There were only about 500 Army Air Corps flight nurses during World War II. Brazil resident, Rose Sellmer, who will celebrate her 83rd birthday Saturday, was one of them.
Sellmer's daughter, Vanita Moore, co-owner of Moore's Funeral Home, is a nationally recognized story teller. Awarded a $1,300 grant from the Frank Basile Emerging Story Fellowship to work on a special interest tale, Vanita told of her mother's unusual military career and presented her story at the Indiana Art Center last Saturday.
She spoke of many sad, frustrating, rewarding and sometimes humorous events of her mother's life during her five years in the Army Air Corps. Sellmer once attended an air base baseball game with Frank Sinatra in Newfoundland.
Vanita has presented Tellebration at the funeral home for the past two years. It's an occasion for adults and older children to get together for an evening of storytelling. Traditionally it's held the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This year Vanita will share her Art Center, Fellowship story about her mother. And it just happens to fall on Rose Sellmer's birthday.
Besides the birthday celebration, the event will be a tribute to veterans. The Tellebration will be from 7-8 p.m. Saturday, at the Moore Funeral Home. Refreshments will be served after the program. The $5 donation requested for admission will go to the Senior Citizen Center.