It’s a story you can listen to over and over again. Helen F. is a God-fearing woman who worked hard for her happiness. From working in the fields of Mississippi, becoming a mother early in life to more than just her own children, to now enjoying a life filled with hymns and faith. Read Helen’s story, exclusively on The Living Legacies…
I got married when I was 20 years old and we were married for 30 years before my husband passed away. I was 18 when my husband and I met and we went together for 2 years before we got married. We got married in Corinth, Mississippi. I was born in Dyer County, and then we moved to Crocket County and stayed there until I was about 15 and then we moved to Lauderdale County and I have been here ever since. I had 6 brothers and 3 sisters. I was the oldest girl. When I was old enough to stay at home with the babies, Momma and Daddy left me home with the kids while they went to work in the cotton field. When I was a child we had a Shepard dog, he followed us around everywhere we went.
Momma use to sit the babies on a cotton sack by the edge of the field and the dog would stay with the baby. He would bark every time something got on the cotton sack with the baby and Momma would take off running with the hoe that she carried everywhere with her. She would think it was a snake and all it would be was an ant and Momma would get so mad. She would say some unkind words to the dog, and the dog would just stare at her. It was so funny!
When I was a child I worked in the field with my parents. Then I watch my brothers and sisters when I was old enough to babysit. Then when I was grown and married, I was a stay at home Mom until my kids were in grade school. I went to work at Universal Electric and worked there for 35 years until it shut down. Then I never went back to work after that.
My favorite thing to do now is to listen to hymns and sing along with them when we have services here. The hymns bring me comfort and joy.