Two Elderly Sisters Remembering

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:

Wednesday, May 22, 1912: And leave it blank.

Left to right: Ruth (Muffly) Gauger, Helen(a) (Muffly) Swartz, circa 1975

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma wrote next to nothing a hundred years ago today—though she obviously felt compelled to write something—I’m going continue sharing pictures.

This is a photo of Grandma and her sister Ruth that was taken very late in their lives. Ruth died in 1977 and Grandma in 1980, so I’m guessing that it was taken in the mid-1970s.

In some odd way I think this photo is one of my favorites.

After a lifetime of good times and difficult times, it’s fun to see the two elderly sisters sharing stories and reminiscing.  Regardless of age, life is good!

10 Responses

  1. It is a lovely photo Sheryl, and a reminder that they were still friends, after all those years. :)

  2. There is something about sisters….something so enduring.

  3. I can see why you’re fond of this photo, Sheryl – it looks natural and not posed. Sisters can have such a special bond… My sister-in-law and my daughter have both told me how badly they wished to have a sister.

  4. Ruth looks fondly at her sister and Helena’s eyes are sparkling as they are sharing something enjoyable. It IS a great photo. As they say “a thousand words”.

    • I absolutely love the way Ruth is looking at Grandma rather than at the camera–I can just sense the deep feelings that she has.

  5. Sheryl, with your posts about Helen and Ruth and Bessie, and Jimmie, they have become our family too — and so the picture is our picture as well. Thanks for thinking of us.

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