I have to say, when I think of my mother's parents, Frank Edward (1930-2004) and Evie Lois Rittenberry (1931-1997) Maddle, so many memories pop up. My grandparents had 13 children - 8 boys and 5 girls. My grandparents had a hard life growing up. I am lucky enough to have about 5 pages wrote by my granny detailing some of her early life. In having this I know so much about my grandmother growing up that she never had the chance to tell me and I have so much respect for her and my grandfather. Did they have a lot when it came to possessions, probably not but I can garauntee you that they were very rich in deed in love for each other and for their children. My Papa Frank served in the Army and had numerous jobs one of which was a coal miner. A lot of times they traveled back and forth between OH and TN for work. He done what he could to provide for the family.
My grandmother lost her father John Monroe Rittenberry in 1936. She was 5 years old. He passed away from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. My great grandmother later remarried but I couldn't imagine losing my daddy at that age. They also had a sister that passed away at the age of 2.
Both my grandparents suffered losses and grief and hardships. But through it all, they had each other and they had their children and family. I am very proud that I am the grand daughter of such wonderful and loving grandparents and I miss them each day.