THE FAMILY ALBUM: Mary Belle Jones Clary

Forty-nine years ago today, my great-grandmother, Mary Belle Jones Clary, passed away.

I remember clearly coming through the front door with Mother.  The phone was ringing and Mother hurried to answer it.  She was carrying her “fall” – hairpiece – in a large round case.

The case dropped to the floor. Mother’s head dropped to her chest.

I stood, cemented at the front door, hanging on to the black wrought iron rail. I wasn’t sure, but I knew something dreadful had happened to “Grandma CooCoo.”

The details of the funeral and cemetery are still clearly etched in my memory, even though I was not quite three and one half years old.

This was a dear woman we laid to rest 49 years ago, and I still wish I could have been afforded more time with her.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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