Greeting to all "Panther Cubs"! How are you today?!
It's Christeus Abbey again!
Well it was a good idea to do a short
"bio" of me to share my life with you!
As life would have it,lots of twists and
angles.Some happy,some sad, and some very confusing!
While we were still in Oakland,our mother's
parole had been revoked, she returnd Oklahoma Women's State
Prison at McAlester. Sol and I left Oakland;July,1974
Arrived back in home-town; Idabel,Oklahoma.
Victor Hogg ( was there in Oakland with us and
our mother,Norma Gist) saw us safely back to our Grandmother, Ella L.
He stayed a few days with us.I will never forget
Victor! He was a very interesting person and a good friend to us.
By the way?...anybody know where he is? is he still
living?... Please let me know...
Our mother came home later that year, for
as I can think.It was very strange having her back. I had
become so accostomed to her not being there. She was like a
stranger to me at least.As well as it should be in
those times. All the emotional upheavals and the
downlows I had experience throughout my life. As it was , I was growing
up, (didn't want to)
I wanted to pick up from where my happy life ended
(which was maybe at the age of 2?).
It goes without saying that times were very
difficult for all people of color.Parents lived a the pain,children
felt the experince of it.
So Idabel was no different that when we left.I was
just older. The troubles I had experienced as being Norma
Jean Spagner Gist's daughter continued.I had never known my
mother to ever back out of a fight. She put her heart into everything she
did. As it was,we got back into school.(That was
strange, because Oklahome had banned us from ever attending it's
schools again!)That event is one of the reasons we went to the
S.N.I. Youth Institute. Confused.
But I made the best if it!
When I was banned from school,I was in 3rd grade.
On returning to classes, went right into 6th grade. Never went to 4th
grade..I only spent 2 or 3 months in 5th grade. but made the
best of it!
Trail after trial. Test after test.
Mom continued as she usually did.And being
the Activist she always been. Helping people to be the
best they could be As me and Sol,she was
"mama"and continued to design and make clothes
So by 1975,summertime,were making plans to leave
Idabel. Mom had done what she could to make a life there. But I was
time to shake off the dust and move on.
October 17,1976-We settled here in Kansas
1976--Attended Pioneer Community College.
1977--Attended Mid-America Modeling
1978--Enrolled into Northeast Senior High School.
1979--Became pregnant;I enrolled into Job Corps At
Excelsior Springs,Mo. to continue with G.E.D. Classes.
1980--Left there for maternity leave.
1980--My son,Christian was born
1981--Enrolled into G.E.D. classes
1982--My daughter,Zoe was born.
1983--Became a Born-again Christian;Married.
I learned a lot about life and myself through this
I been the homemaker;the animal rights activist(still
From this time since Many more tests and trials
have come to me.
1999,March;--The enemy got into a man,and caused him
to break into my home, by kicking in my door. I was attacked and
stabbed twice in to back. Which resulted in me
hospitalized 3 weeks+,with calapsed lung and reparing of my colon,because
of the puctures..I had a colostomy for 5 months to heal.This just on of
the many difficult experiences. But through all of
them God had remained Faithful. Even when we dont understand
what is going on , He is Faithful! He promised to never leave me,
and never forsake me. Even when we think things cant get any
worse.The Lord of Lords and King of kings shows who he is. Because
he's always there for us! I've learned that no matter
what has happened or what will happen, He is the source of
strength throughout successes, and what we call "failures"
But any thing we put out heart into,we never fail at that
These days I am single. Have three children; the
2 mentioned earlier and Isaac, he's 18.
He has Autism, (another one of my tests).in spite of
that,Isaac is just like any other person.He likes to look
at the "Black Panther Party photographs,I want to wear my
hair like them!"
"They were strong not because they wanted
to be, but because they had to be."I say.
To show "The powers that be" cannot do
people what they would desire to.Because we trust in the Lord
Go to: Opportunity. If you'd like to have your
Blessings,talk to you soon!
(We left lots of our clothes there at the
Institute. Any chance of anybody having kept a piece or two?!Hope
so,would love to see them!)