With Johnny gone, Francie had to take responsiblity for the family. She and Neely finished eighth grade, but Neely would go to high school while Francie worked.
Despite this sad event, Francie made the best out of it. She began to teach herself and was very good at reading and english. The family went forward and persevered with hard work
The hard work and perseverance was worth it. Katie met a retired police officer named Sergeant Mcshane. This good man decided to marry Katie, adopt the kids, provide for them, and pay for their college tuition. Francie and her family were on their way to a good new life