March 12 — Working girl: Did your mother or grandmother work outside the home? What did she do? Describe her occupation.
I had two grandmother’s that had their own businesses in their home. Both of my grandmother’s sewed for a living. My maternal grandmother Agnes Cully Peters was a fashion designer, and sewed for the Who’s Who in New York and then in later years Los Angeles when her sister Zara relocated to pursue her acting career.
My paternal grandmother Helen Bunn Thompson had a sewing room in her home and she would sew for church members, and many of the neighborhood families where she resided in Los Angeles. This is one of the many ways she would make a living. Helen was also was a foster parent and a launderer.
I later learned from an older relative that Helen owned a cafe in Little Rock, Arkansas and in St. Louis, Missouri.