Coastal Georgia Originals 2022
July 2022 Issue
Photography by Kelly Hunter
Alberta Jones Mabry
Current Residence: Darien
Career: Hematology Laboratory Associate (retired)
Art: Ice Cream, Wreaths and other crafts
Family: Children: Patricia Mabry, Kathryn Mabry and Eric Mabry. I also have 10 wonderful grandchildren and 7 amazing great-grandchildren!
How did you discover your talent?
After retiring, I had plenty of time on my hands. During Covid, I needed something to do while in isolation. I got the idea for the wreaths from my oldest daughter, who is a quilter. The fabric wreaths are a great way to use up leftover material. I also make “fits” to give at Kwanzaa. That started when I read the December 2021 Hissy Fit in Paisley. It inspired me to make these little creatures from yarn that one can throw when the need hits to throw a fit.
What’s the best encouragement you’ve ever received in pursuing your artistic talents?
Keep doing what you do. Never give up! If you fail today, try again tomorrow.
What’s something your brain tries to make you do that you have to will yourself not to do?
Dealing with pessimistic and negative individuals.
What do you love most about your creativity?
When it is pleasing to others. It’s wonderful when you make someone happy.
If you could go anywhere in the world to perform/create your art, where would it be?
Right here in McIntosh County; it’s small and needs all that it can get.
Describe what ultimate success looks like for you.
Helping those who can’t help themselves and bringing a smile to their face.
In your artistic pursuits, what is your proudest moment so far?
Bringing back the family recipe for homemade ice cream.
If you were given a one-minute ad slot during the Super Bowl, what would you fill it with?
A bowl of my Rum Raisin ice cream.
In addition to your art, what’s your next best talent?
Advocating for seniors, making sure they get everything they paid for. We need a senior center in McIntosh County where older folks can go to express their ideas and get help navigating today’s world. We can sit and watch TV at home. We need a place for us to make things happen. Sometimes you need to make some noise to make things happen. One of my proudest accomplishments was persisting in advocating for rural transportation in Georgia. I opened up that can of worms, and we got something done. I gave a speech at the Capitol in Atlanta in 2009 during Senior Week and found that people were willing to listen. Now, people like me have a way to affordably get to the grocery store and other places across nine Georgia counties, even without personal cars.
What drew you to Paisley?
The magazine is well put together. I love the articles and the diversity. I love that it is by women, about women and for women. Because sometimes men need to be reminded that they are indebted to us for their very lives.
What makes you a Coastal Georgia Original?
I was born in Ridgeville, GA, but I grew up in Darien. My grandparents, Charles and Maggie Jones, were outstanding members of the McIntosh County community, always welcoming travelers.