Upon completing a year of college, Anna Belle returned to Tennessee where she worked as a clerk typist with the state rationing board, the Tennessee office of the OPA (Office of Price Administration). It was located in the Stahlman Building at the corner of Third Avenue North and Union Street. In her job, she learned all 95 counties as well as several people in each. This was yet another step in preparing her to help her brother Frank in the years to come. She lost her job when the war ended. Her supervisor recommended her to Capital Chevrolet Company in Nashville as a good secretary. When she interviewed with the two men who owned the dealership, they told her the job entailed operating the switchboard, billing out vehicles and helping their wives when needed. She was surprised when they asked about her personal life. They explained that when they trained women for jobs, they would either marry a soldier and leave or would get pregnant. Being straightforward has always been one her traits so she told them, "I need the job; I don't mind being corrected and I don't mind working on weekends. As for the things you mentioned, running off with a soldier or getting pregnant, I haven't had an offer in either field." Further, she told them about her brother Frank being in college and how, when he finished, she had promised to help him when he ran for governor. She got the job. It paid $120 a month and they let her work in Frank's campaign. She feels it was meant for her to work in public service.
Our visit was much like reading a fascinating novel, one you don't want to put down, anticipating the next event. I also learned that events in Anna Belle's life have occurred in an orderly manner. For example, in 1964 she attended a luncheon for the legislature at the Hermitage Hotel hosted by the Tennessee Association of Business. There she met State Senator Charles O'Brien, a widower from Memphis, in Shelby County. A group from Shelby County was having a reception the next Tuesday and he asked if she would like to go as his escort. He said he would pick her up at 3:30 p.m.