Written by her daughter, Sheryl.
Mom is 95 years old. She was born on the farm her great grandfather homesteaded. She was an only child. She started school in a country school until her severe hearing loss was discovered. My grandparents made a tough decision to send her to the Iowa School for the Deaf. My dad’s sister was also a student at the school for the deaf and that’s how mom and daddy met. We lived on a farm close to mom’s home place then moved to the farm when my grandparents built a house in town. We had a big garden, fruit trees, chickens, pigs and cattle and a horse daddy bought for us kids. We always had a dog or two and lots of cats. Living on a farm her whole life might be the reason for mom’s love of animals.
My grandmother and my mom made all of our clothes and mom loved to embroider. My dad rarely left the farm and I can still remember the day when I was in high school, my dad told me he and mom were going to Mount Rushmore. Since that day, my parents did a lot of traveling. They drove to Alaska. They loved going to the south to civil war historical sights. My brother was in the air force and lived in Shreveport LA and my parents visited him often. They had a goal to visit all of Iowa’s courthouses and mom made a scrapbook of photos and information. Mom was a scrapbooking queen long before scrapbooking was popular. She started doing counted cross stitch and made numerous pieces for family and friends.
Mom has always been involved in church. A church in a neighboring town had several deaf members and deaf interpreters so mom started attending there. She loves to read her Bible and reads daily devotions books from Guidepost. We attend church at the nursing home every Sunday afternoon. Mom also enjoys fill in puzzle books and magazines like Country, Country Woman and Iowa magazine.
Mom and Daddy raised 4 kids. My sister passed away nearly 5 years ago. After my dad passed away 15 years ago, mom left her home on the farm and moved to an apartment in town. She got a tuxedo cat, Suzi, who now lives with me. Mom did amazing until the past year. She had several falls and it was getting harder for her to get around, even with all the help we provided. After a series of falls this spring, we made the hard decision to move her to the nursing home. She wasn’t happy at first but has adjusted. The staff is wonderful!
Sheryl tells me her mom loves receiving cards so here is her address if anyone would like to send her one with a short message. Please assure her this is legit by mentioning the blog.
Westview Acres Room E44
203 SW Lorraine
Leon, IA. 50144
I hope this reaches all of you. And thank you!