Until this week, I don’t think I had seen a picture of Grandma as a young woman. The only images I conjure up, put her at Mom and Dad’s wedding in the mid-1950s. By that time, Grandma was in her sixties. Well thanks to my dear cousins, Barbra Scott and Debi Ragsdale, I now have some new information and new images of a remarkable lady.
Barbra described Grandma as “vibrant, sociable, fun, kind and patient.” Physically, “she had very long black hair and wore it braided, with the braids wrapped up and around, circling her head. She suffered with headaches and those went away after her hair cut. Aunt Becky and Uncle Bill paid for her to take the train and visit them in Fort Knox, Kentucky. It was on the trip that Aunt Becky took her to a salon and had her hair cut and permed.”
Mom used to remember Grandma with all of her pets. Grandma loved cats and dogs, always seemed to have them around the house. Mom also thought she remembered a bird or two, but couldn’t be sure.
Debi sent me a couple of photographs of Grandma. Here she is with a couple of her pets in Wyoming. so this dates the photo at the early 1930s. I would never have imagined her with long black hair. But this photo, along with these memories, brings Grandma closer.