Vera graduated from St. Francis Xavier Academy in May 1959. Her favorite subject was Algebra, taught by Sister Mary Assumpta. This was her favorite subject because Sister would go to sleep during class and she would slip out of class to fraternize with the other group of our class who were having Study Hall in the Library. Usually while she was out of class, Sister would awaken and she would have a time getting back into class without her seeing her. Everyone was on watch telling her when she would doze back off and could come back in.
In September she enrolled in the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She graduated from there in May of 1962. She worked at Mercy Hospital on the surgical floor from June 10, 1962 to August 20, 1963. She then went to work at the Vicksburg Infirmary as a Staff Nurse from August 30, 1963 until January 1, 1965. She married George Brown in January 1965 who was employed at Westinghouse Electric and later went to work for International Paper Company, retiring in March of 1994. She worked on the Surgical Floor again from January 1965 until her first child was born in November. She stayed home and worked part time after this until her third child was born and went to work full time at Haworth Home Health. She worked there for about 15 years and served as the first Staff Nurse, the first Supervising Nurse, and the Director of Nurses. During this time in 1982 she was named Home Health Nurse of the Year for the State of Mississippi. She had several part-time jobs after leaving Haworth in 1985. She worked at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Cardiac and Surgical ICU. She also worked there for several years and traveled in the Delta doing Home Health. She went back to Haworth to some Utilization Reviews. She only worked there for a short time. She then went back to work at the Vicksburg Hospital on the Gero-Psych and Adult Psych Units and worked for 6 years. During this time she had a cardiac arrest and was advised by her physician to retire on disability and did not. She now has an internal pacemaker inserted and still going strong. She went back to work for Vicksburg Hospital until both hospitals merged. She was then offered a job at River Region Health Systems as the Utilization Review Coordinator in the Chemical Dependency Unit in March of 1997. She has been working there ever since.
She married George Brown in January 1965, who was employed at Westinghouse Electric, and later went to work for International Paper Company, retiring in March of 1994. With this union their were three children, Andrea Francis, who is also an R. N. She graduated from LSU Medical Center in New Orleans. She is employed as the School Nurse at Our Lady of the Lake School in Mandeville, LA. Julie Walker her second child graduated from Hinds and was in the Rifle Corp for the Hinds Band. She is employed at the First Baptist Church in Clinton as the Assistant to the Director of Youth Activities for the Church and also works with the students at Mississippi College. George Edward Brown, Jr., is her only son and he attended the University of Monroe, in Monroe, LA, which was Northeast at the time. He played football and his team won the championship for their conference his first year. He got hurt and had to quit in his junior year. He is now the Manager of Rex Electronics in Natchez, MS.
Vera has 6 grandchildren, David Walker, 20, who attended Savannah School of Art in Savannah, Georgia. Home sickness got the best of him after a year and he came home. He took some courses in art at Hinds and work for a television station in Madison, MS and is still do this. He is studying Graphic Arts and also does some freelance art for people. He will be studying Filming at Mississippi Southern in December. Hunter Walker, 15, goes to Clinton High School and plays football for the Clinton Arrows Junior varsity team. He is also an Honor Student. Nikki Walker (Veronica Elizabeth named after her Maw-Maw) is 13 years old. She is in the 8th grade at Clinton Junior High. She is in the choir and had earned many awards. She is also an Honor Student. Patrick Francis, 15, is in the St Paul's Marching Band and plays the Quad Toms Drums. He is a Senior Altar Server at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Mandeville, LA. He is also an Honor Student. He just recently returned from Jamaica, where he went on a Mission trip. Nora Francis, 11, is in the 6th grade at Our Lady of the Lake School in Mandeville, LA. She sings also and acts and has been in many of the children's productions in Covington, LA and Mandeville. She is an Honor Student. Colin Francis is in the 5th grade at Our Lady of the Lake School in Mandeville, LA. He is the sports participant in the family. He plays Soccer and Baseball. He also has performed in several children's plays in Covington, LA. Vera has two grand dogs who belong to George, her son, Lillie and Beaubebel. There are no children yet.
Her favorite hobby is spending time with her grandchildren and attending Grandparents Day at the various schools. This takes up a good bit of her time attending 6 Grandparents Days in 9 months. Her husband and her attend their footballs games, plays and watching them serve mass for the first time, First Communions, Confirmations and all their activities at church and school. Aside from this she is still employed full time. Her husband is also an artist and she encourages him while he draws and paints. She can't draw a straight stick man so all she can do is encourage him. They are both members of St. Paul's Catholic Church where she has been a member for 67 years. They are both Eucharist Ministers and she is a Lector. George is an Usher and they both sing in the Choir. She and her husband, George, reside here in Vicksburg.
Son, George, daughter, Andrea, Vera and husband George and daughter Julie.