I am reposting this from last year.
I love her so much I want to honor her every year.
She was born January 21, 1904, the year of the St Louis Worlds Fair. She was such a little princess all her life.
She was the only daughter raised on a farm by two loving parents. She was born Ruth Forest but changed her name legally to Ruth Virgina.
She married young and moved to Detroit Michigan and lived there during the depression. Her only child was my mother.
I love this picture of my Grandparents outside their apartment house in Detroit
She was the only Grandmother I ever knew, my paternal Grandmother (who lived at 1515) died before I was born. She was active in Eastern Star and I think I got all my interest in flowers, decorating, entertaining and love of dishes from her. She always decorated for every holiday. I use to love to dress up in her gowns.
She never hardly sat down during a meal, her little 4' 9" frame stood over you wanting to know if someone needed something...she would have her apron on and had a habit of running her hands over the front of her apron.
We were great friends, she never drove so when I got my drivers license I would go get her to go shopping on the square in Charleston and we would sit and watch everyone walk by.
She was thrilled to get her one and only Granddaughter...I was so lucky!
The best gifts she gave me were family heirlooms, she was so excited when I got married and my new initial was the same as her Grandparents and she gave me their initial tablecloth and napkins. Of course I kept all her china, silver and glassware. She wrote notes and tucked them in things or wrote on the back of things of who the things belonged to thank goodness!
How many times when I went to visit she would go out and pick roses, daffodils, tulips, or marigolds and wrap them up with a wet paper towel and a rubber band to keep for my 2 hr drive home so I would have fresh flowers when I got home.
I still make her Swiss steak for my birthday and I have the musical plate stand that plays happy birthday she had.
I have all the letters and cards and letter we ever wrote each other and until the other day when I read one I forgot how she always wrote and the end "love you a bushel and a peck".
"I love you a bushel and a peck Grandma"