Frances "Pal" Reeves to sign copies of book Sunday

Frances "Pal" Reeves, a native of West Point, Ga., will sign copies of her book, "Those Yellowed Letters," from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hawkes Library, 100 W. 8th St. in West Point.

Books will be available for purchase. Frances went through a bereavement period not uncommon to those experiencing the loss of a loved one, according to a media release. Her husband, Charles, died almost four years ago, and she found herself wondering about her purpose in life.

She told God, “Just give me a year to get my emotions and business affairs straight, then, I’ll be ready to do whatever You have for me to do. In the meantime, I’ll be listening. But it had ‘better be good!’ ” according to the release.

“My doubts of being nearly 81 years old kept creeping in," Reeves said in a statement. "What could God do with an 81-year-old woman? A few days later I was reading a book of Millard Fuller’s, 'Building Materials for Life, Vol, III.' He quoted Richard Bach, author of 'Jonathon Livingston Seagull', who said, “Here is the test to find whether your mission in life is finished: If you are alive, it isn’t!” That surely answered that question!”

Taking the words to heart, Reeves started the future quest to live focusing on the opportunities presented to her.

In 2008, Reeves was encouraged to enter the Ms. Southwest Senior Georgia Pageant. With support from her friends, determination, and much planning and preparation, she received the crown. Not only did she win the pageant, she won an award for the most sponsorship of the pageant.

That opportunity was a major one. It opened the door for her to be invited to make talks to various groups, demonstrating that older people can still be active, enthusiastic, productive and still have fun.

Reeves is active in community affairs as well as church and in the academic field. She has a doctorate from Auburn University in counseling and has ties to the University’s Advisory Board of Education.

She is looking forward to writing more, in the form of memoirs and lessons learned.

“Those Yellowed Letters” is a collection of letters written by a young man, who, in the midst of his college life, finds love, but that love is not welcomed or returned.

Call 706-645-1549 for more information.