Fannie was born and raised in Louisiana. She received her undergrad degree at Southern University at Baton Rouge in dietology. She went on to get her master’s degree in Food Management from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. After graduating, she came to Aurora to work at the St. Charles Hospital and married her husband LeRoy. After giving birth to her first child, she decided not to go back to work at the hospital because she could not find day care for her son. He was not allowed in most daycares because he was black and she didn’t want to leave him at a person’s house where there were too many children for a home childcare provider to handle. The Nuns at the hospital wanted her to come back to work so urgently that they told her to bring her child and they would watch him while she worked.
Liz Hartigan Connelly