(Zachary Kaufman/The Columbian)
July 3, 2013
"Every stitch is stitched with love," said Frances Lyons, who is known as Mama Fran to the hundreds of troops and military veterans who have received her big American flag afghans. She has crocheted 300 of these, mostly for soldiers and families she's never met, and has a waiting list of approximately 100 more right now. "It's what keeps me going," said Lyons, 77.