She was an "army brat".The third child of nine in her family. Her nickname was/is Toody. I am going to have to find out how that originated. The second daughter, who grew up in the shadow of her still living big sister Adele. A good student all through school, who she gives credit to Adele for being so bossy that she came home and taught Mom everything that she herself had learned at school.
I love that in many of the old photos I have of her, she is holding a camera. My enjoyment of picture taking is in full bloom right now, so it means even more. And thankful that she took them!
She also shared with me her love of reading. Everything and anything. It did make me crazy as a kid when I would holler out something like "MOM! How do you spell _______?!?!" Her answer was ALWAYS - "LOOK IT UP!!"
She dabbled in pottery, ceramics, knitting, croquet, sewing, painting, loves flowers and gardening. She was President of the Library Guild, active in PTA, Cub Scout leader for my older brother Steven. She sewed my sisters bridesmaids dresses for my wedding.
Everyday she does the crossword puzzle and Sudoku. I'm so thankful that I have siblings who live near her and Dad and can be nearby as needed. And I'm looking forward to seeing her at the end of the month.
Happy Birthday Mom. I love you. Thank you for all you have done and shared, and taught.