Thursday, March 6, 2014

An Amazing Woman – My Husband’s Grandmother at 102

An Amazing Woman – My Husband’s Grandmother at 102

My husband’s grandmother, Ruth Moore, has celebrated her 102nd birthday. She is an amazing woman, who is still vital with a sharp mind, which is loved and appreciated by her large extended family including several great-great grandchildren. And she is far better than I at remembering everybody’s name and relationship.

I lost my last surviving grandparent, French Copeland, March 3, 1989 – 25 years ago.  But I still feel that loss today. So it is such an absolute blessing that my husband and his family have shared Grandma Moore with me for the past 9 years.

Consider what has happened during her lifetime:

            Titanic sank
            World War I
            Her father succumbed to the Spanish Flu Pandemic
            Discovery of penicillin
            Discovery of insulin
            Discovery of King Tut’s Tomb
            The Hindenburg
            Lindbergh’s Transatlantic Flight
The Great Depression
Sliced Bread
            Pearl Harbor
            World War II
            Credit Cards!
            Korean Was
            First Man in Space
            The Moon Landing
            Heart Transplants
            Civil Rights Act of 1964
            Microwave ovens
            Test tube babies
            IBM introduces the PC in 1981
            Space Shuttle
            The Concord
            The Internet
            Gulf War
            Cell phones
            AIDS & effective treatment for AIDS
            Video streaming

And Grandma has gone with the flow. She was widowed for more than 50 years, worked hard to live a full independent life, and exhibits the best of Midwestern sensibility and values.

What a celebration! 102 years of strength, fortitude, love and kindness with a family that treasures her. I am grateful for the honor of having her as part of my life.



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