Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Remembering Gammie

I've been away from the blog these past two Wednesdays because of the loss of my Gammie.  She was 93 years old and lived a long and "beautiful" life that created 32 souls.  She survived four children, 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. All she ever wanted was for us to be close, and as a testament to her legacy we took the weekend to celebrate her life together — just as she would have wanted. I was so blessed to have my Gammie as long as I did and for her to have fostered such a close and loving family.  

Personally, my Gammie was also the inspiration for my Ninth Ward oral history project.  The stories of her childhood in the Lower Nine captivated me and inspired me to record the community in full.

Her life was exemplary and she taught us to have a sense of humor, family first, to tell big stories, to be a loyal friend and to be strong and stick together. We will miss you Gammie, but never forget your wonderful life. 

My grandmothers had a sweet friendship and
I was so lucky for my family to have this closeness growing up. 

Gammie in Washington, DC in the '80s.

Gammie married her childhood sweetheart in 1942,
here they are at their 40th wedding anniversary. 

Gammie and her daughters, daughters in law and granddaughters. 

Gammie on the levee in the Lower Ninth Ward with my sister in the late '80s.

Gammie recovering a blanket from her Chalmette home after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Gammie's wedding day, 1942. Sadly, we lost most old family photos to Katrina.

Our last pictures with Gammie as a group, 2012.


  1. sorry for your loss dear :( may God bless her .. i was loving the pics you have shared ... especially she was looking great on her wedding .. May her soul rest in peace,,

    1. Thank you for your note. She did have a lovely life. And, I am glad I got to share a glimpse with others.


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