Fearless Females: Happy Birthday Grandma!!

This is my entry for Day 26:  Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month

March 26 — What education did your mother receive? Your grandmothers? Great-grandmothers? Note any advanced degrees or special achievements.

My grandmother Myrtle Hazel Dempsey, née Roop, would have turned 108 today.

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1919 Myrtle Hazel Roop

She had eight years of formal education according to the 1940 census. Her education did not end when she walked out of the schoolroom for the last time.

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1959 Myrtle with granddaughter Cathy

She continued learning by living and became a strong influence in the lives of her family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances.

Grandma's passport picture for her trip to Europe in 1971
1971 Myrtle Hazel Roop

She was one smart lady! The things she knew and could do weren’t taught in school. She learned skills and passed them on to her children and grandchildren.

Golden Wedding Anniversary - 20 January 1973
1973 Myrtle and husband Fred R. Dempsey

She was a wonderful cook and caregiver. She played the piano. She could sew, crochet, knit, and quilt. She taught bible class.

Cathy with her Grandma
1977 Myrtle with granddaughter Cathy

Her education lasted 91 years 4 months and 18 days.

Grandma
Myrtle Hazel Roop Dempsey Boles 1906-1997

Happy Birthday Grandma!

© 2014 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

As a military brat I've lived in Georgia, France, Idaho, West Virginia, Spain, South Carolina, Texas, and Luxembourg. Married 36 years with two grown children. When I’m not doing genealogy, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful countryside in Luxembourg and surrounding countries.

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