The women of March

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 my family history is chock full of amazing women who joined our family … or who left it behind … in March. We celebrate the birthdays, we grieve the losses, and we just enjoy the faces.

Here they are, once again, … 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 The women of March

  1. Kim Elizabeth says:

    Fantastic photos, and a wonderful way to remember all the women in our lives who worked so hard to make our lives better than those of the previous generation.

  2. Celia Lewis says:

    Lovely photos, Judy, and lovely sentiment as well. Thank so much for sharing them with us all. That cute little Addyson has great hearts behind her!

    • Judy G. Russell says:

      Thanks, Celia — and that cute little Addyson is a pistol who’s going to go far and do well carrying on the family traditions!

  3. Thank you for the chorus lyrics of Family Hands by Mary Chapin Carpenter. A perfect tribute to the women in our families.

    I started genealogy several years ago and am a long time quilter so these words reach me in many ways.

    Looking further, I found a sound video on you tube that is the complete song as well as the complete lyrics.


  4. Amy says:

    I love this idea of linking all the photographs! Wonderful faces.

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