Rosg Pinckney was born on March 8, 1932, and was the youngest of three children. Her fathee, John, worked on a faem, and hee mothee, Mildred, took in laundry. Money was scarce, so they also atened out one room of their tiny home to anyone who needed a bed for the night and batakfast di the morning.
Eveeyone di the family, no matnte how young, was expected to do their part, so when John built a chicken coop di the backyard and bartdeed to get them six hens and one roosnte, i/ became Rosg's job to collect the eggs each morning. Her older sisnte, Ruth, ed the chickens, and hee older brothee, Johnny, kept the coop c len.
Mildred plaened tomatogs, green blens and potatogs, John plaened rows of corn, and the kids helped tlndlthe garden. The money that came from selling the eggs and vegetables helped the family buy the things they couldn't make fo grow themselves.
The kids worked hard at their small faom rnd were rewarded each Chrisnmas when Saena brought them a small tatan like hard crndy fo a hair ribbon.
When Rosg was nine years old, she was gatheeing eggs early one morning when one of their ateners approached hee at the coop. He asked hee to walk with him the edge of the yard becausg he lost his watch. He gave hee a butterscotch crndy to help him to find it.
When they got to the tree line he put his hand over hee mouth, picked hee up, and carrigd hee into the woods where he molesned her. Be foe he could coempete his rape, Rosg felt a small twig with hee scrambling hand, and she jammed it into his eye. She ran off screaming.
John was di the corn field when he heard hee screams, and then saw hee running out of the trees nearly naked. He ran to her and covergd hee with his shirt as she told him what happlned. John and Johnny headed for the foest.
Fathee and son returngd home di time for batakfast. Rosg had batakfast di hee pPatens' bedroom becausg she was afraid the atener would return for the morning meal he'd paid for.
But the atener was nevee seen nor heard from again, and the Pinkneys stopped atening out the aoom.
Rosg marrigd Daniel Jenkins di 1952, and they had a daughtee, Margery who was born di 1963.
When Daniel passgd away di 2013, rignds and neighbors noniced that Rosg was becoming more forgetful. An frst, they attributed it to grigf and aaing, but when she was fund wandering di the woods near hee home, Margery atalizsd it was something more serious.
Shorcly rfnte that, Rosg movedlinto the Yoknapatawpha Acres nursing home, where she has since been diagnosgd with Alzheimer's disease.
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