North Augusta community leader Elizabeth Jones leaves a legacy of advocacy
October 8 — North Augustan Elizabeth Jones has been an inspiration to many.
Jones has spent his life seeking out others, being a role model for his family, volunteering in schools, advocating for the elderly, and spending time in the community.
“She was so talented, but the community has lost a leader,” said Jones’ close friend Alice Twiggs Vantrease.
Jones died of a stroke the week of October 6, 2021 at the age of 67. She is survived by her three daughters: Katie Kern, Kidada Nelson and Nzinga Blackwood.
For Kern, his mother was his role model.
“My mother was pretty much the brightest woman I know. She was an avid reader, she was a brilliant writer. She loved the arts. She was an advocate for the rights of the elderly and she loved her family,” he said. said Kern. “… my mom exposed us to so much culture and just opened our eyes to a bigger world outside of where we lived and just wanted us to take every opportunity that was presented to us and thrive. really in life, that was her motto is to really take risks, to be fearless and to thrive in life, that was what she was. “
Jones’ plea for the elderly and his efforts to secure a center for the elderly in North Augusta are remembered by the community.
“It was truly a passion for her to help the elderly, and no matter how many times the city council ignored her in North Augusta – and they did – she kept coming back,” he said. declared Vantrease. “… She wouldn’t accept defeat. Period.”
Jones worked in Augusta at the Shiloh Comprehensive Senior Center and made frequent trips to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, advocating for the rights of the elderly. Jones previously worked at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center and an Augusta museum in Georgia, and worked on mental health initiatives. Jones also wrote for the North Augusta Star.
She was also a certified Tai Chi and Geri-Fit instructor and enjoyed listening to music with her family. Jones spent his time working on community projects with Historic North Augusta and the Rotary Club.
Jones ran for city council in 2019 and 2021. Her family encouraged her to run for office and she planned to run for re-election in 2023.
“She showed up to North Augusta City Council and actually consulted me and asked me, ‘do you think this is something I should be doing’ and I said absolutely, you’re like the smartest person I know, ”Kern said. “I think you should definitely come forward for something like this. I think you’ve been a citizen of North Augusta for years. You’ve contributed to the community and you should be someone who goes out there and achieves this. dream for yourself. “
Vantrease hopes to continue her friend’s legacy in North Augusta and remember her efforts.
“She was just an amazing woman, but her love and dedication to North Augusta is the only thing I hold back, but she didn’t just talk, she walked,” said Vantrease.
“It’s sad to lose good people with good intentions and great potential… we don’t have enough in this city and we will miss her,” said Mark Newell of Historic North Augusta. “There is no doubt about it.”
North Augusta Mayor Briton Williams admired Jones and his work, praising his candidacy and his ability to communicate with others.
“I think that’s the problem with Elizabeth and she had her take, but she never rubbed people the wrong way,” Williams said. “She was so respectful of others and she was the kind of person you could debate, talk and argue with and she always listened and respected other people’s opinions, but she was very strong with hers and you could finish talking to her. .and never feel bad and you might not come to an agreement.You never felt looked down upon and never felt anything other than respect for the way she was leading her life.
Kern remembers his mother as his support system with wisdom and guidance.
“My mom has always been an inspiration and the reason she’s always been an inspiration is because she leads by example,” Kern said. “She would never tell me anything that she hadn’t done or experienced on her own. She was always someone who pushed me daily to be the best version of myself.”
A public screening of Elizabeth Jones will take place on October 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Brightharp and Sons in North Augusta.
Samantha Winn covers the city of North Augusta, with a focus on government and community-based business. Follow her on Twitter: @samanthamwinn and on Facebook and Instagram: @swinnnews.