David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sentimental Sunday - Grandma at the Grocery Store

Today I was searching through my family history folders when I spied this photograph of my grandmother, Imogene Huffman Shoemaker.   She is pictured standing in the produce department of the little grocery store in Sabina, Ohio where she worked.   She was only 43 years old when my grandfather passed away suddenly of a heart attack and was overnight a single mother without an income.   I remember being told that her parents wanted her to move in with them so they could take care of her and my aunt, who at that time was just a little girl.  My father was just out of high school and soon would be married and entering the service.  My grandma was determined that she would take care of herself so she declined my great grandparents offer of a home and she got herself a job working in the grocery store.  By the time I was born, she had been employed there for many years and  I can well remember driving to Sabina on a couple of occasions when she would still be at work and we would stop in and surprise her.  At Easter, she would sometimes bring me decorations that had been hanging up in the store and she never failed to bring my brothers and me a chocolate bunny or fruit cream eggs as a special surprise.   So, today, I am feeling a little sentimental about this photograph and the memory makes me so proud of all my grandparents and very grateful for the legacy of integrity and determination they gave me.

7 comments:

  1. Awesome story Lori, sadly this hardly ever happens today...so many in these circumstances today end up in the (welfare)system.

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  2. Your grandmother was a strong woman. Great blog post!

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  3. Thank you Mary and Dorene. She was a very stubborn lady! I wrote her a letter telling her how proud I was of her for what she had done and how much courage it took for her to make that decision. I'm so glad that I told her.

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  4. I can't imagine being that young and suddenly having to change my entire life as I knew it. She sounds like a strong lady Lori!

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  5. Loved your post - she sounds like a woman with a lot of self-respect and a wonderful example for her family.

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  6. What a wonderful memory. Luckily you have a photo of it. Reminds me of something I have posted about before.
    We need to still print our photos in this age of computers because they can disappear in an instant.

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