WW: In Memory

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Several years ago, I borrowed the Kennedy family photo album so that I could scan select pictures. I am happy more than ever that I did this. My only regret is I wish I had scanned every last photo.

On June 23rd, we laid my sweet mother-in-law to rest as she requested on their property; in one of my favorite spots below Grandpa Kennedy’s barn beneath a large mulberry tree. When I married into the family I inherited more than an in-law, but another mother. Today, I pay honor to her…

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Pictured on the far left is my MIL, Dorothy. She’s in her early teens, I think. DD#1 is a near carbon copy of her mamaw at the same age.

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Dorothy’s graduation. This may not seem like a big deal to most, but Dorothy was the first woman to finish high school from the tiny backwoods holler known as State Line Ridge #2. Her parents lived at the end of that ridge. To go to school, she had to walk out (I’m talking miles) or to ride in the back of her uncle’s pickup truck to the main road to catch the school bus. She went on to become an assistant teacher, but did the work of a school teacher.

 

The day my in-laws got married in April 1947. In these old photos, I always thought of Dorothy of as Starlet. She definitely is as pretty, if not prettier than any big screen actresses from her era. However, she just wasn't beautiful on the outside; she was as beautiful on the inside.

The day my in-laws got married in April 1947. In these old photos, I always thought of Dorothy as a Starlet. She definitely is as pretty, if not prettier than any big screen actresses from her era. However, she just wasn’t beautiful on the outside; she was also beautiful on the inside.

I am not sure of the year, but this was a Christmas from the late 70s. DH & I were probably dating at the time.

I am not sure of the year, but this was a Christmas from the late 70s. DH & I were probably dating at the time.

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Photographed taken in the mid to late 70s. One of Dorothy’s hobbies, if you can call it that, was sewing. In this photo, she is wearing an outfit she made. Here she is to the left with her mother. They look a lot alike, don’t you think?

Photo taken in the late 1990s. This is perhaps the way I like to think of Dorothy the most; still able to do the things she enjoyed ~ sewing, making quilts, cooking, gardening, and housework. She was an amazing woman!

Photo taken in the late 1990s. This is perhaps the way I like to think of Dorothy the most; still able to do the things she enjoyed ~ sewing, making quilts, cooking, gardening, and housework. She was an amazing woman!

 

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21 thoughts on “WW: In Memory

    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      I think she would wonder what all the fuss is about over her. For the last 2-3 years of her life, as she grew more feeble she always said, “I ain’t worth a nickle.” She was worth far more than that to us and didn’t understand her the value of her worth in our eyes. All she could see was her inability to do what she once did for herself. She did so much for her family that helping her in her last days was a true honor. I miss her a lot, but I know she’s busy in heaven doing the things she loves ~ cooking, cleaning, sewing, and chasing little cherubs.

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  1. XmasDolly

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful lady’s picture! She is gorgeous & what a perfect couple they made! Rest in peace pretty lady! Hugs to you & your family my dear friend!

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    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      Marie, thanks! My in-laws are wonderful, wonderful people. I am so blessed to count myself as part of this family. Dorothy didn’t have much growing up and worked hard all of her life to build (physically) a home, make clothes for the family, piece together quilts, prepared homemade meals, gardening, canning, and on & on. She was truly amazing up to the last three years of her life, and it was such a blessing to step in to carry things a bit for her when she slowed down. I bet cherubs are finding they can’t keep up with her heaven because that’s precisely how we felt when we were in our 20s. lol

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  2. Rachel Schieffelbein

    I’m so sorry for your loss. And I agree, she was as pretty as a film star. 🙂 How wonderful to have a mother-in-law you got to be so close to.

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  3. ascendingbutterfly

    OMG! In the second photo she looks so similar to a picture I have of my Grand-Mother that I literally did a double take look!

    I am sure she would be touched by your post.

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    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      Tracy, Really? I would like to see your grandmother’s picture. I think the woman from this era were distinctively beautiful…naturally glamorous looking. Maybe, I’m just a romantic or feeling a bit nostalgic, but I think most people would agree. What do you think?

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