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GREAT Grandparents!

10 Sep
Murrel’s and Frank’s Reflections on the Way Their Grandparent’s Life Used to Be
Hawkins County, Tennessee
Amanda Emmaline Bruner Hall and David Franklin Hall
born September 21, 1877 and August 30, 1875
Parents of fourteen: Eckel, Beryl, Grady, Monnie, Kermit, Ethel, Lillia,
Danna, Paul, Ruth, Marie, Carl, Jaunita and Jonita
“Mandy”, “Mom”, “Big Ma-ma” out of affection for her greatness
Energetic, constant motion
Did what needed to be done
Magical cook, even a hand full of beans would turn into a tasty meal
All of the children loved her cooking
Murrel’s favorites were brown gravy, fried potatoes and creamed corn
Grady claimed his talent at a carpenter was a gift from his mother
She made her own rocking chair
She was also known to build a chicken coop
Mom would pound used nails to straighten them to reuse
She took pride and joy in raising chickens
One particular chicken to a special liking to he and followed her all over the yard
Her favorite hymn: “Amazing Grace”
Grandpa was a stone mason by trade
Inventor, liked to find easier ways to do things.
One invention cut corn stalks, another ginned cotton.
Left for California during the Depression (1930s) to earn money.
Came home and set out orchards and grape arbors.
Quilts were a necessity for the beds
The house was cold except around the cooking stove
There was never any indoor plumbing while they lived on the home place.
Cisterns collected water from the barn for animals and garden,
from the house for cooking and cleaning.
The home eventually had an organ and piano.
No electricity until 1947, twelve years after Grady’s family had electricity.
Never owned a car or truck, never drove.
Mules named Dave and Tom.
Mandy’s legacy was discovered in a cedar chest fifty years after her master piece was completed
A quilt…no a tapestry of the life and love of her family.

Made with love by Great Grandmother Hall

I look forward to sharing this treasure with my new-found third-cousin Amy.

Honoring Edna

2 Feb

Crown Hill Entrance

Earth angel, Edna Birkholz has been called to join the heavenly hosts of angels.  Mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, wife…she is steadfastly loved in all of her roles.

I got to know her during a time of deep concern over the probable loss of a second son to heart failure (after also losing her husband to heart failure).  Prayerful best describes those times.  Joyfully our concerns did not come to pass.

Edna had a special passion for ironing…everything, even T-shirts and jeans!  At 93 she sparkled at her grandson’s wedding and beamed at his Master’s degree graduation last year.  She lived independently up till the last weeks.

Deepest sympathy to Phillip, Pam, Claire and Jim

Deepest sympathy to Phillip, Pam, Claire and Jim

Your lives honor the love and devotion of Edna Birkholz.