Tuesday, March 3, 2009

MomMom Thomas

Deb's paternal grandmother was Olive Helen (Parent) Thomas - she loved to laugh and joke around.  She looks pretty serious in this photo but she wasn't always anywhere near this serious.

This photo was taken in the livingroom at 102 N. Monroe Ave.  She is wrapped up in a comforter and sitting in the "library" chair that was in the corner of the room to the right of the front door.  The photo must have been taken late in the day because the sun is coming in through the sun room windows and the French doors (which were usually open) and lighting the right side of her her face.

MomMom was a stickler for having things clean.  Years ago she made the mistake of buying a red wool rug for her livingroom.  She was always vacuuming and cleaning that rug because both light colored and dark colored soil showed up on it.  We hardly ever spent any time in her livingroom for fear of getting it dirty - but you had to pass through the livingroom to get to her sun room with the fireplace.  

The rug was made too well to wear out and soil never stopped landing on it.  If I ever see a livingroom photo from her house that shows the rug I will add it.

She was born June 8, 1910 in Millville, NJ and died just after Christmas in 1985.  She had been in a nursing home for quite a while before passing away.  Her husband Ernie went to visit her every day.  For all the time that I knew her she lived at 50 N. Fernwood Ave in Pitman, NJ.  It was big white house with a large side yard.  The house was so big that they made an apartment and rented the upstairs out.

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