Wednesday, June 8, 2011

100 YEARS AGO TODAY

My Mom was born 100 years ago today in Chicago, IL.  Her Dad was a carpenter and Mother was from a family of 13 children.  Both were born in Minnesota, the children of farmers.

Mama's confirmation picture

Mom became a registered nurse and married Daddy in 1935.  They grew up in the same area of Chicago and went to the same church.  In fact, they attended church together before they were born!  (Dad was born one month before Mom).  Back in 1911, pregnant women didn't go out very much in public in their "condition."  So, both grandmothers would go to the evening service at church and they would sometimes walk together.

Mom taught me to sew and embroider.  She also awakened a love of quilting in me.  She made a baby quilt that all four of us used and also a quilt for our wedding gift.  She loved to embroider, so she made a number of quilts that had cross stitching on them.  They came in kits.  I think the only one that she hand quilted was our wedding quilt.  After that she sent them out to the Eastern Star ladies and they hand quilted them.  Mom didn't really enjoy making clothes, although she sometimes made dresses for my sister and me.  When I started sewing clothes for myself in junior high, if I would have a problem, I would ask her for help.  She would always tell me to read the instructions for the answer.  I realized a lot later that this advice was very good for me as it helped me to be able to follow directions.

1911 - 2004

Mom was a wonderful mother and grandma.  She loved babies!  She and Daddy were married 65 years and she was 92 when she died.  We love you, Mama!

14 comments:

Liriopia said...

13 children and born on a farm? Your Mom had one fine education in that environment and it shows - through you! Happy Birthday to your Mom and congrats to you for being lucky enough to be her daughter!

Liri

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Wonderful that you have special loving memories of your mother. Your were blessed to have her in your life for 92 years.

Carolyn

---"Love" said...

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady! We never stop missing them, do we? ---"Love"

Lori said...

So sweet!!

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a wonderful tribute. I've been missing my mom this week. I wonder why it is that we miss them so much sometimes? blessings, marlene

Elaine Adair said...

what a lovely tribute, warm and caring. 8-)) She was lucky to have YOU and YOU were lucky to have HER. 8-)))

Alf and Lily Creations said...

Happy Birthday Mama, great post. This year marks my grandparents 70th wedding anniversary and the family is celebrating even though they are not with us anymore. As Love said we done ever stop missing them... Karen xx

Marsha said...

Thanks for the great post about your Mom. I love the confirmation picture. You have some wonderful memories.

Sandy said...

What a lovely way to honour the memory of your Mom.

Sandy

Sharon said...

Such a lovely post! and today is my sweet little grandson's 7th birthday, wonder if he will see 92 years?

Julia said...

lovely story...what an amazing lady your Mum was..
Julia ♥

Beth said...

What a great post about your Mom. I love her confirmation picture. What a great way to keep her with you.

a good yarn said...

Such a fitting tribute to your dear mother. She certainly lived through remarkable times. Ann :-)

MARCIE said...

Lovely memories of your mother. Doesn't it just stun you how fast 100 years goes by!