Anna and Margaret Brown
Anna Brown lived with her daughter Margaret Brown in the St. Therese of the Little Flower Parish. They moved to Little Sisters of the Poor in October. Anna grew up in the small town of Brookfield, MO and moved with her two daughters to Kansas City in the early 1940’s. She met and married Leroy Cason, who adopted Margaret and her sister. They owned a home that was taken by the State of Missouri when the urban section of the interstate highway was built in the 1960’s. Her family then moved to the home she lived in prior to coming to Little Sisters of the Poor with her daughter.
Anna was a daycare worker most of her life and she loved working with the children. Later, she worked as a housekeeper for Little Sisters of the Poor in their home at 53rd and Highland. Anna is a devout Catholic and loves being able to attend daily Mass. She feels safe and comfortable in her new home and when asked about living at the Jeanne Jugan Center, she replied with a big smile, “I like it just fine.”
Margaret worked as a housekeeper and spent many years volunteering with the Knights of St. Peter Claver. She spent her personal time working with the poor and homeless at places like the Holy Family House in Kansas City. Margaret is very happy to be away from the old house and to have opportunities to be around other people. Margaret is settling into her new home and participating in some of the activities being offered. Her favorites are going to mass and playing BINGO.
Anna and Margaret’s story of moving to Little Sisters of the Poor was featured in the November 5, 2010 issue of The Catholic Key.
Anita Biondo lived in Kansas City until moving to Raytown with her husband Joe and their three children in the late 50’s. Anita worked for Internal Revenue Service for nine years before taking a position with the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation in 1983. She retired in 1993 to care for her husband who was recovering from his second heart surgery.
Anita attended Our Lady of Lourdes Church until the boundaries of St. John Francis Regis were established in 1964. As a member of St. Regis, Anita helped collect food donations from area grocery stores to take to a food pantry in downtown Kansas City.
If you ask Anita what she likes best about living at Little Sisters of the Poor, she will tell you it is the care and attention she receives along with the many activities including the Red Hat Society. She is very happy to be here.