Marion County Woman Takes Precautions Driving to Phoenix for Her Granddaughter’s Birthday

Marion County Folks Tell the Jimp
About Dealing with Unusual Times

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Jan Williams and her granddaughter Harmony

By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor

PHOENIX, ARIZ. – Jan Williams was not about to let a little thing like a pandemic stand between her and her granddaughter Harmony’s fifth birthday.

With the assistance of Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies and other light munchies she packed, the Lake O’ the Pines resident made the drive with a minimum of social contact.

Williams went from Jefferson to Nederland where she spent the night with friends. The next night was spent on the road.

“I stopped in New Mexico at 2:30 [a.m.],” Williams said. “It was a real nice park near Anthony. I have shades that go all around the car. I got up at about 7.”Lonesome Dove
After using the facilities at the road-side park, she drove through to Phoenix.

“It’s just me travelling,” Williams said. “I don’t have anyone to pump my gas.”

That did not deter Williams, however.

“I have hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes that I use after filling up,” Williams said. “I have cotton gloves I might use on the way back.”

Williams has found Arizona restaurants are also closed except for pickup and drive through.

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“We had Vietnamese last night,” she said. Her daughter-in-law ordered her shrimp fried rice.

A Marion County resident since 2013, Williams said she hoped Jefferson restaurants continue to offer take out.

“I can’t wait to get something from Don Juan’s,” she said

Williams is staying with her daughter-in-law Ryniah while in Phoenix. Her son, Trey Williams, passed away four years ago.

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“She asked me if I was flying,” Williams said, getting the message that a visit would not be welcome if it included planes and airports.

“I told her, ‘No,’ I’m driving.”

Williams said they are hoping to find a birthday cake tonight.

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