This is my father's mother.
Her name was Radie Mae.
She was very German.
She passed away when my dad was 17 years old.
I have never known what to call her - Grandmother, Granny, Dad's Mom, etc.
My grandmother was a pretty special woman. She was almost finished raising 4 children when my dad was born. She was in her early 40's - which was very rare in the 1950s. She was also fighting breast cancer at that time. The youngest of the four children was 15 when my dad was born. The oldest grandchild (daughter of the oldest child) was born 3 years after my dad. Today, the oldest grandchild is 51 years old and the youngest grandchild is 22 years old (my brother). I am the second youngest.
Like I said, my grandmother passed away when my dad was only seventeen. I could not imagine. She left behind her husband of 40 (or so) years, two daughters, three sons, two son-in-laws, two daughter-in-laws, and 10 grandchildren. I do wish I could have met her.
Radie Mae and James Kennedy
My dad with his parents.