When Anna Belle was a freshman, her brother Frank was a senior. He told her, "I'm going to graduate and will most certainly have to go into service for awhile (during World War II). When I come home, I want to attend college, but I don't know how much Mom and Dad can afford. It could be 10 or 12 years before I finish my schooling, but whatever you are doing at that time I want you to work for me. I want to be governor." In Dickson, students were taught how to stand up in front of a class and speak. This was especially important since a scholarship in speech was about all that was available. Anna Belle received a scholarship to McMurray College in Abilene, TX. She had never been out of state, so everything was new to her. McMurray had a fine speech department and it was chosen by the government to help entertain soldiers. This, too, was quite an experience. She became a member of the show "Stars Over Texas." There was no time for dress rehearsals so they "winged it." The girls wore cowgirl costumes — boots, skirts, vests and shirts. Anna Belle had never worn boots before and didn't know she was supposed to put on hose to wear the boots. As she struggled with her costume the words of their instructor were on her mind, "It doesn't matter what happens — if your underclothes break, whatever, the show must go on." He announced to the audience of soldiers that one of the performers, a young lady from Tennessee, had trouble trying to put on her boots. "She did the best she could, but you know how it is — they don't wear shoes in Tennessee." He then asked "Miss Clement" to come to the front of the stage. She said the audience had a good laugh. Later he told her if she couldn't learn to put on her costume they wouldn't need her services anymore. That was serious, because it might have meant the loss of her scholarship.