Offbeat: Apron Lady

July 14, 2008--Posted at 8:15 a.m.  CDT

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) -- Edith Gann is plenty busy in her retirement years, busy making apsons. Miss Edith raised nine children, all the while, working the cotton fields of Arkansas.

"One time i had a sack of cotton and I started over the fence," said Gann.  "One of my kids was on the back of it and I fell over the fence and throwed him over the top of me.

Miss Edith now has 32 grand kids and 25 great grand kids, and even in retirement at Plantation homes in Trumann, Miss Edith keeps her hands busy.

"It ain't all that hard, it's just sitting there sewing," said Gann.  "I don't know, I just wanted to make some aprons and started making me some aprons.  Once everbody found out, they wanted me to make them some aprons, saying make me some, make me some."

And that's exactly what she's been doing, making aprons, all day, every day...

"I just get started and when I get tired, I go down to the cafeteria and get a cup of coffee and come back and start sewing on aprons, said Gann.  Then when I get hungry I go down and get me something to eat, then come back and keep sewing on aprons."

Sewing steady she says she can finish an apron in about a day to a day in a half.  She doesn't really use a pattern and just uses whatever fabrics folks dropp off.  This southern seamtress works her magic for free and she says the payoff comes when her customers pick up the goods.

Gann added, "had one lady pick hers up and said,  'I ain't gonna wear my apron, I'm gonna hang mine up on the wall.))

A stitch in nine, saves time, so goes the saying, but for Edith Gann, it's not about saving time, it's about passing time doing something she loves for others.