Saturday, January 23, 2010

Ava Neoma Churchwell Bartlett


This beautiful little girl is my maternal grandmother. I never knew her, she died when I was four years old. My memories are wisps that won't quite focus. Because she died young of brain cancer, I was left to fashion from others' memories who she was as a person.
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This photo is of the Locker, Texas 1930's girls' volleyball team. Ava is second from the right of the photo.

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This photo is of my maternal grandparents, Willis and Ava in 1942.

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Not sure when this was taken, but Ava is on the left, my PawPaw in the middle (Willis) and the lady on the right is the wife of my PawPaw's best friend for many years, Minnie Reese.

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My mother and her Aunt Vida Till, Ava's older sister, taken in the summer of 2002. Vida, along with her oldest son, Aubrey, was killed in a head-collision on Easter Sunday the following spring near Goldswaithe. I did fortunately get to visit a couple of times with Aunt Vida before the accident. She and Ava favored each other a lot -could have been twins almost. As close as I could know what Ava might have looked like in her elder years.

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And this little cutie is my only granddaughter, Caitlyn, who often times reminds me of Baby Ava with those big baby blues:

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I am sure Ava would have loved meeting her.


la peregrina said...

Great photos and your granddaughter is a spiting image of her great-great grandmother. :)

Kay Dennison said...

I love photos like that and Caitlyn is a doll!!!!! Thanks!!!!

Cowtown Pattie said...

Thanks, ladies!

Anonymous said...

Pattie--There may be generations intervening; but, Caitlyn truly has Ava's looks!

BTW: You've been tearing up the boards with your poetry at Ronni's. Great!
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Ronni Bennett said...

This is a lovely story, Pattie. The photos through the years are wonderful. I especially like the ones in the '30s and '40s. They look so much like old photos in my family album.

millie garfield said...

Wonderful family photos - especially the ones of your beautiful blue eyed grand daughter.

And your dad, what a handsome man he was.