May 24 was the 100th birthday of my precious grandma Jody! After a week of celebrating with family and friends, she’s about over it, but I am still thrilled that she made it to this milestone. Everyone always asks about her, so I thought I’d share some pictures here and also a little bit about her long life.
Grandma’s yearbook. She’s the middle left and in the group photo, third row down, second from right.
During those kid years my grandmother was a Boy Scout leader, or den mother and later a Girl Scout leader for many years. She also was a very involved mother and sympathetic to multitudes of hamsters, cats and tropical fish, among all the other parenting things. She has many funny stories of raising her kids, but always ran a tight ship as my grandfather liked a tidy home.
Grandma totally lived unassisted until two years ago when she had a fall and needed a plate put in her upper leg. She now is in assisted living and uses a walker, but is trying to stop using it!! She drove until age 95. I took her for her license renewal at age 92 and they gave her a five year extension! She vowed to stop driving for her safety at 95, but it did set her back a bit as she didn’t get around as much as she liked. She has always been a great walker all her life and did a lot of walkathons as long as she could.
Here’s a few more of my favorite photos from her long life!
A great photo of the fruit packers or fruit tramps as they were called, taking a break for tea or coffee. Grandma is the young one in front of her tall father Cody and mother Edith ,who reminds me so much of her sister Nora in later years, here on the right.
No idea where this was taken, but it may have been in Mount Ayr, Iowa where my grandfather grew up on a farm that my great-grandparents still lived on until the 1970s.
On a cool car on a road trip. Looks like a roadside picnic with a sandwich in her hand.
This is grandma and husband Ray right, with his brother Rex and his wife.
With her mother. Love this one. Her mom was quite stylish too. Love her black gloves, sash and pin.
I love that she still loved turquoise colors back then. She also had a collection of Esther Williams style flowered swim caps which I adored as a kid. I wish those were still around.
I also found this Dynasty pattern outfit from the 80s she was making for herself.. More of that blue. I don’t think this ever got finished, but she was an amazing seamstress and could even make suits and coats! She made so many of my dresses and clothes as a child and my mother and I had many matching dresses in the 1970s. She has tried to teach me to sew, but I am hopeless.
With my boys when she was still cooking. This is her famous bunny cake I grew up with each Easter. She still made it for all the grandkids as long as she could.
With her friend Fern and below some of her church group. The pastor’s wife Maria handmade the pretty sash for her that read ‘I’m 100.’ So sweet of her.
Last weekend at my home celebrating her birthday with my dad, my aunt and uncles and my brother’s family. We were minus 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren and my husband Max who took the picture, for the complete family.