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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Meet the Original Dorothy

You know that we had our beloved Dorothy, the goldfish in the Molly Lou house. He was so cute swimming around his tank, but I would like to introduce you to the original Dorothy.

Dorothy was born in 1924 on a small farm in Illinois. Her mother died when she was just six months old from typhoid fever and she was raised by her father on this farm where she lived until she was a young woman and moved to the "big city."

Dorothy's grandparents really helped raise her as did two aunts and an uncle. Talk about supportive extended family. Her stepmother, whom her father married when she was 12 was a wonderful and loving woman.

Dorothy has a brother and a sister, 16 and 19 years younger than she. She loved them so much and had such a close relationship with them.

Dorothy had the same best friend from the time she was 8 years old and did everything with this woman including living across the street from each other in small condos after they sold their homes later in life. They would gossip about neighbors from Dorothy's kitchen table over coffee and breakfast in the mornings.

Dorothy's first job was in the OPA rations office during World War II.

Dorothy and her best friend lived in John Deere's home before they married and lived a glamorous life and one that was very different from the life on the farm.

Dorothy was the mother to two beautiful children, a boy and a girl. Her husband died in 1965 unexpectedly and she raised two children alone. She was so strong and did such a wonderful job.

Dorothy was a teacher and eventually retired from John Deere Co. corporate office as a legal secretary in 1982.

Dorothy was a traveler and has been all over this world and has stories from each place.

Dorothy was a fast driver and even in to her 80's was she a "speed demon" on the road.

Dorothy was funny, sensitive, honest, loving, and so fun to be with. One never quite knew what she would say or do when you were in her company.

Dorothy was my dear, sweet grandmother who passed away last night at the age of 85. She waited for her entire family to arrive and died just minutes after my sister and her sister arrived. I love this woman so much and know that the world has lost a very special woman. I am so fortunate and blessed that my children were able to be with this woman, even for such a short time.

For years, she yearned to see her mother who she never got to know and to be reunited with her husband, my grandfather. Recently, she would have vivid dreams of things she would do with my grandfather and I so hope she is loving being reunited with these people.


  1. Oh, B. I'm so sorry about the loss of your grandmother. I lost my grammy about a year and a half ago, and I think about her each and every day. This is such a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing her life with us! *hug*

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother!

  3. ((hugs)) I am sorry to hear about your loss.

  4. I am very sorry to hear about your grandmother as well. It is sort of odd that I just posted something about my grandfather on my blog and then came over and read this right afterwards. I am thinking about you.

  5. Sending good thoughts your way.

  6. Your grandmother sounds like she was an amazing woman. I'm sorry to hear that she had died, but it helps to think that she's reunited with her husband and mother, now. I'll be thinking of you and your family!

  7. What a great story about her life. It's sweet that she stayed long enough to wait for her whole family to be by her side.

  8. So sorry to hear about your Grandmother and she sounds like an amazing woman. I hope you take comfort in knowing that she is finally with her mother and her husband.

    Big hugs to you,

  9. What an amazing person to have had in your life! I am so sorry for your loss, but I am sure she is in a better place watching over your sweet little family!

  10. What a sweet tribute to your grandmother! I am so sorry to hear about her passing away but I am sure she is having a wonderful reunion as we speak! God bless you and God bless your wonderful grandmother! I'll be praying for you!

  11. You are your family are in my prayers. It sounds like your grandmother led a full and wonderful life and my thoughts are with you as you mourn the loss and celebrate her life.

  12. I am so sorry to hear of you and your family's loss. I hope that you all are well and have much support in one another as you go through this. My thoughts are with you!

  13. Name Twin, my heart is with you and your family. Our prayers are with you. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how hard losing a strong woman in your life can be. I felt this same way about my grandmother. Let us know how we can help out here in the blogosphere.

  14. Oh I am so sorry. Your grandmother sounds like an incredible woman. I am sure she will be missed. I will be praying for you this week.


  15. Oh I'm so sorry! She sounds like an amazing woman! Praying for you and your family! Hugs!

  16. I am just now catching up on my blog reading. I am so sorry about your loss. I know how tight a grandparent-grandchild bond can be. You and my family are in my prayers.


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