Fran VanHooser is looking forward to Thursday evening. Her twin daughters, Kathlyn and Sydney, will graduate with Diplomas of Distinction from Grundy County High School. She spoke with the Herald about the excitement of this year and offered an excellent piece of advice for parents.
Fran was born in Altamont, delivered by Dr. Harbolt. Her parents are Sue Nunley and Joe Smith. She comes from a large family.
“My siblings are Karen, Judy, Susie, Sara, Joseph, and my late brother Nathan,” says Fran.
“I attended Altamont Elementary and Grundy County High School. After graduation, I began my career working with hair. I have been a beautician for almost 30 years, but work part-time now. I also help my fiancé, Joe Lundberg, with our online business.”
Fran has three children.
“My son Trey will graduate in December with an engineering degree. My daughters Kathlyn and Sydney graduate this Thursday from GCHS.
“It has been quite an experience having twin daughters, especially their senior year. We have enjoyed every minute of it. It has been a challenge at times, but I am thankful I have had these experiences with my children. They will be attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the fall.”
Being a part of her children’s life has been important to Fran, and her commitment shows in her encouragement to other parents.
“The only advice I have for other parents is to try and participate in your children’s lives and know their interests. It is important to listen to them. We as adults have a lot to learn from our children.”
In her free time, Fran and Joe enjoy traveling and spending time with their family.