|This is my favorite picture of my grandmother|
|My grandmother & her siblings|
My MomMom graduated from high school and went to school to become a teacher and a stenographer. She studied at the Pierre School of Business, Columbia University, and Elizabethtown College. She eventually moved to Washington, DC. She worked for the Patent Office and the Bureau of Prisons. In 1944, her older sister Anna's husband Joe passed away and in 1947 her older sister passed away as well. Anna & Joe had 2 children - Mary and Joe - and it was decided that they would have a much better life if they moved to DC to live with their Aunt Mary (my MomMom) than if they stayed in Coaldale. So my grandmother became the guardian for her sister's children.
At some point in the late 40s my grandmother met my grandfather. My grandfather had been married previously, but didn't marry in the Catholic Church. My grandmother was a very strict Catholic and wrote to the bishop to make sure they could get married in the Catholic Church. If he hadn't said yes, they wouldn't have gotten married and I wouldn't be here. Luckily, they got married in 1950. My Mom came along in 1952 and her sister a couple years later.