Great Mema

Beuna Kinney Taylor – December 14, 1913 – December 5, 2011

Dear Elia,

Earlier this month, your Great Mema (Pop’s mom), passed away just 8 days shy of her 98th birthday. While it’s sad to lose someone, she sure did live such a long and happy life! There’s a very long history of family members living longer than the “average bear.” 🙂 For example, Aunt Henry, who was Pop’s great aunt, was born in 1901 and lived until 2003 – 102 years old! And Pop’s grandmother (Mema’s mom) lived to 101 years old. My, the changes they saw in their lives!

(Writing this post reminds me there are 2 other posts I need to write for you. Your Grandma, Mama’s mom, died when mama was just 21 and your Great Grandma Bentley died a few years before you came along. I want to make sure you know how special they were, so those posts will come soon.)

The 3 most important things to know about your Great Mema: 1) She loved to play bridge; 2) She loved to paint and earned a living doing so, as well as teaching others to paint; 3) She was an outdoors kind of gal.

Bridge is a card game played with 4 people where the person who sits across from you is your partner. It’s a complicated game and requires a sharp mind. Your Great Mema had a super sharp mind up until last December (2010) when she had a stroke. Before her stroke, she played bridge every day with her buddies. . .  and if truth be told, she won almost all of the time. She would never lose on purpose as she was super competitive. She planned her day around her bridge games and I believe that’s the main thing that kept her happy, alert and sharp through her 97th year!

Painting: Your Great Mema was quite the artist! While she went to school for teaching biology, (she actually graduated from college which was very uncommon from women at that time) after teaching for a while she realized her true love was painting. She opened a studio in downtown Villa Rica and taught half the city! 🙂 She also taught your Uncle Kinney, Uncle Brad, and Aunt Amy, and each have paintings hanging in your Pop’s house. She was a little too old by the time I came along, so Mama’s the only one that didn’t get art lessons.

Outdoors: Your Great Mema was happiest outside, and if she had her way, she’d be next to a lake with a fishing pole! She taught Mama and Uncles Kinney and Brad and Aunt Amy how to fish. She could tell you every type of tree, flower, plant, bird, fish, and animal in nature.  Nature scenes were also her favorite things to paint. Uncle Kinney, in particular, shared her passion for fishing and being outdoors and can’t wait to (try to) pass that along to you!

Your Great Mema was a special lady and a very – and strong woman. Maybe you will share some of her interests as you grow up. Your Pop has plenty of land for you to explore and learn all about nature. What fun it will be!

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About Alicia

A New Orleans girl living in Georgia and starting a family. This blog is and outlet for my thoughts and pondering while pregnant, figuring out how to raise a little one, defining our family as a 2 mother household, work/careers, and just anything else I have to get off my mind. You can also expect the ruminations of special guest blogger, Ashley.
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