Mary Gloria Cardoza Tejada - RIP

At work in the 1940's

At work in the 1940's

My grammie (grandmother) Mary passed away two weeks ago in her sleep. At 91 years of age, she lived one amazing life. She lived her life her way, at her own terms for more than 85 years. Who else can say that their grandmother worked full time till she was 85 years old. 

Looking back at photos of her life, so many memory come flooding back. About 5 years ago, when she moved into a retirement community, I started scanning all of her photos. A wealth of moments in time came flood into my world. For example she loved sailing on her old bosses sail boat. While most people only visited the 1939 World’s Fair on Treasure Island, she visited it almost 10 times. She loved being with her family and she lived life with all the fun of being on the beach or going out with the girls in the evening.

Sailing on the Bay in 1946

Sailing on the Bay in 1946

She left behind a loving family of 2 children, 1 daughter-in-law, 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Along with her 88 year old sister and 101 year old aunt. 

Grammie taught me many things. Joining forces with my Grandma (her mother) and mother in teaching me the art of cooking along with the art of fashion. One of my favorite stories from growing up is about one night my sister and I were spending the night at their house. My grammie woke up at 6am to the smell of food cooking. She made her way to the kitchen to find 5 year old Brian cooking breakfast in the kitchen. A full spread, toast, sausage and eggs. Needless to say my mother got a stern phone call later that morning.

I will miss her like crazy but she truly live a long life. I’ve posted a gallery of some my favorite photos of her.

 

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