In the echoes of “Hello, Darlin” and “Tight Fittin’ Jeans”, Minnie (or Mickey by many of her older friends) grew up in the Mississippi Delta. It was the time when a local boy by the name of Harold Jenkins was just changing his name to Conway Twitty, from singing in Minnie’s small Baptist church to . . . well, you know the rest.
Minnie was born in the small town of Inverness, Mississippi on January 22, 1923, where cotton and catfish are still kings. The first of two children born to Ozie and John, times were hard for sharecroppers moving through a Depression.
Minnie married John Jr. in 1940. John was a railroad section foreman for the Illinois Central Railroad. After WWII, John and Minnie moved to Lula, Mississippi, where they began raising two sons, John Larry and Ronald. Most of her years were spent as a homemaker.
John and Minnie divorced in 1965. Like her mother, Minnie trained as a personal caregiver and nurse’s aide, which she pursued for about 30 years before falling back in love again with John. They remarried in 1993 and enjoyed life reliving their beginnings until John passed away in December 2007. Over the next year, Minnie also lost her only great-grandchild (at the time), several aunts and uncles, and her son, Larry, in 2008.
As Oaks at Post Road’s very first resident, Minnie has thrived after coping with so many losses. She has redefined “spunk” and she refuses to miss anything that is going on! She never misses bingo, entertainment, Church and bible study, dining out with the Red Hats, or our “Girls’ Night Out” dinners. She also enjoys playing a competitive and lively game of Rook with her friends. As a member of our Welcome Team, Minnie is one of the first friendly faces any new resident meets. She invites them to activities, visits their apartment, and extends a hand of friendship to each and every one.
Minnie always says how blessed she is to live in such a wonderful Community. We are equally blessed to have her as our resident and friend.
Would you like to visit Oaks at Post Road? Email Denise Salabarria at firstname.lastname@example.org.