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    Edea Pitre Baldwin's Memories of Her Grandmother, Olive Marceaux Sonnier

    From answers she wrote in a memory book, 1997

    My earliest memories of her: "Always ironing or sewing; standing at the red stove over steaming gumbo pots"

    What she looked like when I was young: "plump, warm; twinkling eyes; always wore a cotton housedress with her dark hair tied or held back"

    What her personality was like: "preferred to be alone, always busy, wistful, hopeful"

    What made her special to me: "She was my best friend; she seemed like a kid trapped in a grownup body."

    Her Favorite...
    Color: "Blue"
    Scent: "Toujour Moi"
    Season: "Spring"
    Flower: "Rose"
    Place: "Abbeville"
    Person: "Jeanne Dixon"
    Book: "A Gift of Prophecy"
    Writer: "Stephen King"
    Music: "Church music (Latin chant), Michael Jackson"

    Her best story about growing up: "One day she came home from school and her family had moved!"

    How she met her husband: "I think they met at a country dance."

    What attracted her to him: "I think she wanted to get out from under her home life."

    Her finest qualities: "adventurous, optimistic"

    Her happiest moment: "when she cooked huge holiday dinners"

    The most surprising thing she ever did: "flirt openly with young men - she said this was the special privilege of older women!"

    My most vivid recollection of her kitchen: "smell of a roux being prepared - the red porcelain enamel stove always full of steaming pots"

    Her best recipe: "lobster dressing - made with fresh turkey stock, rice, and canned lobster"

    How I would describe her special place: "a rocking chair in front of the TV, with sewing and a book nearby"

    What I want people to understand about her: "She lived halfway between the earth and heaven - didn't quite fit either."

    DateMay 1997
    PlaceQuitman, Clarke, Mississippi, USA
    Linked toMarie Olive Marceaux; E.A. Pitre

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