Faulk finds fun wherever she goes
Cleda Faulk has always loved the simple life. The 87-year-old Faulk was raised on a farm near the Silverdale, Mo., community. The third oldest of eight children, Faulk had six sisters and a brother. The family worked together raising cotton and beans to sell, while growing their own food.
"Everybody worked," Faulk recalled. "We had to because it took everyone to make it work. You weren't too good to go out there and chop cotton when it was time. Another thing, we always had a garden. My mother always canned food to put up. We had to with a big family like that.
"You would think with that many girls we would always be fussing and fighting, but it wasn't ever anything bad. We got along just fine for the most part. We were just plain, old, poor people that loved each other and got along good. That's just the way it was."
After completing high school, Faulk began working at Brown Shoe Company in Piggott. She worked at the factory for many years, constructing shoes as a vamper, sewing the upper part of the shoe onto the sole.
"I stayed there until they left town (1985). I have a lot of memories of that place and the people I worked with. We all got along pretty good. We did a little bit of growling at each other and cutting up, but nothing serious. I look back now and I think, 'Oh my, we had a lot of fun.'"
Faulk continues to have a good time wherever she goes. Now residing at Magnolia Manor, she enjoys the many programs offered at the facility and the numerous special guests who visit.
"There's always something to do here," Faulk said. "We have churches that come in here about twice a week. And there are people who come in and play the piano and sing. They have some good entertainment for us. This is just a good place to be."
Faulk enjoys visiting with her son, Frankie, and family and friends. She is a bona fide animal lover, finding friends with nearly every dog and cat she sees.
She's also found numerous friends at Magnolia Manor.
"I knew quite a few people here. I had gone to church with some of them, and it's good to get to see them regularly. I've certainly not been lonesome here. There are lots of good people here."