with a teaching degree. Her first teaching assignment was in the farmlands of North Dakota where she taught students in grades kindergarten through 12, in a one-room school house. She continued teaching for 27 years in North Dakota, San Diego and La Mesa.
Esther joined LMWC in 1985 and served as president for six years. Esther is admired as a strong leader and a kind friend to all. She remained on the LMWC executive board until last year, mentoring presidents and sharing her warm smile and encouragement with everyone. Esther was celebrated as the LMWC’s Woman of the Year in 2012. She plays bridge at the clubhouse several times a month with members who she refers to as “dear friends.”