Hometown Hero is Dedicated to Serving Those Who Served America

By Melanie Chapman | mchapman@kolr10.com

Published 03/13 2014 06:16PM

Updated 03/13 2014 06:26PM

MT. VERNON, Mo. – A Mt. Vernon woman is dedicated to serving the men and women who have served our country.

Fran Black is a very welcoming and familiar face at the Mt. Vernon Veteran’s Home. She’s been a volunteer there since 1996.

“My father was a veteran and he was in a veteran’s home down in Oklahoma,” Fran says. “I saw the people down there volunteering and I thought that's something I’d like to do.”

Fran comes religiously every Thursday to visit with veterans and to just be by their side. Reading newspapers, the bible and even doing genealogical research for them.

One of those men is ill, but with Fran’s help and countless hours of research, he found answers to his history. It’s a history to share with generations to come.

“He was thrilled,” says Fran. “He had no idea we'd be able to find so much. We started off with one line and we needed up with eight of his family lines and took many of them way back into England. He was thrilled.”

Every morning when Fran comes to meet with veterans she feels honored to serve them.

“She becomes friends with the residents and is willing to do anything that is asked of her she's just a great lady,” says supervisor David Kloppenborg.

Fran holds each of these veterans close to her heart. Each week they look forward to her lifting their spirits.

“Well yes, but it also lifts mine,” Fran says. “I’m not the hero here, they are.”

Fran also volunteers for many other organizations like Daughters of American Revolution and Daughters of Union Veterans.

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