Widow adjusts to life without husband, friend

CORINTH – Adjusting to a world without her life partner is a necessary process, said Joyce Shortridge Jones, whose husband, Larry T. Jones, died in May 2 flooding on North Shiloh Road.
However, nothing about life these days could be called routine.
“If we’re talking about normal, I’m not sure life will ever be normal – that’s a word that would not apply,” she said.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been helpful in providing the support they promised, she said, and she’s getting emotional support from her family. Hardly a day passes that she doesn’t receive a phone call from her daughter in Tucson, Ariz., and her granddaughter, and there’s a brand new great-grandchild, as well.
Her stepson David Jones and his wife, who until now have lived in upstate New York, will fully relocate to Corinth when they find employment.
“She’s here now, but he’s back in New York,” Joyce Jones said.
There has been a lot of paperwork to complete, and Joyce Jones has assumed responsibility for her son Jonathan along with his wife’s business affairs, which Joyce’s husband formerly handled.
“I know our lives have changed forever,” she said. “We’ll always miss him, but we realize we have to go on, so we pick up the pieces and do what’s right.”

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