Mom loved her work, she always said it was her salvation. When she was twelve, she lost her Dad in a train/car accident along with her oldest brother. She was allowed to go to school until she was 15 years old and then she was taken out to work in the shoe factory to help support her family. She had wanted to be a teacher. To some extent this was fulfilled in that she taught young people the skill of stitching on shoes that is now a lost art. Except for a few short years when she worked at another shoe company, she always worked for Dunn & McCarthy Enna Jettick's Shoe company and retired from there.
Mama walked to work every day although it was a good distance from her home. She supported us when we were little as our Dad was an amputee and was not able to work most of his life. But they did meet in the shoe factory where my Dad also went to work as a very young man to help out his family.
My Mom was very highly thought of and respected for her excellent decorative stitches that she sewed on leather and suede. Mom was very crafty and she was always making clothes, toys, etc for us when we were little in addition to her working. She has taught me all my crafting skills of knitting, crochet, sewing, doll making, ad infinitum! She was patient and kind and always smiling. She also did oil paintings and later in life became a China painter doing exquisite work. I have several small pieces that she painted and treasure them.
My Mom went to live with the Lord in 2000 at the age of 90 years. I pictured her in heaven crocheting Angel wings.... Mom loved cats and my niece Jill said she dreamed Grandma was in heaven, and that she had a kitten. I loved thinking of this. And also that God had given her an assignment of watching over her boy baby at the time. So like Mama! Just a very short time later, I found a Demdaco figure of an Angel holding a cat and I sent it to Jill. I like to think this all came from the Lord.....
I have written my autobiography for my children containing the struggles my Mom endured while raising us and dealing with my father's handicap and drinking problem. She was an absolutely amazing woman and we all loved and miss her dearly.
|DUNN & MCCARTHY SHOE FACTORY|
Auburn, New York
Vintage Post Card
Thank you for letting me share my little Mama with you. She was under five feet tall but a giant of a lady to me!
|DAD AND MOM 1950'S|
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