Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Family Photographs - Post 9: Grandma Bess

I'm posting old family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they won't be wordless posts like others do - I simply cannot have a wordless post.

Here is one of the most precious (to me) images from my Seaver family collection:

This a picture of my grandmother, Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962) taken in about 1925. I believe that she is sitting at a piano or small organ. The setting may be the Seaver home at 290 Central Street in Leominster, Massachusetts, or at the St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Leominster. It may be in another place - I don't really know. Bess was the organist at St. Mark's for many years, and her daughters sang there also. Wasn't she beautiful in her early 40's? I think that this is my favorite picture of her.

I only met my grandmother once, in 1958 when she drove west with my Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Walter Wood and stayed with us for a week or two. I don't have any real memories of her from that visit because she stayed at her sister's home. My Massachusetts cousins all have fond memories of her, especially her interest in their lives and her musical talent.

This picture was in the collection of Geraldine (Seaver) Remley which I "inherited" when Aunt Gerry died last year.

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