Steve's grandmother, Genevieve "Maw" Louise Woodard Burchett, turned a young 100 years old this past Friday- August 19, 2011. She is a lively, humorous, and inspirational woman. Her life spans time periods we can't even begin to fully comprehend. In her lifetime she has persevered through 2 world wars, the great depression, and unprecedented advances in technology. Just think about what life was like in 1911, no telephone, TV, internet, the first Ford model T cars were just hitting the roadways, and in just a few years the first world war would forever change our country. I am so proud and thankful to know her and be a part of her family.
A glimpse into the past 100 years of her beautiful life.
Maw with a pretty hair bow in 1915 at the age of 4. She is posing with her brothers William Waldorf Woodard and James Arthur Woodard.
Maw is the eldest daughter of James Calvin Woodard and Lula Maud Richardson. They had 9 children, here she is pictured with her 4 younger sisters. She is to the left of her mother.
Maw pictured left as a young woman. To the right she is with her husband Estill and 4 children Sue, Janice, Linda, and Rob (my father-in-law).
Maw on her 100th birthday surrounded by her 4 loving children. From these children she is now the grandmother and great grandmother to so many! We gathered the whole gang together to celebrate this momentous occasion.
Maw with her son Rob, daughter-in-law Carol, and the families of 3 of her grandsons Joe, John, and Steve.
What a happy day.
With all of my grandparents deceased, I am so lucky to have such a wonderful grandmother to celebrate.
Happy Birthday Maw! We love you.
Want to hear what it's like to live a century?
A few months ago I stumbled upon the New York Times "Secrets of the Centenarians", a very interesting and at times sad series of interviews and pictures of individuals who have lived to be 100 years old. I bet we could all learn a few lessons from their experiences and thoughts.
From Phil Damsky's interview, "Enjoy every minute that you're living."
Do you have a family member or know someone who has lived to be 100? I'd love to hear your story!