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In Loving Memory

By monashort
This is a previous post from over a year ago. I found out today that she has passed and I had to post and tell her story. Out of respect for her I will not give her name but she has an amazing story.

She was born in Brooklyn NY in 1925. She was one of twelve children. She had learning disabilities that went undiagnosed and they simply didn't know how to treat children like her at that time. So at two years old she was placed in an institution.

She grew up in institutions and then at around forty years old we had developed group homes were people who had to overcome these drawbacks could find some normalcy in their lives and still have the guidance they need. She worked in a little bookstore in the home and took great pride in her job and her independence.

Emotionally she was only a small child so when her aging body began to give her problems she did not understand why she was placed in a nursing home. But she never let that break her spirit. When I met her she was 75 years old. She loved her coloring books, the color pink, gospel music, and always had a smile on her face. She swept up the beauty shop to pay for her hair and nails every week.

The pictures I posted, the one on the left was after she had fallen and had to be in a wheelchair for the first time. The one on the right was a few months later, after the doctors said she would never walk again. She was 83 at that time and she made it just past her 85th birthday.

She remembered her family. Even though she lost contact with them at a very early age. She always wanted to get back to Brooklyn and we are in Texas. So now I know she is back with her family and she has that sweet wonderful smile on her face.

Thanks for stopping by,


Tags: Photo journalism General Portraits and people Inspiration loving compassionate

Voters: NevP, VIKI, brownsilent and 2 more

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NevP 14 853 13 Canada
11 Mar 2010 4:48AM
I am greatly saddened to hear of her passing. I remember you posting these shots before.

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brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 7:40AM
At least it seems that she was at peace with her life, and it is always sad to see people go...
Nice tribute,
gerrymac 12 10 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 6:08PM
Lovely tribute to an old lady......I remember seeing her in your p/f before now

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