Grandma Tracie is Far Guys Paternal Grandmother.
I have a very old photo of Grandma Tracie’s sisters. I am not sure what year it was taken…maybe the 1940’s.
Emma, Mattie, Tracie, Laura, Frances and Anna
Grandma had 9 sisters, not pictured are Louisa who died in 1903, Lydia who died in 1927, Matilda or Tillie who lived in California, and Minnie who lived in Washington.
Laura died in 1949 so the photo was taken before that.
The oldest was Matilda Louisa or “Tillie” born in 1880 and she died in 1962.
Martha Carolina Sophie “Mattie” born in 1882 and died in 1967.
Laura Marie born in 1886 and died in 1949.
Wilhemina Bertha “Minnie” born in 1888 and died in 1977. ( A Twin)
Anna Martha “Annie” born in 1893 and died in 1978.
Theresa Katherine “Tracie” born in 1895 and died April 26, 1983. (32 years ago today was her funeral.)
Emma Louisa born in 1897 and died in 1982.
Lydia Sophie born in 1899 died in 1927.
Louisa Dora “Lu Lu” born in 1901 and died in 1903.
Frances Henrietta born in 1903 and died in 1993.
The only sisters I really knew were Aunt Emma and Aunt Frances. I may have met Aunt Annie once. Poor Aunt Frances until now I didn’t realize after Gram died in 1983 it was another ten years that Aunt Frances was the soul survivor of this part of the family.
The brothers all died earlier.
Frederick Ernest “Albert” born 1883 and died in 1958.
“Charlie” Henry Frederick Carl born in 1884 and died in 1947.
Ferdinand Theodore born in 1888 and died in 1941. (A Twin)
Fredrick Louis born in 1890 and died in 1967.
Gram always talked about her sisters. I was surprised to learn that she had four brothers.
April 29, 1983 32 years ago was her funeral. It was a packed church and the cars stretched for miles in the procession from the church in Park Rapids to the cemetery in Osage. The congregation sang What a Friend We Have In Jesus that day…I always think of her when ever I hear that hymn. We must have had coffee at the church…I don’t remember, I don’t recall what the weather was like that day either.
You may notice that her name is spelled “Tracy” in the obituary. I think some people may have spelled it that way but I always go by how she signed her cards and letters and that was “Tracie”.
Gram was 87 years old when she died, she was living in her own apartment in Park Rapids. She had not been feeling well…she had a biopsy of her liver and they found out she had cancer. They must have disturbed the cancer because about a week later she died. One of her worst fears was going to the Nursing Home…she escaped because she died in the hospital. We saw her on Sunday afternoon in the hospital and she died early in the morning on Tuesday. She wasn’t afraid of death just the Nursing Home.