Every Monday we get a free newspaper in the mail. It comes out of North Dakota and covers local happenings, Obituaries and advertising. I enjoy scanning the headlines. Every once in a while an Obituary catches my eye.
Around Thanksgiving I spotted an Obituary that has stuck with me for several reasons.
1. The gal was 100 years old and two months away from her 101st birthday.
A few happenings in 1912 include: China became an organized Republic. New Mexico and Arizona declared Statehood. Man made the first parachute jump from a flying airplane and Universal Pictures was created. The Titanic sailed and sunk. Stockholm, Sweden hosted the Olympic Games.
In 1912, Democratic nominee Woodrow Wilson won the election. He beat Progressive Party nominee Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft representing the Republican Party and Socialist Eugene V. Debs in the Presidential Election.
2. She was the 10th born in a family of 12 children. After graduating High School she was a nurse and met her husband in the hospital.
3. The couple was married in 1936 and celebrated their 73rd Wedding Anniversary in 2009. They raised six children and were blessed with 24 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren.
A few highlights from 1936 included: The IV Winter Olympic Games were played in Germany. The Phantom was the frist Superhero to wear a mask and skin-tight outfit appeared in the newspaper comics. Hoover Dam was competed. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was flooded on St. Patrick’s Day. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell was published. The first coverage of sports on live television began at the Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. The last public execution in the United States occurred at a hanging in Kentucky. Franklin D. Roosevelt was reelected President. Stress was first considered a medical condition.
4. This couple spent 42 years working side-by-side on the family farm! They retired to a small North Dakota community before entering the nursing home.
The obituary also noted her love for gardening and flowers. She was a woman of strong faith and a great example to her family and community.
I have to admit, reading about this Lady leaves me speechless. The first thing that comes to my mind is WOW! She worked the land with her husband for 42 years through agricultural and economic prosperity and poverty. They raised six children during times of war. She was active in the church community and lived a full life.
My Great-Grandma lived to be 103 years old and had a sharp mind to the end. Her life was an inspiration to our family, her stories shaped our lives and we were blessed to hear her first had account of what she experienced. I can’t help but think how blessed this Lady’s family was to have a similar experience.