22 February 2010

She was born Pauline Melzina Kreitzer, Feb 22, 1912, in Miamisburg, Montgomery County, Ohio, the daughter of George Oscar Kreitzer & his wife, Flora May Boomershine, but I knew her as grandma.

She loved animals & sewing - known at church for her desserts & her meatloaf. She could sew anything including most of her clothes and many of ours. She lived next door to us while we were growing up - it was great having a grandmother next door. She taught me to sew, to love plants & flowers - and to cook. I have her sewing machine - and many of her recipes as well. My memories are of her working in her flowers, tending them as though they were her babies. She didn't mind letting a 9 year old learn to sew on her machine, she was always there to help fix it when I had no clue. Every Saturday afternoon she washed the family car while grandpa napped. Something to do with having a clean car to drive to church on Sunday morning.

On Nov. 11, 1933 she married Raymond W. Phillips in Union County, Indiana. They raised five children together: Phyllis, Richard, Carolyn, Herman & Gary.

Everytime I pull out my sewing machine or make one of her recipes I think of her. I don't know when the above photo was taken, I am going to guess probably in her high school years. Its one of my favorites of her.

Happy Birthday grandma!

Today is "Relatively Speaking - Cousins Who Blog" over at Anne's place. Stop on in for a read.

Happy Researching!

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