January 11, 2012

My Mama

Last week my Mama, Elsie Addie Smith Benton, passed away. I'm looking through photographs of her life, scanning them and restoring them today. It is healing to see what a full and wonderful life she lived.

Mama grew up on a farm, but spent her adult life in Charlotte, NC. This is the only picture I seem to have of her at this young age.


I believe Mama was posing for Papa here as there is a matching photograph of Papa stored next to this one. On the back it says Elsie 1945. They were married on Saturday, the 14th of July, 1945. I am wondering if this is an image from their honeymoon.

Elsie Addie Smith, 1945

Here is Mama the last time I saw her, just before Christmas. She is holding my sleeping daughter Emeline Addie Lobdell. Emeline and Katie, my sister, share a middle name with Mama.

Christmas celebration, December 10, 2011.

Ever since I have known her, Mama has protested having her photograph taken. I'm glad now that we have photographs of her. I'll be able to share with my daughter the story of her Great Mama using photographs. I love you Mama.


Michael said...

I am sorry for your family's loss Jessica. Those are 3 lovely pictures of a woman who will undoubtedly be missed by many.

Dana Villalas said...

jessica, i didn't know. i'm sorry to hear the news about Mama. didn't know her but immediately and always sensed the love you have for her. This blog entry just confirms that even more. Beautiful photos!

Jessica Massey Benton Lobdell said...

Thank you friends. It is good to hear your kind words.

Blaire said...

Hi Jessica,

Just wanted to swing by and say hi, and I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Going through photos sounds like a great way to to help with your healing. I'm so grateful for the wonderful photos of my Dad and Grandparents. May all your happiest memories bring you comfort and smiles.
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Jessica Massey Benton Lobdell said...

Thanks Blaire. I hope you are well.