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The experience of sharing your stories<br />

in a private autobiography for the family<br />

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There are<br />

The pieces<br />

of jewelry<br />

The expensive<br />

watches<br />

The paintings<br />

in the study<br />

But there<br />

is surely<br />

no more<br />

personal gift<br />

to give your<br />

loved ones<br />

Than YOU<br />

In one<br />

beautifully<br />

written<br />

lavishly<br />

illustrated<br />

handcrafted<br />

volume<br />

How you<br />

grew up<br />

Found<br />

a career<br />

Fell<br />

in love<br />

Started<br />

a family<br />

Memories Adventures Milestones<br />

It’s time to tell your story<br />


Welcome to<br />

<strong>LifeTime</strong> Memoirs<br />

Your opportunity to create a unique piece of family treasure and share<br />

it with generations to come.<br />

How? By settling down and telling your children and your grandchildren,<br />

perhaps even your great-grandchildren, your life story.<br />

With the help of our team—interviewers, ghostwriters, project managers,<br />

editors, typesetters, proofreaders, printers, and bookbinders—now is the<br />

time to write your autobiography.<br />

When your <strong>LifeTime</strong> Memoir is finished, you will have 10 beautifully<br />

illustrated copies for the ones who matter most to you. You will be<br />

giving them the gift of a lifetime. Yours.<br />


Letter from the Founder<br />

<strong>LifeTime</strong> Memoirs<br />

Private Autobiography Service, Inc. (legal entity)<br />

503 E Summit Street<br />

Crown Point<br />

IN 46307<br />

U.S.A.<br />

My Story to Your Story<br />

I started LifeBook, the U.K. parent company of <strong>LifeTime</strong> Memoirs,<br />

as a project for my father. Now it has a life of its own.<br />

A <strong>LifeTime</strong> Memoir is the story of your life, in a book you will be<br />

proud to put your name to.<br />

In the same way we will be proud to help you produce it.<br />

Why not ask our authors if the experience has been worth it.<br />

Better still ask their loved ones, who between them have read<br />

the thousands of <strong>LifeTime</strong> Memoirs that have gone to print.<br />

They glow with pride: families, children, and grandchildren.<br />

They all tell us the same thing. They’ve been given something<br />

—a piece of family history—which no-one can put a price on.<br />

That’s why if you think it’s time to tell your story, we’re here to<br />

help you do just this.<br />

Your story. Your legacy. Your gift for generations to come.<br />

<strong>LifeTime</strong> Memoirs. The gift of a lifetime.<br />

Roy Moëd, LifeBook founder<br />


It couldn’t be<br />

easier for you<br />

There is no greater gift that you can give to the next<br />

generations of your family than the story of your life.<br />

Only, too many of us toy with the idea before deciding<br />

we are not writers.<br />

Except that, with the right help, all of us are.<br />

Becoming the author of your own<br />

<strong>LifeTime</strong> Memoir and telling your story<br />

couldn’t be an easier, more stimulating,<br />

and life-affirming experience.<br />

It begins with the welcome pack to guide<br />

you through the journey you’re about to<br />

embark on.<br />


There are three stages.<br />

1. Reminisce<br />

First you just have to talk to one of our interviewers. Over the course<br />

of twelve 90-minute conversations your story will unfold.<br />

2. Read<br />

Next you simply read and review. Every minute of your conversations<br />

has been recorded and entrusted to one of our ghostwriters, chosen<br />

for their ability to write your story in your “voice.”<br />

3. Relax<br />

When you’re happy with your manuscript, complete with photographs<br />

and significant family documents, it’s time for the third and final stage:<br />

production.<br />

Soon 10 copies of a beautifully bound, section-sewn, linen-covered,<br />

hard back book will be on their way to you. Your autobiography, in<br />

your hands, on your bookshelf.<br />

Oh, and of course, the fourth stage. To share and enjoy your<br />

<strong>LifeTime</strong> Memoir with those who matter most: your children, your<br />

grandchildren, your great-grandchildren.<br />

Excited? Now read on . . .<br />


It’s a labor<br />

of love for us<br />

We understand just how meaningful it is to commit your life story<br />

to print.<br />

So, while we make the writing experience as easy as we can for you,<br />

we bring a level of best practice, attention to detail, and painstaking<br />

craft to everything on our side.<br />

It is the only way to show how seriously we take the privilege of<br />

telling your story and creating your piece of family history.<br />

That’s why it requires a team: project manager, interviewer, ghostwriter,<br />

editor, typesetter, proofreader, printer, and bookbinder.<br />

The Project Manager<br />

If you’ve ever started to try to write before and then stopped,<br />

you’ll quickly realize how important your project manager is.<br />

They are the ones who make sure everyone keeps to the timetable.<br />

They know how to encourage, without ever pressurizing.<br />

They give you time to review what we have produced, while making<br />

sure the project never loses momentum.<br />

Some of our authors become lifelong friends with their project managers,<br />

sending updates of how family and friends have loved their story.<br />

Long before your book goes on the press, you’ll appreciate that your<br />

project manager is the central cog in the <strong>LifeTime</strong> Memoirs machine.<br />


The Interviewer<br />

Chapter 1. Everything starts with your interviews.<br />

That’s why your interviewer’s most important quality has to be their<br />

ability to listen.<br />

So, once we know a little bit about you, it is all about matching you<br />

with the right person.<br />

Not just to listen but to probe and push and tease out the story you<br />

want to tell. The context, the personalities, the drama. The events that<br />

shaped your life. The story of you.<br />

Your interviewer is such an important figure in your <strong>LifeTime</strong> project<br />

that if we don’t have the right person, we go out and find them.<br />

It adds to the time (anything from 2 to 8 weeks) but you shouldn’t tell<br />

your life story to just anyone.<br />

Twelve 90-minute meetings over four to five months follow, with each<br />

at a time arranged to suit you. Ten of the meetings are for storytelling,<br />

the last two for reviewing your manuscript.<br />

Your interviewer doesn’t come alone either. A state-of-the-art scanner<br />

comes too, for scanning the photographs and documents that are also<br />

part of your story. And everything is recorded because when the talking<br />

stops, your ghostwriter must start.<br />


The Ghostwriter<br />

Every one of our ghostwriters has devoted their entire career to<br />

the written word, whether in media, journalism, or academia.<br />

Your chosen writer will craft your words, find “your” voice, and<br />

become you.<br />

Your life story could not be in better hands.<br />

Even so, you’ll receive regular drafts—“words in progress”—and you<br />

can always discuss changes when you meet your interviewer at your<br />

review sessions.<br />

If you forget something during an interview, you can add it in at<br />

your next one.<br />

The night you saw that unknown four-piece band in Liverpool,<br />

that split-second the doctor looked at the two of you and said<br />

“triplets,” your writer will find a home for it, in your story.<br />

The Editor<br />

Next the honing and polishing of “your” words. With your writer<br />

comes your editor.<br />

Their first task: to scrutinize the working draft and make sure it is<br />

free of mistakes.<br />

However, it is about more than correct spelling and accurate dates.<br />

Your editor will pore over your narrative, seeing that it flows, picking<br />

up on areas which may need more telling, and above all making sure<br />

the tone of the writing really reflects your personality.<br />


The Producers<br />

You are now ready to go on the greatest journey any autobiographer<br />

ever makes, from galley proof to beautifully bound, section-sewn,<br />

linen-covered hardback book, in the company of our typesetters,<br />

proofreaders, printers, and bookbinders. Their meticulous (maybe<br />

it’s obsessive) attachment to proper craft skills won’t disappoint you.<br />

The Craft Skills<br />

First, one of our typesetters will take charge of design and layout,<br />

the seamless marriage of text and imagery.<br />

Then it must pass under the zero-tolerance gaze of our proofreaders.<br />

And your gaze too. You’ll also receive a set of proofs.<br />

Then when everything is perfect, error-free, and signed off, it is time<br />

to go to print. Printing, stitching, and binding are specialist crafts.<br />

The book is, in fact, made in sections and sewn into the whole.<br />

This way any page opened will lie flat. It’s easier to read this way<br />

and it will never split.<br />

Then there is the linen cover, embossed with gold or silver lettering,<br />

and a bespoke dust jacket before your book is placed in its gift box<br />

and shipped directly to you. In fact, you will receive 10 copies.<br />

Finally, a word about the paper we print on: 148gsm archival Mohawk,<br />

the highest quality there is for books.<br />

It’s guaranteed to last 100 years. It will probably last much longer.<br />

Like every great life story.<br />


Your Photographs<br />

There are some things that can’t be put into words.<br />

A look, a smile, a time, a place.<br />

Pictures, newspaper cuttings, wedding certificates, school reports.<br />

Documents, perhaps ones that have been hidden in attic boxes for<br />

decades, are a vital part of your story.<br />

So, in the safety of your own home, we scan them and bring every<br />

single one that you want to include back to life.<br />


Your Audio Mini-Book<br />

A <strong>LifeTime</strong> Memoir is your story in your voice. So, besides the printed<br />

words are your spoken ones.<br />

In your final meeting we record you reading your favorite excerpts<br />

from the book.<br />

These 60-minute Audio Highlights are part of the USB Mini-Book,<br />

which comes with the actual <strong>LifeTime</strong> Memoir, and includes a digital<br />

version of it, your copyrighted Word document, and scans of your<br />

carefully restored images.<br />


Project manager<br />

introduction<br />

Interviewer<br />

introduction<br />

First<br />

interview:<br />

The setup<br />

Second<br />

interview<br />

& photo<br />

selection<br />

Third<br />

interview<br />

Fourth<br />

interview<br />

& photo<br />

selection<br />

Fifth<br />

interview<br />

Sixth<br />

interview<br />

& photo<br />

selection<br />

Review<br />

One<br />

Review<br />

Two<br />

Ghostwriter & Editor<br />

Ghostwriter & Editor<br />

Ghostwriter &<br />

Project manager<br />

You’ve lived the life<br />

Here’s how we tell the story<br />

It’s worth taking a look at the <strong>LifeTime</strong> Memoirs journey. You’ll<br />

realize just how easy we’ve made it for you to create such a unique and<br />

lasting piece of family history. Essentially you use the interviews to<br />

tell us your story and then, in the company of your project manager,<br />

review our progress through to the finished printed article.<br />

This is your side of the story (it’s highlighted in blue here on the chart).<br />

Ours, as you can see, is to devote as much love, attention, and craft skill<br />

as we can to producing something worthy of such a wonderful life.<br />


Seventh<br />

interview<br />

Review<br />

Three<br />

Eighth<br />

interview<br />

& photo<br />

scanning<br />

Ninth<br />

interview<br />

Review<br />

Four<br />

Tenth<br />

interview<br />

& photo<br />

scanning<br />

Eleventh<br />

meeting<br />

Twelfth<br />

meeting<br />

Audio<br />

Highlights<br />

recording<br />

Main Review<br />

Editor Ghostwriter & Editor Ghostwriter & Editor<br />

Sound<br />

editor<br />

Typesetting<br />

Project manager<br />

Proofreading<br />

Printing<br />

Bookbinding<br />

Delivery<br />


Meet the<br />

authors<br />

Still, don’t take our word for the pleasure that <strong>LifeTime</strong> Memoirs<br />

will bring you. Take the words of our authors.<br />

Meet some of the autobiographers who have already told their stories<br />

with the help of LifeBook (U.K.) and <strong>LifeTime</strong> Memoirs (U.S.A.).<br />


Mr. Harry Gow (and family), U.K. author of “What’s Your Name?”<br />

“Me Gow”<br />

“I had wanted to write my memoirs for a long time and, at one time, had even<br />

tried to do them myself with the help of my son. When I came across LifeBook,<br />

I knew this was what I needed to help me put my memories down on paper.<br />

I set about doing so and, from start to finish, creating my autobiography<br />

with LifeBook was a fantastic six-month adventure.<br />

My interviewer was first class and I thoroughly enjoyed my sessions with her.<br />

The quality of my autobiography is exceptional and the books themselves are<br />

beautiful. LifeBook was, at all times during my project, completely professional<br />

and every team member gave me the support I needed when I needed it.<br />

I’m extremely satisfied with my books and delighted to be able to share my<br />

treasured memories and stories with my family. On top of that, I have<br />

thoroughly enjoyed recalling my stories, both in the telling of them and, now,<br />

by reading them in my LifeBook. I’d highly recommend LifeBook to others –<br />

it’s a wonderful experience that produces a superb end result.”<br />


Mrs. Adele Hatcher, <strong>LifeTime</strong> Memoirs author of Life and Blessings<br />

“When my book arrived and I started sharing it with our children, grandchildren,<br />

and great-grandchildren, the reaction was real joy. They could not put the book<br />

down until they had finished reading about their roots and my life.<br />

As a result of this window into our family and my life, my family has become<br />

closer to one another, their heritage, and to me. They now know me as a whole<br />

person, not just the one part of my life that involved them. Having finished<br />

this story has given me a peace and joy in knowing now I will be remembered<br />

as part of their lives and even the ones I will never live to see can read my story.<br />

I know that my life will always be a part of them in some way.”<br />


“The past six months have been a moving and emotional experience for both my<br />

family and me, and this has finally given me the joy of reading ‘my unique story’.<br />

My family and friends are so pleased with my book and the comments about<br />

it have been fantastic. It is very comforting to think that my descendants will<br />

have the pleasure of reading about my life and our family.<br />

I recommend everyone use LifeBook if they want to tell their story.”<br />

Dr. Brian Thomas, U.K. author of Life of Bri<br />


“I received a ‘welcome pack’ the morning after speaking to Roy Moëd, the founder,<br />

and, I have to say, I was immediately impressed with the quality of what I<br />

received. I found the journal most interesting and informative, and I can see<br />

how other authors could find it very useful and helpful too.<br />

My project manager was my one-to-one contact for the whole of the project; what<br />

pleased me was that, in this day and age, I could dial a number and my project<br />

manager would answer straightaway. I was supported totally throughout the project.<br />

My interviewer was a very nice young lady who lived reasonably local to me.<br />

We met as strangers but quickly became good friends. Friends who have read<br />

the book have said that it was like me talking; I felt as if the ghostwriter could<br />

read my mind. She conveyed my story perfectly, and there was a flow throughout.<br />

On the day I received and opened the parcel of 10 copies, it brought tears to<br />

my eyes, and I felt very proud. The product is first class, the process could not<br />

be bettered and the team are totally professional. Thank you.”<br />

Mr. Alan Beckett, U.K. author of I Did It My Way<br />


Read the<br />

authors<br />

Just how unique will your life story be?<br />

How special and lasting a contribution will it make to your<br />

family history?<br />

Before you start writing, take inspiration from these extracts<br />

that other <strong>LifeTime</strong> Memoirs authors are proud to share.<br />


Approved extract from<br />

‘Gramps’<br />

by Phil Kuhl<br />

Grandpa Yates’s<br />

Influence in the<br />

Early Days<br />

One of the most important people in my life was my Grandpa<br />

“Tedder” Yates. He taught me about life and became important<br />

to me without me even realizing it. He was somebody really special to<br />

me. Even now, years after he died, I would love to sit down and talk<br />

with my grandpa. Maybe I need one of his ‘“Atta boys,” maybe I want<br />

to tell him about everything I’ve done in my life and how he helped<br />

me. I still miss him.<br />

Grandpa always introduced me to new people, saying, “This is my<br />

grandson.” He loved baseball and wanted to become a professional<br />

ball player. Grandpa worshipped the St. Louis Cardinals and never<br />

missed a game on the radio, but he never saw a Cardinals game in<br />

person. Once I tried to get him to a game in his later years, but it<br />

didn’t happen. He chewed Red Man tobacco. I can still visualize<br />

him in a rocking chair in the living room of his small home, with<br />

the radio blaring the Cardinals, play by play. Alongside his chair<br />

was an empty can, which would serve as his “spittoon” for the Red<br />

Man. He would stare ahead, listening to every word, smiling at a<br />

strikeout by the opponent or a home run by his team. I’m sure<br />

he could “see” every play, every gesture. Every now and then, he<br />

would shout, “Well, Jesus Christ!” expressing his displeasure about<br />

a muffed play.<br />


Gramps never missed any of my high school baseball or basketball<br />

games either. I played first base and pitched as a lefty. He would come<br />

to my games with a folding chair, sitting on the first base line just past<br />

the home dugout. I could hear his constant critique. Grandpa was<br />

an icon to local players. He was blunt and loud but knowledgeable.<br />

The players respected him because they knew how he loved the game.<br />

The baseball team carried his casket at his funeral, and the Miles<br />

American Legion team signed a baseball that was displayed at<br />

his visitation.<br />

Gramps loved to take me fishing and always invited me to help<br />

with tasks like slaughtering chickens, cleaning the storage room at<br />

the store, delivering groceries, and working in his garden. He was<br />

the one who taught me how to work, he talked to me about what’s<br />

right, and he was proud of me. He often came to visit my family<br />

when I grew up. One of the things I did for him before he died at age<br />

86 was shave him. A day or two before he died, I got a mug of soap<br />

and shaved him, because he couldn’t shave himself. Gramps was still<br />

sharp and still interested in me that day. He watched an Indiana<br />

basketball game on the day he died. Larry Bird played for Indiana<br />

at that time, and Gramps loved Larry Bird! I believe he became<br />

attracted to Indiana because his second wife, Hazel Stapleton, came<br />

from Indiana.<br />

One of my favorite things I did with Grandpa was fishing in<br />

the Mississippi River. He bought this little cabin that was shaped<br />

like half a corrugated metal culvert. It was located in a cow pasture<br />

about a half mile from the river. He built a wooden fence around it<br />

to keep the cows away and a table for cleaning fish. Grandpa took<br />

me to the cabin a lot. It was quaint and quiet, very primitive with<br />

no electricity. The refrigerator was a block of ice in an icebox. We<br />

slept in a double bed, and there was a small cooking area, a couch,<br />

and a couple chairs. I have great early memories of that place and<br />

my grandfather.<br />

The cabin was on the west side of the Mississippi River Valley.<br />

The river was the main highway of frontier America, and, years ago,<br />


Native Americans had lived there. Grandpa’s cabin sat in a pasture<br />

strewn with evidence of their lives. The area was literally an Indian<br />

graveyard, with burial mounds on the ridge above. We often found<br />

arrowheads, stone mauls, and chisels in the creek where we got<br />

drinking water.<br />

Gramps and I had our “fishing routine” for those trips to the<br />

river. First we “picked” night crawlers. Picking night crawlers was<br />

something we did the night before our trip to the river. After dark,<br />

with a flashlight in hand, we would search the wet grass for these<br />

large worms that would only surface at night. On occasion, we would<br />

dig “garden worms” when night crawlers were not very abundant.<br />

Loaded with our bait, we would head to the Mississippi, about a<br />

mile’s walk from the cabin.<br />

Gramps kept a flat-bottom boat on the shore tied to a tree. We<br />

would load our fishing equipment and head out. Our first task was<br />

always to set out a trot-line. This was a long heavy cord with about<br />

50 hooks spaced about three feet apart. We would bait the hooks<br />

and lay the line in the river. The line would have a big weight on<br />

one end and would be tied to some stump or tree on the other end.<br />

We would then head back to the cabin for breakfast. Gramps was a<br />

great cook!<br />

I can still see him frying up some thick bacon or pork chops for<br />

breakfast. Fried potatoes, toast, and a couple of eggs fried “basted”<br />

in bacon fat was really good after our morning’s efforts. Then<br />

Gramps would take a piece of white bread and sop up all the bacon<br />

grease still left in the frying pan, chomp it down, and say, “This is<br />

the best part.”<br />

Gramps loved “fat,” and he chewed Red Man his entire life. He<br />

was not a drinker; in fact, I do not recall him even drinking a beer,<br />

nor did he ever smoke. But Gramps was a man’s man, confident,<br />

loved to kid, and lived to 86 without ever missing a trick. He was as<br />

sharp at 86 as he was when I was a small child.<br />


Approved extract from<br />

Gold Street to Golden Years<br />

by Jerrie Rudd<br />

Celebrating Milestones<br />

My daughter always did parties for my birthdays. For my 50th<br />

birthday, she had a male belly dancer. I had my chair out in<br />

the middle of everybody, and he was dancing up close to me. Next<br />

thing I knew, he had me up dancing, shaking, gyrating with him. His<br />

surprise appearance was fun and caused laughter.<br />

On my 60th birthday, I threw a “thank you” party for my customers.<br />

I also invited my family and old friends. We had it at Oak Run in our<br />

recreation building. It wasn’t anything fancy by a long shot. It was 100<br />

degrees that day and there were about 100 people there in this packed<br />

room. The sweat was just dripping off everyone, and some couldn’t<br />

stand it and had to leave. Still, we had a great time. There was such a<br />

big turnout, I couldn’t believe it. Of course, I had put on the invitation<br />

“NO PRESENTS,” just their presence. However, one of our older<br />

friends had come up with an idea for people to bring 60 pennies in<br />

some unique way. She called quite a few people and, I tell you, talk<br />

about clever people.<br />

My husband was so funny about things, and he said, “You can’t open<br />

those presents because you said no presents. What about the people<br />

who didn’t bring anything?” Well, I should have opened them, because<br />

people had gone to a lot of effort. One couple I had sold a lakefront lot<br />

to had made a big poster with pictures of the lot before and after they<br />


had built their house. They had 60 pennies around it as a frame that<br />

read, “Helping Us Make Our Dream Come True.” Another couple,<br />

who hadn’t made it to the party, visited a week later and brought a<br />

clock they’d made out of pennies stuck on a paper plate. People put in<br />

a lot of work on an array of unique 60-penny gifts.<br />

I do remember one lady’s gift was a “Happy 50th” button, and I said,<br />

“Oh my gosh! Thank you, but it’s my 60th.”<br />

She said, “Jerrie, it can’t be. You’re fibbing to me.”<br />

I said, “No, it’s my 60th.”<br />

“Oh,” she said. “When we got the invitation, I said to my husband<br />

that has to be a typographical error. She cannot be 60 years old.” Of<br />

course, I could have hugged and kissed her at that point.<br />

For my 80th, the party was at my daughter’s house. She had a small<br />

house, but she had worked in her yard really hard so that the party could<br />

be outside. My husband paid for all the tents, the tables, the chairs, and<br />

the food; it was a joint family effort. Well, on the day of the party, it<br />

poured in buckets. Absolute buckets. At the last minute, they had to<br />

scramble around and move the furniture to make room for the chairs<br />

and the food.<br />

Eighty people showed up, and I couldn’t believe it in that downpour.<br />

I’d even said as we walked up to the house, “Somebody’s having a big<br />

party on the street, look at all the cars.” I walked in my daughter’s front<br />

door, and I could not have faked the look on my face. Total surprise.<br />

There were people such as my best friend from first grade, right<br />

through to my current neighbors in Peoria. Even one of my Belles of<br />

Harmony friends, who was 101 years old, came. There was someone there<br />

from every era of my life except the two years we lived in Lee Center.<br />

What a beautiful, beautiful day that was. I just couldn’t believe there<br />

were so many people. I’ve been very blessed with such good friends. I’m<br />

very thankful for all that and a wonderful family, too, because all my<br />

extended family were there—young and old. I will forever remember<br />

that day; the work put into that party was such an act of love.<br />

I also gave myself an 80th birthday present. At Christmas, before<br />

my birthday in August, I gave my daughter and her companion, my<br />


two grandkids and their companions, and my partner and me tickets<br />

to go on a Caribbean cruise. We spent a week on the Oasis of the Seas,<br />

a ship that has 16 decks. My grandkids and their friends did not miss<br />

a thing. They were going, going, going the whole time.<br />

I even zip-lined on that trip. The ship had a zip-line, and I said,<br />

“I want to zip-line.” Of course, my grandkids especially were shouting,<br />

“Go, Grandma, go, go!” My partner was asking what would happen if<br />

the line broke and I fell, but I still wanted to have a go at it. It was on<br />

my “bucket list.”<br />

I tell you, I loved it. If there hadn’t been such a long waiting line,<br />

I would have gone a second time. It was so much fun, and, of course, my<br />

grandson put pictures of me on Facebook—“Grandma zip-lining for her<br />

80th birthday.” We had a great time, and I was so happy that my family<br />

cruise plan had come to pass. It was very special, and I was so thankful<br />

that we could get everyone together. To get eight people’s schedules to<br />

work out for a week took some changing around, but it was wonderful.<br />

Maybe for my 90th birthday, I’ll do it again, the Good Lord willing.<br />

Zip-lining and a seven-mile bicycle ride tackled at ages 79 and<br />

80. Whoopee! I guess I can now tick these off on my bucket list as<br />

“accomplished!”<br />

Jerrie’s 80th birthday party, total surprise! 2015<br />


Grandma Mattie’s Girls<br />

Grandma Mattie had been a widow since the age of 37. Then, one<br />

day, she made the decision that she shouldn’t live alone. She called the<br />

nursing home, which was brand new in Peoria, and made arrangements.<br />

She went on to live there for 10 years.<br />

The day after one of Aunt June’s garage sales, we local cousins were<br />

going through leftover clothing. We decided to dress up in the craziest<br />

outfits we could find, then head up to Grandma Mattie’s nursing home<br />

for a visit. Mom and Aunt June were there, and when we paraded in<br />

in these outfits, they cracked up. Grandma Mattie didn’t know what<br />

to think of her granddaughters and her great-granddaughters in her<br />

private style show.<br />

We had so much fun doing this and then stopping by Dairy<br />

Queen for ice cream with only 25 cents. A bunch of nutty Wynn<br />

family females. This was the birth of our reunion idea that came to<br />

pass years later.<br />

Our first reunion of any size was held in The Villages, FL. Nine<br />

cousins made it. Comfortable housing and plans for several outings<br />

were planned. We were all ready for a fun time and had made sure<br />

there was plenty of wine. Our most energetic outing was to the Katie<br />

Belle, an old-fashioned dance hall. Great live music and good food.<br />

We have so many memories of our visits with Grandma. We made<br />

up our game—Drink or Smell. We had our own rules for bunco, and<br />

whoever won got a drink of Pepsi—if you lost, you only got a smell of<br />

Pepsi. Pepsi was a big treat in those days. There were other games with<br />

her, but this was the one remembered most in years to come.<br />

At bedtime, you wouldn’t dream of undressing with the light on or<br />

the shades not drawn—and before going to sleep, your nighttime prayers<br />

were the end of a day spent with Grandma.<br />

Heaven only knows where the song Chick-a-racka came from;<br />

however, Grandma taught this song, along with the poem I Went to Visit<br />

Grandma One Cold Thanksgiving Day, to all her grandchildren. These<br />

are now being passed on to the fourth generation. Great memories.<br />

Hopefully this tradition will be passed on for years and years to come.<br />


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