Friday, January 04, 2008
Grandmother Iva ~ 104
Grandmother Iva was born on a December day in 1903. The youngest of eleven siblings, she grew up with six brothers and four sisters. Her father was a farmer in northern Pennsylvania where Iva grew up and lived her entire life. That is, until retirement in Arizona some thirty-five years ago! I love this picture of her: exotic eyes, beautiful crimped hair, and sculpted features. It was about the time of this photo that she met and fell in love with Gramps. . .an adventurous young man who had dreams of ranching and of far off places like California. One family story tells of courtship in a horse-drawn sled that somehow overturned on a snowy night. Quiet and gentle, small and sweet --- grandma was also adventurous and could be tough as nails if need be!
During her child-rearing years Grandmother was a pretty traditional farm wife. A terrific cook, she always had tasty meals prepared for the family and farm hands. But Grandmother didn't leave all the farming to the men! She was known to drive cattle truck to cities far away, making deliveries of stock and such. When a sawmill was added to the farm, she frequently delivered lumber to the city, driving the old trucks with confidence and ease. Above she is, shown with Grandpa Ed and her daughers Audrey and Cella.
The family enjoyed a special time with Grandmother recently as we helped her to celebrate her 104th birthday. Although she has been affected by age, her sweet personality and generous smiles shines through. We enjoyed the opportunity to share this milestone moment with her.
Of course I cannot resist posting a picture of the lovely table-setting that Aunt Cella set. A delicious farm meal of Grandmother's favorite foods was set for this celebration moment.