FFA, 4-H, church, scouts, what do all these have in common?
Jeanette Stone, the Centralia Fireside Guard’s Mother of the Year.
Stone, currently a teacher with the Centralia School District’s Champion Academy, besides being a mother of three, has in many eyes, served as a back-up mother to hundreds of children and students in the area during her lifetime in the Centralia area.
She was raised northwest of Centralia by Roberta and the late Tom DeOrnellis. She grew up with five brothers and says her mother’s saying, “You wait until you have children,” has echoed in her mind many times as she raised her own. “There are definitely times when I open my mouth and hear my mother.”
Jeanette Stone, is the Centralia Fireside Guard’s 2023 Mother of the Year. The bouquet donated by In Full Bloom, gift certificates, not pictured, donated by The Glossy Goat and the Bluebird Bistro.
That said, she shared with the Fireside Guard, what Mother’s Day means to her.
“It is a special time to show her, my mother, appreciation for all the sacrifices she has made, and the love she has given to me.”
Stone’s earliest memories of Mother’s Day, involve flowers, specifically orchids.
“I remember figuring out one day, that my mother really liked flowers, especially orchids, on Mother’s Day. That is my earliest memory, what I remember most.”
That and dinner.
“She always fixed a really big meal and we all enjoyed a day of family together.”
Raising she and her husband Scott Stone’s three children, Zane, Annamarie and Stetson does not leave her with much free time, but Jeanette does enjoy a few hobbies.
When she has a moment or two, she enjoys sewing, crocheting and reading – historical fiction and inspirational fiction mostly.
She and Scott have will have been married 24 years on June 26.
Some might say their meeting was not an unusual one, at least for Scott, who has led the Centralia R-VI School District’s Ag. Program for nearly 20 years.
“We met because my brother Travis, was a junior in high school and in FFA. He had an SAE project,” Jeanette said. “Scott came out to make an SAE visit. I was living at home and he stayed for dinner. The rest is history.”
For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard