Former Wildcat Has 20-Year Plan

PAYSON PEOPLE

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Someday Stephanie Jones wants to buy a Harley, move to Alaska and open up a coffee shop and bookstore.

After taking a trip to Anchorage with her grandparents as a graduation present several years ago, the beauty of Alaska captivated her and she decided it was somewhere she'd live at some point in her life.

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Stephanie Jones

Reading and coffee are two passions for Jones, so a bookstore and coffee shop seem to be a perfect fit.

As for the Harley, well, she just wants one.

Jones said that Alaska, the bookstore/coffee shop and the Harley are part of a dream that is probably 20 years away.

For now, she enjoys her life in Payson and her job in Star Valley.

Jones, 27, is the executive assistant for the town of Star Valley, a job she's had for little more than a month now.

"It's exciting," she said. "It's different every day and there's a lot of room for advancement."

Jones said her favorite part of her new job is the interaction she has with Star Valley residents.

She moved to Payson more than three years ago to get away from the big city and the heat after graduating from the University of Arizona in Tucson with a degree in business management.

"My grandparents have lived here forever," she said. "I love the weather here."

Jones said that although she loved Alaska, she has no plans of moving from Payson anytime in the near future because she wants her 13-month-old daughter to grow up here.

"I'd like my daughter to go to Julia Randall [Elementary]," she said. "I want her to have the small-town experience."

Jones, who is the oldest child in a family of eight children, said that earning her college degree was one of her biggest accomplishments because she had to support herself financially throughout the endeavor.

"I got my degree pretty much on my own," she said.

When Jones has free time, she enjoys shopping in the Valley, going to movies or taking her daughter to Green Valley Park.

"My daughter loves the ducks," she said.

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Name: Stephanie Jones

Hometown: Mesa, Ariz.

Age: 27

Occupation: Executive assistant for the town of Star Valley

What's the biggest risk you've taken recently? Being a single mom is a big risk -- the idea can be a bit daunting but everything about it has been great.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? One day you will wish you were 20 again.

Three things you want people to know about you: I love being a mom, I'm single and I love country music.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A marine biologist -- I wanted to work at Sea World.

Favorites:

Book: The Dark Tower Series by Steven King

Song: "When You Say Nothing At All" by Keith Whitley

Food: Mexican

Sport to watch: Diamondbacks baseball and Cardinals and Broncos football

Vacation spot: Hawaii

Recreational activity: Walking around Green Valley Park

Movie: "The Cutting Edge"

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