May 1, 2022

May Day. May 1. I always think of my maternal grandmother on this date May 1. My maternal grandmother was born on May 1, 1874. And on that spring morning she was named May Belle. May Belle Willis, 1872-1940. She lived a full life – born in Boston, attended. Wellesley College, married an MIT graduate, moved to Minnesota, gave birth to 4 daughters, moved to Omaha, sadly buried one of the twin daughters, moved back to the Boston area, wrote and taught music, an active member of the Baptist church and the Winchester Community, raised the 3 daughters who in turn married and had children so May Belle was grandmother to 3 grandchildren before she passed away in 1940 at age 68.

Sadly I did not get to know my maternal grandmother as I was only 3 I/2 years old when she passed away.

My maternal grandmother’s home in Winchester Massachusetts. This house is still there.
From left to right, My great-aunt, me (Janet), my cousin Betsy, and our grandmother in the late 1930’s

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