Mary Cate Jones can finally rest easy in the home she built with her late husband 56 years ago.

For the past two months, the 78-year-old widow has been heartbroken, packing up her Strawberry Plains, Tenn., house that had been foreclosed on, ABC News reports.

After Jones's mortgage was sold a number of times, she wasn’t sure where she was supposed to send her payments and she fell behind on her bills. She then learned via a local paper that the deed for her house had been sold and she would need $72,000 to avoid eviction.

"Lord have mercy, I didn't know what was going on," she told ABC News.

That’s when generous donors -- some close friends, others complete strangers –- stepped up to help the lifelong Tennessee resident. According to ABC News, more than 500 people contributed to Jones's cause, including one anonymous donor who gave her $15,000.

PHOTOS of Mary Cate Jones, by Michael Patrick/NEWS SENTINEL. Story continues below.

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    Mary Cate Jones stands the home she and her husband Kenneth built 56 years ago. Jones, 78, has received notice that at 8 a.m. on Wednesday she will be evicted and the doors padlocked. Jones, with the help of family and friends, packed her belongings for movement to a storage unit. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department notice given to Mary Cate Jones, 78, stating she will be evicted from her home of 56 years at 8 a.m. on Wednesday and the doors padlocked. Jones lives in the 1,000 square foot home with her 56-year-old wheelchair bound son Kenny who is in a wheelchair and can't care for himself. Tuesday, May. 15, 2012 Jones and family members were busy packing her belongings for movement to a storage unit. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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    Mary Cate Jones packs personal items inside her living room Tuesday, May. 15, 2012 in the home she and her husband Kenneth built 56 years ago. Jones, 78, has received notice that at 8 a.m. on Wednesday she will be evicted and the doors padlocked. Jones, with the help of family and friends, packed her belongings for movement to a storage unit. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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    Mary Cate Jones packs personal items inside her living room Tuesday, May. 15, 2012 in the home she and her husband Kenneth built 56 years ago. Jones, 78, has received notice that at 8 a.m. on Wednesday she will be evicted and the doors padlocked. Jones, with the help of family and friends, packed her belongings for movement to a storage unit. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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    Mary Cate Jones, 78, talks to her daughter about when she might arrive to help pack Tuesday, May. 15, 2012. Jones received notice that she will be evicted from the home she and her husband Kenneth built 56 years ago at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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    Mary Cate Jones, 78, watches from her kitchen as two of her children and two of her neighbors gather to help pack her belongings. Jones is about to be evicted from her home of 56 years at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Tuesday, May. 15, 2012 Jones and family members were busy packing her belongings for movement to a storage unit. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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    A gallery of photos on the wall showing Mary and Kenneth Jones and their three Jones children in the home the parents built 56 years ago. Mary Kate Jones, 78, is about to be evicted from her home at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Tuesday, May. 15, 2012 Jones and family members were busy packing her belongings for movement to a storage unit. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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    Mary Cate Jones, 78, watches as her daughter Carol White arrives with boxes for backing Tuesday, May. 15, 2012. Jones received notice that she will be evicted from the home she and her husband Kenneth built 56 years ago at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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    Mary Cate Jones packs up possessions from the home she and her husband Kenneth built 56 years ago on six acres in Jefferson County. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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    Wheelchair bound Kenny Jones, 56, returns home from searching for a handicapped accessible place for he and his 78-year-old mother Mary Cate Jones to live after tomorrow. Jones received notice that they will be evicted from her home of 56 years at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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    Mary Cate Jones packs up possessions from the home she and her husband Kenneth built 56 years ago on six acres in Jefferson County. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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    Kenny Jones, 56, folds clothes for packing in the living room of the home where he and his mother Mary Cate Jones, 78, live in Jefferson County. Jones received notice that they will be evicted from the home his mother and father built 56 years ago on Wednesday. Tuesday, May. 15, 2012 family members were busy packing her belongings for movement to a storage unit. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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    Carol White packs her mother's china in the dining room of the home her mother and father built 56 years ago. Her mother Mary Cate Jones, 78, received notice that Wednesday she will be evicted and the doors padlocked. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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    Kenny Jones gives treats to the family dogs outside the home his parents built 56 years ago. Mary Cate Jones, 78, received notice that they will be evicted from the home his mother and father built 56 years ago on Wednesday. Jones said members of his church just recently built the ramp for his wheelchair access. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

“It’s just great how people have been so good and gracious to us. I’m thankful to each one,” Jones told knoxnews.com. “I hope I can sometime speak to them because there are some that I really don’t know.”

She told the website that her first order of business will be to hang back up the needlepoint works her sister made for her through the years.

Jones isn’t the only senior out there getting help holding onto her home.

Back in September, 101-year-old Texana Hollis was evicted from her Detroit home. Her son had failed to pay property taxes to a reverse mortgage and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development foreclosed on the house, the Associated Press reported. HUD soon after said Hollis could return, but then deemed the residence too unsanitary and unsafe for her to live in.

To keep Hollis off of the streets, author Mitch Albom and his charity S.A.Y. Detroit bought the home from HUD and paid to fix it up.

"It's so wonderful to be home again," Hollis told the Detroit Free Press in April. "The house looks so beautiful, and I thank the Lord. God is good."

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