The Younger Sisters and Bo

According the papers found in the Dumpster, Mary Frances was born in 1936 to John Younger and Vivian Florence, this according to Reverend J.A. McMahon of St Luke’s Church in St Louis Missouri (Certificate of Baptism). John was Scottish and Vivian was from East St Louis and they had three girls total. Mary joined her sister Helen Jean in a Sisterhood that would also welcome Ruth Ann a few years later. Three Sisters who remained close until tragedy tore through the family.

Ruth Ann, Mary Frances, Helen Jean

Mary was 39 years old when she had “Bo”. She was 40 when he was baptized at the Immaculate Conception Church in Maplewood. Stephen John Anich or Bo for short was born on Nov 20th 1975 via C/Section. He was just above 3 pounds with a length of 16 and half and suffered from cerebral palsy.

I don’t have any records of his childhood. Just one photo taken at school, the kind people used to hand out to family and friend’s in the 80s. Special relations got the 8 by 10s. The ones I found are likely from Helen Jean. It was in front of Jean’s house (as she wished to be called) that I found the collection. The majority of the Death Purge was that of Jean and Don Martin. Mary’s big sister. Yet one part of the paperwork related to the life of Mary Frances.

I found the admittance paperwork for the hospital. which was extensive as she bounced from Medical world to Dying Facility. Mary Frances died inside, as her only child left this world.

The year was 1992 and the month was April. Stephen John Anich to get his teeth worked on from Dr Shirley Pierce and Staff. As the sedation for surgery took him under, no one would suspected for the last time. Stephen had Cerebral Palsy but he also had several medals, from the 1991 Special Olympics. The Dentist enrolled “Bo” for a Carmelite Crusade of Prayer by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns. He would receive Nine Special Masses each month.

The Missouri Department of Social Services would be a part of her life as Helen Jean and Ruth Ann continued to care for their sister. She bounced from the Independence Center to Oak Park to Carrollton Manor until her death.

What of those Special Oymplic medals? Shoved in with the paperwork of a deceased Sister. When Jean passed on, and Ruth Ann passed on…..who was left that remembered “Bo”?

I only hope one day I can find a picture of the young man at the 1991 Special Oymplics winning those medals with a smile on his face.


more of the story comin……..

Helen Jean