Edith is my grandmother. I did not spend a lot of time around her as we lived in different states. I do remember some of her visits when I was a child. She usually came by bus or train and stayed maybe a month or less. As there were 6 kids I guess much help was needed as the apron was quickly strapped on and she went to work. ha Grandma only had two children so I think she got overwhelmed pretty quick. She helped to teach different ones to read, played games with us and made the best potato soup.
Edith grew up on the homestead her father got during the Cherokee Strip land rush. All of her siblings attended college including herself. She took music courses. She was always the one that played the piano or organ at the church she attended. She always, as long a I can remember attended church. When she would visit, I would take her to a church in the neighborhood.
Around 1956 she and her husband became estranged and she lived alone in Siloam Springs, AK and never entertained the notion of another man. However, Grandpa did take up with another woman until his death and it was never prove that he ever divorced grandma.
To support herself she gave piano lessons, sewed, quilted, laundry and took care of elderly at their homes. Her hand stitching in her quilting was so perfect and small I don't know how she could make such small stitches. She taught me how to crochet as she made doilies showed me how to quilt. She even gave me piano lessons when I stayed with her for a few months after I graduated from high school. I got through the 3rd book...haha She did all her reading, sewing, quilting and crocheting by day light. I remember her reading by the window and it was getting dark and she would not turn the lights on until it was DARK...She knew how to make a penny stretch. She would write down where every penny went. I have some of her note to that effect.
Around 1970 her son Jimmy moved her to Lyons, KS to live in an apartment for seniors. She loved living there and enjoyed the company of others. She didn't feel so isolated anymore. She enjoyed canning and putting up green beans and tomatoes. She canned the best tomatoes.
Grandma is buried next to her husband, she always considered herself Mrs. John P Mosshart. She never removed her ring.