My Grandma was Miss Massachusetts! Pretty cool, huh? She survived three husbands and one of her five biological children (three girls and two boys). She also adopted three more children (one girl and two boys), one of whom was my closest friend growing up as we were only one year apart.
My Grandma loved dogs and always had them, from giant slobbering great white Samoyeds to disciplined, trained German Shepherds. I think I got my love of dogs (and animals in general) from her.
My Grandma LOVED McDonald's. I think in part, it is because she always remembered how good it was when they first started and actually served real meat in their burgers. Anyways, she would take us there on the weekends and she would always order extra pickles, like, a small cup of pickles!
My Grandma often wore polyester pants, sweatshirts with kitties or dogs on them and a turtleneck. She was always comfortable, but she was also always very primped. Her silvery-white hair was short on the sides and curled on top - the classic Grandma look!
She wore Jean Nate. There was always Dial soap in her bathroom. Today, I cannot used original Dial soap without thinking of her.
She was our "Grandma with the pool". We loved swimming in her above ground pool, making whirlpools, playing Marco Polo and perfecting our flips and handstands. I also learned how to do the "Ariel" in her pool. :)
She lied about her age pretty much since the day she was born! B and I went to an 80 birthday party for her about 11 years ago and that was the first time I ever really knew how old she was. She was 91 when she passed away. I do regret that I wasn't able to see her much these last couple of years. From what my family tells me, she probably wouldn't have remember me anyways due to the Alzheimer's.
Eleanor Myrle (Woodward) Wright had 8 children, 18 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. She loved her family, as well as reading and the weekend garage sale. Thank you for the fond memories and time spent together Grandma. I hope you knew that I loved you and had a special place in my heart for you.
A good sampling of family in a polaroid, so you know its old school! I'm the one in the pink and white striped dress, bottom left. My brother is to the right in the orange and grey striped shirt with the bowl cut. My Grandma and Grumpy Grandpa are right above me.
My Grandma on her 88th birthday with two of her great-grandchildren.