WASHINGTON TERRACE -- When you ask Anne Jones the secret of living to 100, she says hard work -- to the tune of 20 hours a day.
Jones celebrated her 100th birthday Aug. 5 and still sleeps just four hours a night, waking each day at 2:30 a.m. to do her housework so she can get out to her garden when the sun rises. Once the gardening is done, she knits slippers, baby booties and afghans.
"Sit? No. I get after myself. I talk to myself," she says, "Live. Don't feel sorry for yourself. I cannot feel sorry for anyone. I tell myself, 'C'mon, get off your duff and get up and do something.' "
When she was younger, the hard work took a different form. As a young wife she got a job with the Ogden Navy Base during World War II. She became a supervisor of civilians and prisoners of war, often working 10 hours a day, seven days a week.
"I was trying to work to get my brother home from Okinawa," she said.
She also worked hard in the community as one of the first residents of Washington Terrace.
"I fell in love with my Terrace ... when we got here, there wasn't a spear of grass. This was a sand pile," she said.
She helped the Terrace grow, earning eight awards from city mayors for volunteerism. She worked with the Parent Teacher Association, civic improvement committee and on the senior dance committee. She went to every house to gather phone numbers for a city phone directory. She tromped through the mud with Scouts as a den mother. She helped organize the teen canteen dances, where she was known as "Grandma."
"They'd say, 'C'mon Grandma, let's go jitterbug,'" she remembers. She said she still sees some of those teens and although they are now grandmas and grandpas themselves, they say "Hi, Grandma."
The hard work hasn't left her worse for the wear. She still gets up and dances as she remembers the teen canteen. When her doctor asks her if she has arthritis, she answers by hugging her knees to her chest. She said she never gets a headache and likes to run around barefoot.
"I'm a pretty lucky person. I don't have anything to complain about. I can complain about the weather," she says.
She doesn't let all that hard work stand in the way of some fun, though. As a younger woman, she worked hard and had fun on the golf course. She boasts of getting a hole-in-one and becoming the Lakeside club champion. Two months after bypass surgery at 81, she was on the golf course again and would still be there but for a shoulder injury her doctor says is inoperable due to her age.
Now she spends every other weekend in Wendover with her younger friends. She plays the slots without stopping to sleep and comes home ahead most times.
Her daughter, Maryanne DeCaria, says its optimism that's gotten Jones to the century mark.
"It's her attitude. When they told her her heart valves were so bad, one doctor said he didn't think she's going to make it. She said 'yes, I am' ... she's outlived her doctors," DeCaria said.
She's had 19 birthdays since the day she was told she wouldn't live longer than a month and the most recent celebrations have been memorable. Last year she went on a hot air balloon ride. This year, she attended the governor's dinner for Utahns over 100.
"I was the only one up. No one else could get up and walk. I don't think they knew where they were or anything," she said of the dinner.
She also had a party with more than 150 friends and relatives, some of whom she hadn't seen for 20 years. She doesn't plan on stopping any time soon.
"Next birthday I'll think of something," she says. "Who's had more fun than me?"