Friday, September 2, 2011

Day 86 ~ A Life Well Lived!

After spending most of this week looking, sorting, reminiscing, imagining, and more or less envisioning myself in what remained of Nana's life... hundreds upon hundreds of photographs... I have come to the conclusion that she led an amazing life.

She had fallen in love and married the love of her life at the age of eighteen, and later had two children.  Her husband was in the Army, made a career of it.  After twenty years he retired from Fort Bliss, and continued serving as Deputy Director of the Air Defense School for another thirty years.  To his credit, he would be the one to start and head up the training for the Green Berets.

In order to help support her family, shorty after arriving in El Paso she went to work for a bottling company after convincing the owner she knew how to keep books.  She later went on to become a credit manager of a furniture store and an accounting firm... all the while going to UTEP and becoming one of the first women CPAs in the state of Texas in 1966.  

She later became a credit analyst at the El Paso National Bank, and worked her way up to Assistant Vice President and Credit Manager... handling major accounts all the way.  Eventually she landed at a CPA firm, becoming a partner by 1976.

Frances was very respected in the business world, in a time where women were expected to stay at home.  She was honored by her banking colleagues who elected her the first woman director of the Texas Chapter of the Robert Morris Associates, an arm of the National Association of Bank Loan and Credit officers.  They had to change their bylaws allowing a woman into this prestigious organization.

She managed to do all of this while raising two amazing people.  Let's just say that the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree!

With her petite frame, she not only was quite the lady, but she had a big heart, a faithful spirit and a smile that warmed you heart.  She was just as much part of her grandchildren's life as she was her own children, and was starting on the next generation, her great-grandchildren.

We find comfort knowing that you will now be watching over us, side by side with Grand-dad.  

Here's to you Nana... you truly will be missed!  

It is not length of life, but depth of life.    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 
Sure God created man before woman.  But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece.  ~Author Unknown

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good.  Luckily, this is not difficult.  ~Charlotte Whitton

 Blessings to all! 

279 days to go

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