My Grandma Brown was a country woman. There was nothing fancy about her--nothing fancy in her home--she was just plain & simple, my loving Grandma Brown.
Grandma Brown was born in 1889. She married when she was 19 years old, and had her first baby by the time she was 20. Born to her were 7 children, 4 daughters and 3 sons. My Dad used to say that two of his sisters died during the influenze epidemic. But there are notes in a family Bible that little Eva Thelma died in 1918 at the age of 7, and Vivian Velva died in 1914 at 19 months. I never remember hearing Grandma talk about her babies.
Grandma with 3 of her children--Joe, Rose & my dad, Duane
Grandma was not a very fancy cook. About anything she cooked was either fried or was prepared with lots of left over grease! They always had beans of some sort, fried potatoes, and the best iron skillet fried chicken in Central Missouri! I loved her fried chicken. Her salads were made from dandelion greens, when she could find them, and she loved to cook polk....sort of like spinach!
I think my mother paid one of the highest tributes I've ever heard someone say about their mother-in-law. She told me that she never heard Grandma Brown ever talk bad about anyone, never gossiped, and never raised her voice.
Those footprints she left on our lives are hard to fill. She might have been a plain, country woman, but she was a very gentle Spirit!
In memory of our sweet Grandma Brown
one of Grandma's favorite quotes...
"A willful waste will bring a woeful want"