Friday, July 23, 2010
Aunt Francie was the most adventuresome as well as he most argumentative of the family and enlisted in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) in 1942 to the consternation of her family. If Uncle Carl her brother was going to enlist, so was she and she did, with her first stretch of the truth about her age when she made herself older, the only time she increased her age! I always thought that was so brave of her; she never served abroad though she claimed to be wanting to do just that, but she traveled all around the country serving where needed. I am uncertain what she did in the WAC's, likely some sort of office work, I do not believe she went into nursing. This photo is from about 1942 and you can see how pretty she was and quite happy to be out and about in the world.
Here she is holding me beside her sister, Helen, my Mom the widow.
I will have more photos and stories next week or so about her. She died in CA in 1999 and we lived there at the time so I was able to see her. For someone who always practiced good health habits, never smoked, nor drank alcohol, ate extra healthy preferring little meat and large amounts of vegetables and didn't even drink caffeine, it seemed not right that she would have heart problems. One of my visits to her in the hospital I mentioned that and she said "yes I always took care of my health and look where it got me, on the way to death anyway!"
As I said more to come later about this intriguing though at times haughty aunt Francie, named for my grandmother's baby sister, Great Aunt Francie Mroz whom I wrote about Sepias ago. She did not get on at all with her brother Carl, especially after their mother passed away and she did not come home to PA for the funeral. He has never forgiven her to this day despite his dementia for ignoring her Mom's funeral. As always click on the title above to get to other Sepia Saturday posts.