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Cherished Memories: An Afternoon of Reminiscing

I was about 6 years old and my aunt dressed me up like a cowgirl. 

They are stories that show a glimpse in time. A time, some would say, when things were much simpler but, for Ms. Wasserbeck, a resident at Senior Village for the past seven years, they are times she deeply cherishes. 

Sharon Francis Wasserbeck was born at St. Anthony hospital in Oklahoma City on September 3, 1941. Francis, as she goes by, was not an only child. She had a brother named Joe who she’s remained close to all of her life. The family resided in Downtown Oklahoma City for the first 15 years of her life then moved to southwest part of town. One of her more memorable moments from her childhood involved a cowgirl outfit that she still has the photo of to this day. “My mom put me in a beauty contest and I won it. I was about 6 years old and my aunt dressed me up like a cowgirl. I had on boots and a little pink dress,” she shared.  

Also as a little girl she has fond memories of being in Campfire. Her troop leader was Ms. Young who was an Art teacher at Roosevelt High School. One of the memories she shared was about her first camping trip to Camp Cimarron. “We went hiking and I remember we didn’t have enough covers. It was in the winter time and we didn’t have enough covers, but we had some newspapers. And, she (Ms. Young) told us to spread them in between the blankets and we would keep warm. That’s what we did and we stayed warm. We were in a cabin and it cut out the wind. We had a fire place in the center where we cooked our meals. We had fun!”

One of her favorite stories to tell from yesteryear is about her Uncle meeting Will Rogers. “I didn’t know my uncle, but he met Will Rogers out in California and they had their picture taken with him. And my aunt had her picture taken with all of the movie stars out there at that time. We found it when we went through the pictures and my brother said that’s Will Rogers and that’s your uncle,” she shared. Francis kept the photos and years later sent them into OETA to be showcased on the air. The photos were shown twice on OETA, according to Francis. As an adult, Francis worked at John A. Brown’s Department store in Downtown Oklahoma City for 22 years before retiring to take care of her mother. She’s the proud Aunt of three nieces and nephews. Francis loves to reminisce and has many scrapbooks with photos, newspaper clippings and other knick knacks from years that have passed.