Ethel Grace Ryan (Wilcox, Gardner)
|Death:||Died in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan|
|Cause of death:||cancer|
|Managed by:||Private User|
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About Ethel Grace Ryan
My grandmother Ethel Ryan, lived with my Clendening family in Mt. Pleasant, due to a paralyzing stroke. During her last 6 years with us, she would often grieve that she was the last of her family left. She was the youngest of 11 children!
She loved to read and write....letters, poetry.... I believe that helped keep her spirit alive! I think she wore out the library's copies of "Little House on the Prarie" series. She self-'published' a book of her poetry. She loved getting mail. Even in her dementia, she would still write to people... Mom took it upon herself to do some editing then. She loved playing dominoes-- every night-- often with my father. That helped keep her mind sharper too. Her usual set was double 12's... she was quick at adding it all up. Drank her coffee with milk, and liked her toast a bit burned. Breakfast usually involved Bran Buds. LOVED fried chicken... so did I... although I think my mother tired of fixing and eating it more than a couple times a week. I still have her long-handled bamboo back-scratcher, that also served as her reacher for things out of range.
Ruth, her older daughter, and her husband Dave, were frequent visitors, up from Williamston. Ruth had also married a widower with children (3 sons)!
I believe at one time, she and Robert owned some sort of jewelry shop, that also sold hand-crank record players. Our family has one of those models, a 1924 Edison.
The next morning after a Halloween party in 1925, Ethel went to get up their daughter Flossie. She said she couldn't get out of bed. Sure enough, she couldn't stand up when Ethel got her out of bed. She had come down with polio, like so many children did. They nearly lost her. Her illness and long recovery meant Flossie started school a year late, at 6. [Her left leg & foot were always a little smaller/ shorter after that. In her later years, post-polio syndrome took its toll; but probably so did raising her 5 children!].