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February 22, 2012

On The Bright Side – 2/22/12 – Mary Howell

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:31 am

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell


Today’s date brings back special memories of my grandmother, Mary Etta Smith Thorp who was born on February 22, 1883.  She was born in the small community of Amity, Arkansas where she lived until she was 18 years of ago.  Her parents were farmers and they moved to the south plains of Texas to grow cotton.  Granny left her childhood sweetheart in Arkansas but he continued in her memory throughout her lifetime.  After moving to Texas, she married my grandfather, George Wyatt Thorp and they became the parents of six children.  Their oldest son, Johnny, died when he was 16 years of age. His health condition made medical history because his organs were all reversed.


Granny and Granddad continued to grow cotton until they moved from Klondyke to Lamesa where they spent their retirement.  They had three small apartments that they rented for $10. A week.


Since my parents and sisters and I lived 600 miles away, visits to our grandparents house were special.  I remember that I would jump out of the car and surprise Granny when we arrived. 


Granddad Thorp passed away just after I turned 4 years old but I remember him sitting in his big red velvet chair and seeing him smoking his pipe.


Granny made our visits to her house very special even though she lived on a meager income.  She cooked our favorite foods and always had ice cream for us. Granny taught me many things that prepared me for my present life.  She fell in her living room when she was 80 years old and was never able to take a step by herself after she fell. He left leg shattered before the fall. She also had another accident when she was swatting a mosquito while standing on the bed and broke her arm.


Although she could not walk, she lived a happy life and even took her first airplane ride from Houston to Kansas City when she was 85 years of age.  She was never afraid to fly.  She believed God would take care of her in the sky as well as on the ground.


Granny always had a song in her heart which she hummed or whistled.  I loved to sit beside her and listen to her hymns.  Granny was thankful for all of her caregivers and always expressed love  and appreciation to them.


February 22, 2012



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