It’s Your Colusa County: Postmaster Calls Williams her Home Sweet Home

Cindy Jones w-dogs (color)Cynthia Jones, who goes by the nickname Cindy, was born in San Bernardino and was raised in Orange County, Ca.

In 2006, Jones while living in Marysville, she was assigned to the Williams Post Office as a Supervisor and later promoted to Postmaster.

Each day she commuted between Williams and her residence in Marysville and tried to make the most of the drive. The round trip was an hour and fifteen minutes long, and she passed the time listening to the “Drive & Learn Spanish,” audiobook. She was so enchanted by the town of Williams; she decided to call it home.

Initially, Jones recalled, she was drawn to the arch, bearing the city’s name.

“I loved the flags that were so proudly displayed outside in the downtown area on so many occasions,” she explained.

She also noted, “The huge hotel mural that Pat Ash commissioned right next to the Town Square Park fascinated and excited me. I would ride my bike and drive past the mural every chance I got to check its’ progress as it was being painted.”

Her first impression of Williams was that it was the first town she’d ever been in that had no stoplights. Even though she grew up in Orange County, her family’s travels would bring them to Northern California several times. Granzella’s Restaurant in Williams was a favorite stop but gave no hint that she would someday call Williams her home.

Winter and the Christmas season is her favorite part of the year. Community decorations, the lit up antique fire truck at the Fire Department, which she can see from her counter at the Post Office, festively lit houses, and the many lights that sparkle in the trees were named as special treats in Williams during that time of the year.

An event she eagerly awaits each year is the Annual Festival of Lights which features a Light Parade in downtown Williams.

“This year was the first that I participated in the Parade, but it definitely won’t be the last!” she enthusiastically exclaimed.

Jones also commented that has friends who support her in her quest to dazzle parade onlookers with a unique and literary themed float.

“We didn’t win an award this year, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to next year!” She exclaimed, “It was so much fun!”

These supportive friends were a result of actions Jones took in early January 2015 when she concluded that she could provide a needed gathering place for women of the community who could discuss a commonly read book and enjoy each other’s company.

The Williams Shakespeare Book Club was born and soon established a monthly opportunity to share fellowship and a love of reading.

“I was struck by how many women I spoke to in the community mentioned a desire to have more close friendships, and some said they didn’t have friends locally. I decided I would do something to change that,” Jones explained.

Always an avid reader, Jones cited Pipi Longstocking as her favorite book when she was young. “Reading about her adventures was magnificent for my imagination,” she explained. She then recalled, “I even wore striped stockings as a kid and pretended to be Pipi.”

“I also read Judy Blume’s books when I was young, and enjoyed them all. They were always fantastic, funny and perfect for starting conversations about topics that weren’t so easy to talk about,” said Jones.

She invites interested women who want to join the Williams Shakespeare Book Club to speak with her during their visit to the Williams Post Office.

Something Jones would like to see change is the condition of the historic buildings in downtown Williams.

“I would like to see them renovated and restored to their former glory,” said Jones.

Recreational pursuits and hobbies that Jones enjoys include snow skiing, travel, bowling (a few games over 200), bicycling, refurbishing homes and doing all the work involved with the concept, selection of materials, installation and then decorating, which she says she is passionate about. She is also certified as a scuba diver.

When asked about her proudest accomplishment since moving to Williams, she immediately mentioned the Peace Pole that was installed in front of the post office in Williams on September 30, 2013.

The Peace Pole was erected in honor of PFC Rueben “Boy” Lopez, who was killed in combat in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom and is one of nine Peace Poles that have been dedicated in loving memory of PFC Lopez.

Jones shares her home with her fiancé, Michael Beckman, who is a jeweler as well as designer and owner of Dan T’s Custom Jewelers in Woodland, Ca. She proudly spoke about his talents and added that he does extensive custom work.

The couple resides with beloved pets which include several small dogs and a cat.

Jones also has three adult children which she describes as “fabulous” and three grandchildren.

She credits the “small town feel” of Williams, and the people, whom she described as “sweet, wonderful and diverse,” as two things that bring much pleasure to her life.

“I want to thank the people of Williams for welcoming me into the community. They are very special, and I love them all,” Jones warmly commented.