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Remembering My Grandma

Thinking of my beloved Grandma Ida who was born on December 10th, 1895 - 120 years ago today! She was a first generation American of German immigrant parents, one of ten children, born and raised on the South Dakota prairie where she lived her entire life.

This is a photo of Grandma Ida and her husband William on their wedding day in June 1915.
This photo of her and her sons was taken on Christmas Eve in 1950. From left to right - Orville (my dad), Aldon, Grandma Ida, Bill, and Delbert in the front.
 Grandma was a treasure with a twinkle in her eye, she taught us how to sew on her old Singer treadle sewing machine, and taught us how to play card games like Canasta. She also taught us a few words of German that still make me smile!

Grandma Ida was a wonderful gardener and cook, the memories of her fried chicken and blueberry pie make my mouth water! Grandma's devotion to her faith, her family and her friends set an example for all of us. She was my role model - a strong woman who overcame all obstacles and hardships including breast cancer, the loss of an infant son, and being widowed at a young age with a farm to run and four sons to raise. She lived her life with courage, determination, and humor.

Of hardy German stock, Grandma Ida lived to be 97 years old! She is our guardian angel now, watching over all of us from Heaven, and I want her to know that I love her dearly and will miss her always... until we meet again!

6 comments:

  1. Such an amazing woman! Thank you for sharing your love for her with us.

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    1. Thank you, Mimi, yes she was! Farm women had to be able to do it all back then!

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  2. Nice tribute and great pictures.

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    1. Thank you Gail! I would have liked to share more photos but didn't have them where I could access them in time.

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  3. So wonderful to see that you are still here, still happy. I think of you often, I'm in my own private pain hell and just cannot do much anymore. Keep on going - so proud of you --- big hugs. :) Jamie

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    1. OMG,Jamie!! Tears were running down my face as soon as I saw your name and thought it can't really be... but IT IS You!! I can't tell you how often I've stopped by your blog hoping for a word or two on how you're doing. I know it must be anything but easy in your world, and you are always, always in my heart and in my prayers. Please email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com anytime you are able. I care about you!!

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