Resident Spotlight: Frankie Brown
on March 2nd, 2015 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments
Those of us who know her feel seriously that Frankie is much, much younger than a Centurion. Who would ever think of Frankie as a woman of 100 years of age? She is truly a beautiful human being and we are blessed she lives at Dogwood.
Frankie was born in Bonita, MS on March 1, 1915. The family moved from the country to Bonita and lived around her daddy’s people, one of which was Aunt Effie Blackwell, dad’s sister, and her cousin who Frankie loved so very much and spent a great deal of her childhood with. Aunt Effie’s husband had a big peach orchard and made his living selling sand from his sand pit to customers who manufactured concrete. She recalls the sand being transported by horse-drawn wagon in those days. Not many of us remember this form of transport.
Frankie is one of four children, the only girl in the family, with three brothers who all unfortunately died at very young ages. Her youngest brother, Joseph, played dolls with her in their playhouse. They were very close, and spent many hours together. Joseph excelled in piano and would sometimes play for the congregation at a small Methodist church which the family attended. He was a sweet Christian boy, but unfortunately died at the young age of 16.
Frankie and her mother moved to Meridian, MS and she eventually met her husband, Joseph, after a stint in the Army. She knew his family. After their first meeting she told her mama, “I met your future son-in-law,” hence, a wonderful courtship followed. They married and raised four sons and two girls. Two of the boys joined the service at 18, and another son left for Alaska, joining the National Guard. Then another son moved to Alaska and stayed there for 30 years. Currently her children are living all over the USA, from Florida to Alaska and in between. Her oldest daughter lives in Georgia and the youngest in Maine. Before marriage, Frankie worked at a plant that manufactured socks and hosiery. She and her husband lived in Florida for a year and then back to Meridian where he worked as a mechanic in one of the local plants for 35 yrs. After her children were gone, she worked at the telephone company for a few years. Frankie and her husband shared 70 years together and have eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Frankie eventually moved in with her daughter, Carol, and in 2014 came to call Dogwood Forest home. She enjoys all of the activities that she participates in, and she loves her table mates and the residents she’s met at Dogwood Forest.