Today Grandma Effie would have been 110 years old.
Born Effie Branch in Wellington, Utah. Her father died when she was 5 years old, her mother was left to raise 10 children.
She married my grandfather Ralph when she was 18 years old. My dad was their second child, he was born in 1923.
This is their wedding picture.
My grandfather was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ( Lou Gehrig's disease) in about 1940. He was treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. The second known case of the disease in the country. He died in 1944 leaving Effie with 7 children, the youngest about 2 or 3 years old.
Ralph, Effie and their family in about 1943.
In 1950 she married Frank, a family friend who already had 3 grown children. He is the one I know as my grandpa. They lived on a cattle ranch in central Utah.
We called her our little grandma, "little" meaning that she was only about 5 foot tall. In the late 1970s she started acting funny. It got worse after Frank passed away in 1985. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease shortly after. She passed away in 1994 on Mother's Day.
I have interesting memories of grandma. I honor and remember her this day. Happy birthday grandma! I love you.