Leo Edwards recently celebrated her 102nd birthday. She was born on May 3, 1916, in Glenville, W.Va., the daughter of Oliver E. Edwards and Ina Moxie Lawson-Edwards, the first of 11 children. She was actually born with a twin named Cleo, whom died at birth.

She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Gilmer County, W.Va., and graduated from Sand Fork High School in 1935.

She worked to pay for her room and board while attending school and one of her first jobs was at a restaurant. She met her first husband, Brooks Furr, while working in his family-owned restaurant, The Hotel Conrad. They married in December 1936 and owned their own restaurant called The Log Cabin. Their daughter, Ina, was born March 20, 1938.

She worked in retail sales at the A&P Store during WWII, was a manager for Rexall Drug Store and worked at Kauffman & Lattimer Co. in Parkersburg.

She married her second husband, Ernest Jones, in January 1962. They had a home together in Belpre and later retired to Dade City, Fla., where they lived the rest of his life. They enjoyed traveling, square dancing and visiting with children and grandchildren.

She moved back to the Mid-Ohio Valley area, where she made her home in Vincent, next to her daughter and son-in-law, Jim and Ina Brookover, for the last 30 years.

She has been an active member of the Belpre Congregational Church for more than 50 years. She belonged to Order of Eastern Stars for more than 25 years. She also worked part-time at Belpre Area Ministries. She enjoys reading, cooking, embroidery and was an avid bowler for more than 25 years, finally giving up the sport at 97 years old.

She has 2 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren, and 6 living sisters.


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