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Six Generations Of Women Captured In One Sweet Family Photo
Recently, a beautiful family portrait was taken, including six generations of women.
Gracie Howell, 58, said her grandma, Mae Dell (Taylor) Hawkins, was 98 years old and has held many infants in her lifetime.
MaeDell, who now has a great-great-great-granddaughter named Zhavia, was pictured last month doting over the newborn.
Gracie thought the photo was fantastic since it included all the women in the family, from the newborn to her great-great-great-grandmother.
Mae Dell is carrying Gracie’s granddaughter Zhavia, and also in the photo are Gracie’s mother Francis, her daughter Jacqueline, and Jaisline (the baby’s mother).
The unwavering power of mom is well captured in this image. It’s amazing to see how the women of the family have continued to pass on their love, knowledge, and experiences from one generation to the next.
These pictures show us the value of love and family, two things that make life worth living.
Gracie is looking forward to celebrating her grandma’s 99th birthday in July by sharing fond memories of her. Mae Dell is a child care expert who, despite her advanced years, is sharp and quick with suggestions.
MaeDell, who now resides in a nursing home, skilfully pulled Zhavia’s infant from her mother’s grasp and tickled the baby’s little feet when the latter became restless during a recent visit.
Gracie will always remember her grandmother’s loving embrace and the tender moments they had.
Gracie was taken aback by the response she received after sending a picture of her grandmother, MaeDell, and her great-granddaughter, Zhavia, to a local meteorologist with a brief biography of her grandma.
Nonetheless, the very positive reception left her ecstatic.
This response has opened the door for Mae Dell to gain the fame that she so richly deserves.
The story of Mae Dell and her inspiring outlook serves as a reminder that one’s chronological age is not indicative of their value.
MaeDell is a celebration of a long and fulfilling life, and of the happiness and insight she brings to those around her.
Despite the hardships she faced, Gracie says her grandma never griped. MaeDell wed her first husband, a man in his fifties, when she was only 16 years old.
His job as a train worker kept him away from home for the better part of the week. Together, they had 13 kids and helped raise his 10 from a previous marriage, too.
The lack of a washing machine, dishwasher, and constant supply of running water made life tough for MaeDell. Gracie’s grandmother went without plumbing in her adolescent years.
Despite the hardships, according to Mae Dell’s daughter, the family only went without inadequate meals, supper, or clean clothes.
Despite all she had going on, MaeDell went about her day without uttering a single complaint.
Through her perseverance and strength, she shows others that happiness is achievable even in the face of great adversity.
Over the years, MaeDell’s family expanded. We have a big, wonderful family,” she says with pride. Mae Dell has lived a full life despite having outlived her husbands and most of her stepchildren.
When speaking of her, Gracie can only say, “I adore her.” Mae Dell’s life journey has been rich and fulfilling, full of cherished memories and meaningful experiences.
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