On September 12, 1911 the world became even more beautiful when Martha was born. Martha’s 95 years of living included a devotion to her 11 children, 29 children, 32 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild, also welcoming her children’s and grandchildren’s spouses into her family.
My mother-in-law wrote her mother’s memoir, I Remember, told in Martha’s words, detailing people, places, and significant dates. Martha’s story is one of sacrifice, tragedy, joy, a love for God, and perseverance.
Martha herded cattle at the age of seven in North Dakota, and even though she needed to quit school when she was 11 years old to help her family’s farm and household chores, she was extremely intelligent. When she became a mother, she worked every day to provide for her family and at one point she planted a garden on railroad land. For several years, her family lived in a home with no indoor plumbing. Martha’s family dined on home-made noodles, bread, and peanut butter cookies. She shared her chickens’ fresh eggs. She was an artist of embroidery, creating exquisite blankets, table runners, and dish towels. Beauty was also found in all of the quilts she made. One of her hobbies was reading. There was never a birthday that she missed. Dozens of framed wedding, baby, school, and graduation photographs filled her shelves. Martha gave the best hugs. She smelled good and was absolutely beautiful.
There is so much more to her story…
When she left us, she left us love! When I think of her, I feel loved. I can’t help but smile. Her children are such an extension of her, spreading goodness and certainly sharing their love with others. Just like she did!
We each have a Martha in our life. Find your Martha. Remember her. Tell her how much you love her. Learn from her.
Thank you, Grandma. I’m so blessed to be married to your incredible grandson and proud to be the mother of your sweet great-granddaughter.
Thank you, dear, Mom, for compiling Grandma’s memories into written words, making certain that her amazing life will be remembered.
Martha was also enjoyed reading Grit magazine.