(Chris and I with the twins in 2010 - Shasta Lake, CA. My grandmother is on the left.)
My grandmother was born on February 22, 1922. Her mother died during childbirth and she and Dorothy were raised by their aunt and uncle. They have lived in California around the Los Angeles area for their entire lives.
(My grandmother is on the right.)
My grandmother, her twin, and their friends were in their early 20's during World War II and loved to share their stories about their USO days. They went to dances, exchanged letters with numerous soldiers overseas, and generally helped the war effort by keeping the soldiers happy. When Chris and I were talking with them about their war days a couple years ago, my grandmother insisted that everything was above board, and they never got "into that hanky-panky"! What amazing memories these two shared :)
(There are TONS of pictures of them in their 20s with soldiers on the beach!)
Eleanor met my grandfather Frank (who I unfortunately never got the chance to meet) after the war. They got married on Valentine's Day in 1953 and had five kids, including my mom. She raised an amazing family that loves to be around each other and celebrates holidays together to this day.
(My grandma with her two oldest children and two nephews)
She was truly an amazing woman who lived a long and full life. She prioritized her family and service to God and her church throughout her life and I think it's safe to say that she is now at peace and in great hands :)
I love you, Grandma Eleanor!