Table of Contents:

  • Foreword by Liz Carpenter
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter One. Identity: I Am Not Always the Same Person
    • Daughter: Gayle Hunt
    • A Woman Named Billie: Billie Grace Herring
    • My Mother's Daughter: Katherine Koonce
    • My Father's Daughter: Jo Scudder
    • A Story about Who I Am: Ruby Johnston
    • All the Things I Am: Williene Story
    • I Am Not Always the Same Person: Marilyn Zimmerman
    • Going to School: Oma Gillis
    • A European Youth: Erika Eden
    • Girls Just Didn't Go to College: Gayle Hunt
    • A Lover of Back Roads: Martha Knies
    • Gifts That I Chose for Myself: Selah Rose

  • Chapter Two. Home: I Was Born in East Texas
    • I Was Born in East Texas . . .: Helen G. Burton
    • How My Mother Got Her Washing Machine: Janie Kirkpatrick
    • Keeping House for My Mother: Betty Martin
    • Courage and Little Else: Helen Ibbotson
    • Chores, Chores, Endless Chores: Mary Lou Morgette
    • A Lesson for Young Brides: Oleta Cates
    • Horses, Friends, and Cleaning Out the Stalls: Sarah McKinney
    • Aunt Hattie's House: Janice Wilkins
    • Finding Home: Grace B. Schmitt

  • Chapter Three. Work: Making Something That Lasted
    • Making Something That Lasted: Kathryn Doggett
    • God Had Given Me a Brain: Gayle Hunt
    • Making My Own Way: Erma Hiltpold
    • Clerking in My Dad's General Store: Pat Simmons
    • "I'm Doing the Best I Can": Patricia Gunderlach
    • District 23, Speedway School: Rose Vrba
    • Southern Belle: A Full-Time Job: Marthanne Luzader
    • A Fitting Job: Mathilda Mimun
    • Cattle Drive: Erin Colleen Moore
    • The Autoclave: Lavern Crawford
    • My Navy Career: Joan H. Crews
    • An Office in the Courthouse: Margaret C. Long
    • Things Began to Change: Faye L. Kelly
    • My Silver Star: Billie Grace Herring
    • Just an Old Hooker: Lois Earley
    • Granny's Biscuits: Sue Kinney

  • Chapter Four. Family: Grandmother and the Pirates
    • Grandmother and the Pirates: Eula Rae McCown
    • My Father and the Value of Money: Bonnie Knipp
    • Nanoo: Carole Burke
    • Grandma Maggie Helman: Joann Bynum
    • My Mother and the Pigeons: Martha Knies
    • An Unexpected Meeting: Patricia Lyón
    • William and the Outhouse: Martha Brian
    • My Brother Ray: Kathryn Doggett
    • Aminta: Amparo González
    • We All Loved Each Other: Bertie W. Wright
    • Lillian: Francys Shliff
    • Rosy: Ruby Varnon Bishop

  • Chapter Five. Love: 'Til We Meet Again
    • 'Til We Meet Again: Sherlie Hurwitz
    • Love Letters: Nadeane Walker Anderson
    • Those Golden Days at Graceland: Katherine Koonce
    • How My Life Changed: Amparo González
    • To Do As I Pleased: Minnie Ree Baccus
    • A Keepsake Penny, and Love Refound: Eula Rae McCown
    • "Hey, Maud Farkle . . .": Paula Stephens-Bishop
    • Do You Believe in Fate?: Evelyn Simon
    • "I Will Promise You a Rose Garden": Val Jean Schmidt

  • Chapter Six. Loss: The Strength to Survive
    • The Lost Shoes: Alice M. Short
    • The Day My Childhood Died: Ruby Varnon Bishop
    • When Daddy Died: Ruby A. Taylor
    • The Strength to Survive: Sarah Lichtman
    • Teddy: Jean Wyllys
    • Changing Places: Joyce A. Dehlin
    • Renee: Irene Luedke
    • The Day Grandma Died: Sidna Leavenworth
    • "I Should Have Cried": Lucy A. Boyea
    • Losing Martha: Bobbye Jo Barker
    • When I Think of Grace . . . : Jeanie Forsyth

  • Chapter Seven. Living Fully: I Still Had My Two Dollars
    • Decoration Day, Fairy Tales, and the Ice Cream Wagon: Oma Gillis
    • I Still Had My Two Dollars: Marji Smith
    • Baseball Fever: Jane R. Peppard
    • The Best Christmas: Mary G. Warren
    • Inside a Prism: Ruby Varnon Bishop
    • My Bonneville Convertible: Pauline Carey
    • Kyky the Elephant: Margaret F. Shive
    • Outward Bound: Jeanie Forsyth
    • The Happiest Day of My Life: Erma Hiltpold
    • The Day My Daughter Walked: Mary Holder
    • I Felt like a Queen: Lorene B. Laird
    • A Summer with Granny Rylee: Pat Williamson

  • Chapter Eight. Witness: Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Events
    • Remembering War: Mathilda Mimun
    • Holocaust Survivor: Sarah Lichtman
    • "Where Is Pearl Harbor?": Lavern Crawford
    • December 7, 1941: Jean Leonard
    • How Would I Measure Up under Fire?: Eileen C. Titus
    • Rommel's Hannibal Connection: Janine M. Koch
    • Not a Dry Eye in the House: Patricia J. Click
    • When the Americans Came: Jean Wyllys
    • The Day Roosevelt Died: Bobbye Jo Barker
    • An Army Wife in Postwar Germany: Faye L. Kelly
    • An Ordinary Day: An Extraordinary Event: Wanda Heath
    • Terror: The Day MLK Died: Louise Kent
    • When the Russians Invaded Czechoslovakia: Dolores R. Muhich
    • Four Joyful Days: Agatha Barbay

  • Chapter Nine. Legacies: "I Wish You Could Have Known My Grandma"
    • Family Books, Family Treasures: Helen Burnette
    • The Tapestry: Bobbye Jo Barker
    • My Grandmother's Dress: Joyce A. Dehlin
    • My Mother's Ring: Mathilda Mimun
    • My Keepsake Quilt: Mary Lou Morgette
    • The Legacy of the Two Lauras: Sue Kinney
    • Mama's Writings: Irene Luedke
    • The Other Side of Fifty: Betty Poe Howard
    • A Letter to a Young Person: Marthanne Luzader
    • "I Wish You Could Have Known My Grandma": Evelyn Simon

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