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Poetry of 2006 by Donna Flood

The light of the sun catches the blond
This girl picked up my brother’s child
Because with polio his mother was gone.

She lived where it was necessary to exert
The greatest endeavors for family
Through prairie cold, trials and hurt.

Clean and styled with comb and brush
The children’s hair always shining
Done with a wink and in a rush

Her children’s beauty was won
 From the cow’s milk
Cold or hot, milking no fun.

Hands from dishes, bathes, the wash
Sometimes cracked and bled
All the while she watched the cash.

Waded through children’s sorrows
Stood quietly, lovingly beside them
Helped them through to the ‘morrows.

Buried a grand child
The hardest of all
Done with a tear so mild.

Goes she today, willingly, caring for my brother
Dresses him, walks beside, calls him “Father.”
Our own Freda, a study of woman, like no other.

Lee Jones's First Son's Family

Front row:  Frieda and Arnold H. Jones, first son and daughter in law of Lee
Otis Jones by Lee's first wife Emma Soehnholz.

Back row, left to right:  Arnold and Frieda's children: Cindy, Arnetta,
Bruce, Dennis, Hugh, Glenn Jones

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