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. She was born on 26 March 1906.

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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.

1959 Cathy with Grandma

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

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.

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.

1977 Myrtle with granddaughter Cathy

Her education lasted 91 years 4 months and 18 days. She died on 13 August 1997.

Myrtle Hazel Roop Dempsey Boles 1906-1997

Happy Birthday, Grandma!

© 2014, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.

Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

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