Norman Rockwell couldn't have painted a picture more beautiful and endearing than the one my Grandma painted with her life. I loved her best for her homespun wisdom, gleaned largely from a strong, lifelong bond with Mother Earth--a bond whose roots trace to her very earliest years, growing up on a south Alabama family farm.
As a young woman, filled with self-discipline and determination, Grandma distinguished herself as an extremely gifted entrepreneur, whose successes included work in antiques and real estate, among other areas.
She will also be fondly remembered for her deep love of family, which was frequently expressed through her masterful cooking. Every visit to Grandma's house began with her cheerful query, "Are you hungry, Shuggy? What can I fix for you?"
The mere length of her life--98 years--demonstrates what "good, clean living" will do. While her name may not be recorded on a national monument, and there may not be any best-selling books written about her, her legacy is secure. It is written with love on the hearts of everyone who really knew her. Rest in peace, Grandma. We miss you already.