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Jones, Flora


Flora Jones was born in 1953 in Delta City, Mississippi. Her family moved to Hollandale, Mississippi, in 1968, and Flora finished high school there in 1971. She helped work the cotton fields and pick tomatoes before finishing school, and then got a job at a carpet factory in Greenville after graduation. Jones attended Mississippi Valley State University for a year, got married in 1973, and moved to Chicago with her husband in 1977. Once there, she learned typing and filing through Manpower and went to work for the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund for almost three years. She and her husband parted amicably at the end of that time, and Flora moved to Las Vegas, Nevada with her son in the early eighties. Once in Las Vegas, Flora lived with her sister for a short while, and at her sister's suggestion began applying for county, city, or university positions. She interviewed with Lorraine Alderman, assistant to Admissions Director Bob Stevens, and was offered a job. As of 2007 she supervised the operations side of admissions and worked with various departments on special programs.