Scanning the Obituaries

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.

Jan 8

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.

Jan 8

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.

Jan 8

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.

Jan 8

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.


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13 Responses to Scanning the Obituaries

  1. wow – that is amazing!

  2. Kim says:

    I love these photos! We just had Stafford’s oldest resident pass away at age 106. Isn’t it amazing to think about what these people would have experienced during their lives?

  3. Kim says:

    P.S. – My grandpa died at age 100, and his mind was sharper and his memory better than mine. He was a treasure!

    • Robyn says:

      Great-Grandma frequently repeated stories. Mom could recite them with her. Towards the end we would visit Grandma in the nursing home and she started telling stories that Mom had never heard before. We had to let her know who we were when we visited, but it didn’t take Grandma very long to put it all together. She was on top of her current events also.

  4. Buttons says:

    Wow that is incredible. I want to do that too. The strength it takes to live through all the ups and downs of raising a family and dealing with LIFE in this world which is ever changing is a feat in itself. I love that they stayed together for it all, together for ever thick and thin rich poor I could go on and on. This is such a beautiful post Robyn, you are lucky to have had your Grandmother around teaching you so long.
    Wow I am so happy after reading this post even though she has passed and I can only imagine her blessed family knew it was her time and she was well prepared and knew exactly where she was going.
    Beautiful photos Robyn. Hug B

    • Robyn says:

      Miss B,
      You are right; it takes a lot of strength and support to deal with the ups and downs of life in general. We never know what the day will hold for us or how the weather, markets, livestock, machinery, etc. will affect the way we do things.

      I had my Great-Grandma until I was a freshman in college. She was a very neat Lady and someone my Mom still misses dearly.

  5. Candy C. says:

    What a nice post! It is amazing to think of all that lady and your great-grandmother went through in their lives and all the changes they saw. Forty-two years working the land together…see what you have to look forward to! 😉
    Robyn, these photos are fantastic! That first one of the tractor should be on a card or in a calendar!!

    • Robyn says:

      I am very happy with how the first picture turned out! Thanks!

      It did cross my mind that 42 years working together is a good goal. Then I thought, in 42 years J will be in his mid 70’s. I don’t see him “punching cows” quite that long. So, we will shoot for 30ish years.

  6. Nancy says:

    Living that long is certainly unusual. What stories she must have told. Great post Robyn. 🙂

  7. Janis says:

    What a wintery wonderland photos…love them all! This woman’s story is very inspiring.

    • Robyn says:

      These are the pretty pictures of winter. Yesterday and today, not so pretty. This morning it is 2*, very very windy with a little snow in the air. Time to bundle up and take care of the livestock.

      I’m glad I found this gals story to share.

  8. Sally in WA says:

    That was one amazing and strong woman. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos, too.

    • Robyn says:

      Thanks for the comment, Sally. I can’t leave a comment on your blog, but want to share that it is amazing what one can find in small town America. There is history, art, inspiration and more in the least expected of places.

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