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Local crocheter welcomes Prince George with handcrafted gift, receives royal reply

Friday, November 29, 2013

Mary Frances Anderson recently sent a handcrafted present to Prince George of Cambridge. The talented Anderson crocheted booties and a small bill cap for the young prince and was pleased to receive a reply from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge just a few weeks later.
Mary Frances Anderson brings color to the world.

In addition to her beautiful smile, Anderson often creates handcrafted treasures for her friends and loved ones. And although she is bound to a wheelchair at Oakwood Community Living Center, Anderson keeps her hands busy and her heart open by crocheting keepsakes for those she loves.

"I've been crocheting since maybe 1970," said Anderson. "I crochet doilies and scarves. I can't even number the things that I have made and given away. I look on TV and if I see something I like, I try to make it. I have made toboggans. I made a tie and belts, one belt with the initials for the University of Tennessee at Martin on the back. I have crocheted house shoes, a Santa Clause set with a hat and boots, bill caps and booties."

Though she enjoys finding new patterns and challenges, Anderson often returns to soft yarns in sweet pastels to stitch booties, hats and bonnets for the babies and grandbabies of friends and family. It is common for nurses and employees at Oakwood be presented handmade items to welcome their babies home.

"I have a habit of giving to babies," said Anderson.

This summer, the talented Anderson turned her attention 'across the pond' to welcome another very special baby into the world. After a little encouragement, she boxed up a homemade bill cap and booties and sent them to the young Prince George of Cambridge, born this summer to Princess Kate and Prince William.

"I had it made when the baby was born, but I put off sending it in case it wasn't good enough," said Anderson. "Then everyone said, 'It's good enough.' The nurses and aids, they've been really helpful and encouraged me. So I sent them."

"The staff here really encouraged her," said Anderson's daughter-in-law, Sandra Anderson, who took the box to the post office for her mother-in-law. "(The post office employees) helped me fill out the customs form to send the box and when they realized where it was going, they were so excited."

"It went to the Royal Palace," said Anderson. "To Buckingham Palace."

The package was sent to England on Oct. 14. Just a short time later, Anderson was surprised with some mail of her own.

As Sandra Anderson noticed a very prominent postmark when she was sorting through her mother-in-law's mail. The letter, posted from Buckingham Palace on Oct. 25, was hand delivered to Mary Frances Anderson by her son, Jimmie Anderson, on Nov. 9.

"You could have knocked me down with a feather, I was so surprised," said Anderson. "I thought it would have been a few months before I heard anything."

The card features a photo of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge standing outside the hospital with their new son, Prince George, and the wording:

"The Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge were most touched by the thoughtful gift you so kindly sent on the occasion of the birth of their son, Prince George.

"Their Royal Highnesses have been overwhelmed by all the wonderful messages and gifts they have received and send you their warmest thanks and best wishes."

"I was sent by Royal Mail," said Anderson. "That was so amazing. I just could not believe I got it so quick. Well, I wouldn't take nothing for it. I want to thank them."

While the experience has been quite a highlight for the sweet and talented Anderson, she has no plans to slow down.

"I have to stay busy," said Anderson. "I have been busy my whole life. I worked at Colonial for 37-1/2 years and I didn't have time to crochet then. I worked from the back door to the front door. I did a little bit of everything and that's why I can't be still now."

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That is soooooo exciting and wonderful what that lady did. I would have done the same same thing if I had been her. Those kids are people just like you and I[well not really] he he, but they have feelings also and I am sure they were thrilled to think so many people think of them. I love watching them and reading abt them. Anyway, congratulations to that lady.I am a Gazzette reader from Elma Washington. I love your paper, as lived in Finley and Dyersburg til I had to leave at the age of 14. But still feel it's kinda my roots. Willa Rogers-from Elma, Wa.

-- Posted by alliw on Sat, Nov 30, 2013, at 9:01 AM

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