God bless my Grandma Natalie. She was all grit and tenderness, toughness and warmth, a true embodiment of the Greatest Generation. She lived 98 years, mostly on a small private farm where you work yourself to the bone, suffer cruel hardships, and yet have faith and love and family in your heart to sustain you through anything.
Grandma was tenacious about education, believing if you were well educated and a decent person there was always a place for you in life. Her kids definitely proved her right. I loved seeing all of them today at the services.
And I love this picture from approx 1944. It always kind of annoys me when obituaries show pictures of people exclusively from their sometimes weaker, more frail, elderly years. Look at this proud and powerful young woman, with her young son, my father. She was brilliant, radiant. I will miss her greatly. Thank you for loving us so. God bless, rest in peace, I love all of you.