Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Marie Terry was born in 1913. She was just a baby when Mother's Day was born, a mere child during the years of the first radio broadcast and a teen-ager when Charles Lindbergh took the first trans-Atlantic flight. She lived her early married years during the Great Depression, marrying Mervin in 1931. She never owned or drove a car and raised 9 children as the original "stay at home" Mom.

It is amazing to think back on her life and all the changes she saw during 96 years of life - radio, television, the Model-T, nylon stockings, antibiotics, frozen food, talking pictures, VCRs, Band-aids, an $.08 loaf of bread, remote controls, microwave ovens, computers, cell phones, credit cards, barcodes, Barbie. She lived through women's sufferage, the civil rights movement, free-love 60's, big-hair 80's, 9-1-1, and the loss of a good husband, as well as a few of her children.

The pictures I have of Grandma indicate a hard life - but one that valued God and family above all else. She found it funny that I like old things - she tossed such "junk" away - why would I want to keep a primitive frying pan when it only symbolized the hardships endured? For that very reason. Those hardships made her who she was, who then in turn helped make me who I am. Without that history - there would be no future. The connection is clear and dear.

To be absent from the body is to be with the Lord. Grandma went home to be with the Lord today. She was a kind and gentle soul - and will be remembered with love.

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