Saturday, May 9, 2009


Dorothy Jerling Villabona
09 May 1909 - 02 September 2006

Countrymouse's grandmother would have celebrated her 100th birthday today. She lived to the wonderful age of 97 and got to see children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even her first great-great grandson. It didn't matter who you were, everyone called her Nana.

I had the privilege of knowing Nana for 25 years. I didn't always agree with her views on things, but I always admired and respected her. She had seen and lived through so many things and most importantly, was truly the bedrock of the family.

The only daughter of a Swedish immigrant and his first generation wife, as a young woman Nana met and married a dashing Colombian. Looking for a better life, they moved their family away from the city to the bucolic Eastern Shore. This is where she called home most of her days. The old homestead is still in the family, but it has lost it's shine in the past few years. There are many, many memories there, yet the days are just not as bright without Nana there.

She would have really enjoyed this birthday. She was a spunky old girl and achieving this milestone would have made her proud. She will always live on in our hearts and memories and in the love she shared with us all and we continue to share with each other.

1 comment:

  1. that is such a great picture. it makes me wish that i had met her.


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