52 Photos Week 47: Thankful

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I always felt thankful to meet my great nana Elsie May Mimms (Mimms-73) who died at age 106.

by T. Dowding G2G6 Mach 2 (28.9k points)
selected by Daisey Fish
Thank you for sharing Elsie and her gorgeous photo; glad she was able to live to 106–very remarkable.
Thomas wow your great aunt Elsie she is beautiful and what a high ages she was

Thank you for sharing this
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This is a 1945 photo of my father-in-law Lt. LeRoi Nelson. He is very thankful to be back home after being on a destroyer that saw a great deal of action in WWII. He is with his mother and his wife, and it is easy to see in their faces how thankful they are to be with him after not seeing him for over two years.

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (444k points)
Alexis, you always have such wonderful photos -- thank you for sharing this one. They all look very happy!
Thank you Robin for your wonderful comment. They took several photos the day he got home.
Alexis, a very happy photo. Thanks for sharing.  I always will admire and thank the Greatest Generation and their sacrifice for our freedoms today!
Thank you Ron for your very nice comment, especially about the Greatest Generation.
Magnificent photo Alexis, what a good looking man also his wife is lovely. His mother looks very young

Thank you for sharing another wonderful photo
Thank you Susan for your sweet comment. His mother would love your saying she looked young; in her later years she would often say “I could go anytime, but I look good.”
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When I was growing up, my highlight each year was attending my family reunion at my Uncle Don and Aunt Vi's farm at Thanksgiving. In recent years the tradition has become a fond memory. However, last year a few of us were able to an impromptu get-together including my 92-year-old Aunt Violet. 4 generations of my family are represented in this photo.

by Ron Raymer G2G6 Mach 4 (48.5k points)
Ron thank you for sharing such a lovely photo of four generations of your family at Thanksgiving.
Wonderful photo, Ron. Just a year later and things are so different. I'm glad you have this photo memory.
Thanks Robin, hoping that next Thanksgiving will be better for all of us
Thanks Alexis, A couple of members of the Greatest Generation in it as well.
Ron thank you for sharing this wonderful photo og your family generations
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I would like to say how grateful I am for the clerk who bothered to put a marriage note in the margin of a baptismal register.  My father remembered some of the family had gone to Panama, but always thought it was Panama, Ohio.  This one record shifted our research 15 years ago and smoothed the road before us.

by Jennifer Gonnuscio G2G6 Mach 2 (29.7k points)
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I was a 15 year old, working in Fremantle when I first met my second cousin, Denis.  Thanks to WikiTree and our DNA match we found each other again after 55 years. Here he is pictured with his wife, Joan.  They were courting when I first met Denis, back in 1965.  

by Beverley Grow G2G6 Mach 1 (11.2k points)
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This season, I am especially thankful for my maternal grandparents, Albert and Lois (Johnson) Whittingham. When I was five, my parents split up. We moved an hour south so we could live next door to my grandparents (and my maternal great grandmother lived on the other side). They were the ones who took care of us when my mother had to work and through the summers while we were out of school. They were wonderful for my sister and me! I do not know what we would have done without them. 

This photo was taken at my art school graduation in 1990. It was less than a year later that my grandmom died (1928-1991). Grandpop lived until he was 81 (1926-2007).

Missy heart

by Missy Berryann G2G6 Pilot (130k points)
Thank you Missy for sharing your dear story about moving next door to your loving grandparents. Know they must have loved you very much.

Thank you, Alexis!  heart

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Great grand aunt Catherine Taylor Coleman must have been thankful to have five living children nearby as she was a widow, nearing the age of 80. 

by C Ryder G2G6 Mach 8 (81.9k points)
What a magnificent photo c. Thank you for sharing
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My wife's paternal grandfather was captured by Russian soldiers in May 1945 in Kurland.
He was a prisoner of war in the Potporosche camp near Leningrad until 1950.

Through this small newspaper article in the Segeberger Kreis- und Tageblatt in January 1950, his acquaintances heard that Gustav Ernst Petersen had come home from captivity as a prisoner of war after a short stopover in the Friedland transit camp in Hesse.
A few days earlier he had sent a short telegram from Friedland to his family: "Come home! Gustav.

You can imagine how this message was received with gratitude in the small village of Heiderfeld in the Segeberg county. They were thankful that he finally and above all unhurt came home.

by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
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This is the grave of Mum Bett, also known as Elizabeth Freeman, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. There is a lot of gratitude in this picture.

Mum Bett was a slave belonging to John Ashley. In 1780, she heard the words of the new Massachusetts
Constitution: " all men are born free and equal." Realizing that these words applied to her, she appealed to Theodore Sedgwick, a local lawyer and abolitionist, who successfully won her freedom.

In gratitude to him, she worked for him for many years.

When she died, the Sedgwick family, in gratitude for her many years of service, "in which she never violated a trust nor failed to perform a duty," buried her in the Sedgwick family plot. She is the non-family member so honored.

In gratitude for her role in the fight for equal rights, people honor her grave with memorial stones. When I was there, someone had brought her a miniature pumpkin.

The Elizabeth Freeman Center, a woman's crisis center in nearby Pittsfield, is named in her honor. In gratitude for their work, i have made quilts for the children brought to the shelter, and in return, I have received a thank-you note.

by Joyce Vander Bogart G2G6 Pilot (118k points)
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I am very thankful for the full lives that my wife and I have had together.  And the opportunity to raise a great family.

We had made it 50 years in 2013 ... below is an article about the anniversary.

by Bill Sims G2G6 Pilot (117k points)
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 My family and friends were all thankful to be together for this group picture. My cousin visited the family at the same time that friends also were visiting. No one planned this coincidence but here we are together.

by Marion Ceruti G2G6 Pilot (152k points)
edited by Marion Ceruti
Oh dear. No picture.
Mostly the problem is the privacy setting.

Marion please change the privacy of the picture to public then we all can see it.
Is the image visible now?
Yes it is; but only half because the image is too big.

Click on the image above and set the width to 500 and it will have the right size
Thank you, Dieter. I tried 550 and it worked.
Thanks, Dieter and Marion, for persisting. I love seeing people's pictures. I wish it were easier to post them properly.
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We were all thankful that my Grandma was well enough to pose with us for this last photo, taken in August 1960, eight months before she died.

by Christine Frost G2G6 Pilot (101k points)

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