Nancy Jones outside her home

July 9, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
Nancy Jones stands outside her house in the Clearview subdivision of north Columbia where she has lived since it was constructed in 1971. A credit card company threatened to take her house after Jones fell behind on her payments. Jones went to court three times against the company until it was dismissed Thursday. "I might not have fought so hard if they hadn't threatened my home — this is all I have," Jones said.

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