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| 9/22/2017 11:52:00 AM

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I tend to write a lot about family. I was raised at Granny's knee to believe that family is very important. She always said “You cain't know where you're a goin' until you know where you come from.” And I come from some tough old pioneer stock.

Granny Ola McEntire Roberts — born on September 8, 1893 — was the eldest of 10 children and was the granddaughter of the infamous Granny Elizabeth, with whom she spent a great deal of her life. When Granny Ola was 2 years old, her baby brother Oliver died. She never really knew the cause. It could have been crib death, or various other things. All she remembered was the pain and confusion of not having the baby in the house anymore. He was her first sibling, and she talked of him all of her life.

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Granny is on the far left back row. As you can see, they left a space in memory of Oliver. Granny Elizabeth is seated on the left, and Granny's mother, Lucy, is seated on the right. The baby Roy had not been born yet.

As the other children came along, her natural mother instinct kicked in, and as she grew, she helped raise all the younger children. The younger sisters always spoke of her as a second mother figure. She helped her mother with chores around the house and farm, and was often with Granny Elizabeth, who became the local midwife and undertaker for the area. Elizabeth was also a self-taught herbalist, and Granny learned to make many syrups, poultices, salves, and healing teas. One had to travel many miles to reach a doctor in our area, so they came to Granny Elizabeth for minor ailments, and later on to Granny Ola. Unfortunately, I didn't pay much attention when she tried to teach me these old remedies. I was a child of the '60s and '70s and times were too modern for me to really care about these things. I have regretted that as I grow older.

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