A snippet of life
Grandma lived with us from 1957 on until her death in 1982 at the age of 87. She was a remarkable woman who outlived one husband who died during the 1918 flu pandemic.
She married another man who proved to be abusive. When, after a particularly bad beating in 1957, my father drove to get her and brought her to our house.
I was 3 years old when she arrived, I don’t remember much about that time. For as long as I can remember she’d lived with us.
Boy, could that woman bake too. She’d have us up at the table while she worked and taught us all about her cakes and cookies.
Grandma taught us a lot over the years and loved to tell us stories about her time with the railroad. My grandma was the first woman ticket sales person for the NY railroad. She was a tough cookie and a kind, generous soul.
When my parents lived in Menard Texas, some young men burglarized their house, stealing all my Mother’s and Grandmother’s jewelry, among other things. It broke Grandma’s heart to find her children, grandchildren, and great grand children charm bracelet gone. I think that hurt her the most. That Christmas we granddaughters got together and made sure she a charm for each of us. This was her face when she opened the box and saw all the charms–with new ones added for our husbands and the newest of the great grandchildren.