Frances Becomes a Person: A Mentally Challenged Woman's Journey to Independence

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iUniverse, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 108 pages
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"Frances Becomes a Person" recounts the eventful life of author Ruth C. Webb's beloved housekeeper, Frances Elizabeth Lohr. Virtually an outcast, Frances' journey begins at the age of thirteen. The journey on which she continues throughout most of her life will lead her toward the goal of finding a home--and a purpose. Many events make mildly retarded Frances feel alone, unwanted, and unloved. After the devastating death of her father, Frances moves from her family's home to a neighbor's farm. Here, Frances encounters a farmhand who rapes her. As a result, Frances becomes pregnant and eventually marries the farmhand. When worsening seizures force Frances to be moved to a county home, she finds a new purpose--as a kitchen assistant. Just when she is comfortable in her new life, circumstances force Frances to move again, this time to a state hospital school. After twenty-two years of the same routine at the state home, Frances is presented with a new opportunity. Dr. Ruth Webb, a new psychologist in town, needs a housekeeper--and Frances is the top candidate. With Dr. Webb, she finally finds a loving home, where she continues to learn, grow, and contribute to others until her death at age seventy-five.
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
First Home
3
On the Farm
7
The County Home
10
The Hospital School
14
The Baby Ward
16
Happy Days
18
Im a Housekeeper
21
Getting to Know the Neighborhood
51
The Garden
55
Other Growing Experiences
57
Joining the Church
60
Friends
62
TravelConferences
65
Puppies and Kittens
69
Medical Problems
72

Adjustments
24
Going to the Beauty Shop Alone
28
Shopping for a Dress
30
The Unexpected Visitor
33
Pets
36
A Big Move
39
The Little Red House
42
A Helpful Neighbor
45
Grocery Shopping
48
Camp Farthest Out
76
The Entrance
79
Temper Tantrums
82
Ups and Downs
86
Im Going to Die
89
Epilogue
91
Bibliography
93
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