Woman gives quilt to Smithville

By Cain Madden/NEMS Daily Journal

FULTON – When JoAnn Scales saw the clean-up efforts in Smithville on TV one evening, she said the Lord spoke to her.
“When I saw it, I said to the Lord, ‘I am not there picking up any sticks, or giving any water, what can I do?’” Scales said. “The Lord told me that I sew, and that I should make a quilt.”
She originally thought it would be something the town could auction, to make some money for projects, but Scales said her daughter felt like Mayor Gregg Kennedy would want to hang it on his wall when he got a new office.
Either way, Scales said she would be happy to just give.
“When you see something like this, if you have anything in you to give, you’ve got to do it,” Scales said. “God is giving and sharing.”
Kennedy said he was grateful for the kindness.
“What can I say? It is just great to be thought of,” Kennedy said. “We really appreciate it, and all the effort given to us.
“Things are coming together. It is going to be all right.”
Scales said she started sewing when she injured her foot in 2001 and was unable to work.
“I started by making pillows, to help me make a living,” Scales said. “The Lord was there for me.”
Quilts followed shortly at a family homecoming event, where she took pictures of family members and created a family quilt.
She didn’t have any pictures from Smithville, however, so she had to look to newspapers. Daily Journal chief photographer Thomas Wells brought her in one afternoon and they picked out some pictures.
Now, Scales said, the Lord has asked her to sew a quilt for both Joplin, Mo., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., but she needs photos.
She is hoping people will send photos to the Daily Journal, where she will pick them up.
“I just like to bless people,” Scales said. “I just like to see the expressions on people’s faces – I don’t like to see God’s children sad.”
Contact Cain Madden at (662) 678-1582 or cain.madden@journalinc.com.