I love all my family, but my Grandma - Marion Isobel Marchant (nee Huff), born April 25, 1925 - held a very special place in my heart. She grew up outside of Edmonton (it's now the suburbs) and eventually met my Grandpa here while he was stationed in the Air Force and she was working for the American Army as they built the Alaskan highway. Now that I live in Edmonton and love the 40s, I feel a strong connection to her. She was so beautiful, both inside and out.
| Grandma as a secretary with the American Army |
building the Alaskan Highway during WWII.
|One of the last photos of them together, which I took a few weeks before Grandpa died.|
The pain is still very raw and sometimes I forget that she's gone, but I have a lot to remember her by. I wore one of her brooches to her funeral, which mom said I could keep.
Grandma also told me last winter that she wanted me to have the compact Grandpa gave them on their first Christmas together. I didn't realize I would get it so soon, but I will treasure it always. Mom also gave me one of Grandma's teapots (which was a wedding present in 1944), a tea cup, a vase, a sugar doily, Grandma's sewing things, one of her faux pearl necklaces, a jewellery roll and Grandpa's Legion cap. Auntie Val also gave me some of Grandma's sheets. I feel very lucky to have gotten so many things to remember them by!
|Tea cup, sugar bowl doily, tea strainer, tea pot from 1944, vase|
|Tea cup detail|
|Grandpa's Legion cap, faux pearl necklace, jewellery roll, compact|
|"Bill gave this compact to me for Christmas 1944 - Marion"|
|The note says "Sewing cabinet from Grandma Belle's home, 1935. Restored by Valerie." (my aunt)|
|How frickin' cute is that chocolate tin?|
|Buttons and safety pins!|
|More pins, a vintage needle gauge (YES!) pin cushions and thread.|
|More pin holders. The silver thing is a measuring tape.|
|This holds needles - how cute!|