Monday, March 23, 2009

Ardith and Frank ~ A Love Story...

Today is my beloved paternal grandmother’s birthday. She would have been 89. As many of you already know, she passed away last October.

As a way of remembering Ardith on this day, I am beginning my series of tiny stories about her. I would like you to know a bit about her. I think you’ll find that she was a very special person.

She married her true love, Frank, when she was a young woman. Their first born was my father. During this time, Frank’s five brothers went to war, but Frank stayed behind because they found a problem with his heart. A condition that could be fixed today, but not in the 40’s. Frank's health deteriorated rapidly. My dad was just 2 years old when Frank died. It was at night, and he died in bed in Ardith’s arms. He was 27. She was 24, and pregnant with their second child.


Ardith and Frank on their wedding day.


8 comments:

twolefthands said...

That is so sad, what a beautiful couple and love story!

paperhill said...

she was so beautiful and he was so handsome! how sad that he passed away when they were so young. i'm looking forward to hearing more about her. xo

Brenda // Phydeaux said...

I second Susan - so good looking and radiant. What a lovely way to remember Ardith. And what a lovely and heartwrenching romance. xoxo

Leaves of Glass said...

oh my goodness, what an exquisite picture. she's just lovely. they look so young and happy here. thank you for sharing your stories, and starting with this incredible memento; i'm looking forward to hearing all your ardith stories, and i hope that sharing them here will help to ease your loss and keep her with you.

eNVe said...

what an incredibly beautiful picture of the two of them. I'm so sorry for your loss. She must have been a remarkable woman, especially enduring such an immense loss so early in their lives together. I can't even begin to imagine that experience... thank you for sharing.

Becca said...

How beautiful a couple they made. My heart feels your sadness, I miss my grandmother every day, some days I still can't help but cry...

Pfeiffer Photos said...

She was lovely...what a handsome couple they were for sure. :)

Art Kitten said...

oh that is so wonderful, what a wonderful treasure to have that photograph and story. Your grandparents were truly beautiful.