"Soup Bone Holler, Indiana shows the hard work performed by Salvation Army missionaries around the world. This is one of many reasons we ring the bell around the red kettles!”
The first question the NYPD detective asked me was,
"Why are YOU still alive?"
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Violet Jean Anderson Gerber was born in 1930 in Soup Bone Holler, an extremely poor section of Clinton, Indiana. The eighth of nine children of an alcoholic father and overworked mother, Violet Jean (known simply as Jean) grew up during the Great Depression and watched her brother march off to World War II.
In the 1950s, Jean began a 13-year pursuit of a bachelor’s degree and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1966, majoring in Spanish. She entered social work and held a variety of positions in Nevada and Washington welfare agencies. Jean became a soldier in the Salvation Army at the age of fifty-five, serving as a missionary in the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Mexico, among others.
After retiring from the Salvation Army, Jean spent ten years teaching General Education Degree (GED) classes to homeless adults at the Dave Thomas Education Center at the Broward County Outreach Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There, she assisted eighty-seven students to achieve a GED (the equivalent of a high school diploma). Jean now lives in Arizona, where she teaches Spanish classes to senior citizens.
Son of a Grifter: The Twisted Tale of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the Most Notorious Con Artists in America - A Memoir By The Other Son by Kent Walker
They Call Them Grifters: The True Story of Sante and Kenneth Kimes by Alice McQuillan
The Mother, the Son and the Socialite: The True Story of a Mother-Son Crime Spree by Adrian Havill
Dead End: The Crime Story of the Decade--Murder, Incest and High-Tech Thievery by Jeanne King
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