Faces of family

The faces of family

Raised by the women who are stronger than you know
A patchwork quilt of memory only women could have sewn
The threads were stitched by family hands, protected from the moth
By your mother and her mother, the weavers of your cloth.

– Mary Chapin Carpenter, Family Hands

March is Women’s History Month. And for the women of my family it is a time for remembrances. There are so many family birthdays in March… and so many anniversaries of loss. And today I’m simply going to let the faces tell the stories of the women of my family, the weavers of our cloth.

My great grandmother Eula Baird Livingston Robertson
born AL 24 Oct 1869, died VA 13 Mar 1954

My grandmother Opal Eileen Robertson Cottrell
born TX 21 Aug 1898, died VA 15 Mar 1995

My mother Hazel Irene Cottrell Geissler
born TX 21 Mar 1926, died VA 23 Apr 1999

My sister Diana (R), born CO 13 March,
and me (L), born CO 19 Mar, some years ago

My great niece Addyson
born VA 14 March much more recently

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6 Responses to Faces of family

  1. Kay Haden says:

    Judy, Just lovely! And amazing that so many events happened in March.

    • Judy G. Russell says:

      Thanks, Kay! You’d think the births might be due to June brides but nooooo, not these. And the deaths… Sigh…

  2. Great post Judy. Looks like this is also your mtDNA line! I posted something similar showing my mtDNA and Y-DNA lines using as many photos as I had, at (Visualizing Your Genetic Genealogy. Your mtDNA line goes back further than mine, and there’s some nice longevity genes there too!

    • Judy G. Russell says:

      Thanks, Blaine! I can trace my maternal line back two more generations for sure and then have a problem between a first wife and a second. Still working on that one!

  3. You’re mother looks like a movie star in that photo! Great set of photos to honor your family!

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