Speaking of genealogy.....Today would have been my maternal grandmother's 111th birthday. She was born on April 19, 1899 on the family plantation in Blairs, SC. When she was 8, my great-grandfather, who owned some other businesses as well, moved his family upstate to Greenville....and that is where my grandmother spent the rest of her life. (Although she always liked to travel, making her last big trip to England when she was 91 years old.)
Four generations at a family wedding, 1995.
Ma-Ma (the "a" was short) passed away in April of 2000, just a couple of weeks before her 101st birthday.... in the house she had grown up in and lived in once again during the last 15 years of her life. Her sister had lived there continuously since 1907 and she died in 1999 at the age of 105.
Ma-Ma (age 96), Older Daughter (age 3 1/2) and Great-Aunt Helen (age 101 1/2)
Both of these women were "classic preppy chic" and an inspiration to many generations of family and friends. You will hear more about them (and Miss Betty) when we talk about houses and gardens on "Wonderful Wednesday." It is Historic Garden Week here in Virginia.....and with all those house and garden tours all over the state, this week is a wonder all its own!
I just got word that my cousin and his wife might be headed to the hospital to welcome Baby #2.....Ma-Ma's 12th great-grandchild. How wonderful that he might be born on this very special day. Welcome to the world, sweet baby..... Happy Birthday, dear Ma-Ma! You are truly missed!!