Agnes Grace Jones, “Miss Aggie” as she was affectionately known, was the daughter of Edith and Walter Jones. She was a resident of Mandarin from 1898 until her death in 1992 at the age of 94. Miss Aggie was an independent, strong-willed, confident woman who possessed a deep sense of community and a charitable heart. Part entrepreneur, part community activist and part social worker, she had the business acumen to run a successful grocery, the organizational skills to become Mandarin’s Postmistress and a reputation for helping her fellow man in time of need. She was the last of her family to live in the Webb/Jones farmhouse which is located in the Walter Jones Historical Park.
“Miss Aggie” Day is celebrated and an award is given annually to a resident who has contributed to the Mandarin community in the areas of business, civic, educational or charitable accomplishment. The candidate’s contributions may be specific deeds or an accumulation of actions over a period of time. Recipients need not be “experts” in any particular area but might be known or recognized for their sense of community, their caring attitude or individual accomplishments.
2020 RECIPIENTS: Sam Folds and Wanda Bosworth
Sam was born and raised in Mandarin and has served clients in Mandarin through his real estate business for over forty years. He has been a life-long member of the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour and is a Charter (and still active) Member of the Rotary Club of Mandarin, where he has served in many roles. Sam has always been an active advocate for the community by speaking out about the importance of preserving the integrity of Mandarin’s landscape and history.
Wanda has made volunteering in her community her profession. Since 1986 she has served through her involvement, support and leadership in the Mandarin Community Club, the Mandarin Garden Club, the PTAs and activities of Mandarin Middle and Mandarin High School, Mandarin Women’s Club, Mandarin Museum & Historical Society, and many other organizations in Jacksonville as well.
Both Sam and Wanda have deep roots here in Mandarin and have given selflessly of their time, resources and talents. They epitomize the characteristics that Miss Agnes Jones was known for and for which this award is given: a deep love of Mandarin, generosity to all, and service to the community that is above and beyond.
Past Miss Aggie Award Recipients
🍊 2003: Kate Monson
🍊 2004: Karen Roumillat
🍊 2005: Rhonda Reese
🍊 2006: Mary Ann Southwell
🍊 2007: Mary Kaminski and Bonnie McNulty
🍊 2008: Jane Cooksey
🍊 2009: Susan Earnhart
🍊 2010: Alice Stanley
🍊 2011: Elizabeth “Betty” Wolfe
🍊 2012: Virginia Barker
🍊 2013: Emily Lisska
🍊 2014: Linda Levin
🍊 2015: Sandy Arpen
🍊 2016: Sarah Bailey
🍊 2017: Susie Scott
🍊 2018: Don Bowden
🍊 2019: Lynn Cuda
NOMINATIONS for 2022
The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society will accept nominations for this award from any interested party and will make a determination as to the suitability of the nominee under the established criteria. The recipient will be notified prior to the award announcement and will be asked to participate in publicity activities and related media coverage. Miss Aggie Day, which honors the recipient as well as Agnes Jones, will be held at the historic Mandarin Store and Post Office.
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Jacksonville, FL 32241
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