A Remarkable Mother Summary
Bessie Lillian Gordy Carter was a registered nurse, physicians assistant, pecan grower, university housemother, nursing home manager, Peace Corps Volunteer, and renowned public speaker and raconteur. She ignored the restrictive mores and prejudices of the racially segregated South of the Great Depression years, and was an avid lifelong supporter of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers because she happened to attend the first major league baseball game in which Jackie Robinson, from Cairo, Georgia, ever played.
Miz Lillie was a favored guest on television talk shows, including those of Johnny Carson and Walter Cronkite, usually able to steal the microphone from her hosts.
Carter writes: My mother was often gone from home when I was a boy, serving as a nurse on private duty in her patients homes. She was supposed to receive six dollars for her twenty hours of service, but knew in advance that most of her families would never be able to pay. Since she came home around midnight to bathe and change into a fresh uniform, we children would sometimes miss seeing her for more than a week at a time. She would not forget, however, to leave written instructions on the front room table that prescribed our multiple chores.
President Carter loved his parents deeply and he particularly ascribes to his mother, the inspiration for his lifes work.