Born in 1886, Gertie homesteaded from Kansas to Illinois with her family.  She was an extremely hard worker and fantastic pie-baker.  

She and her beloved Fay celebrated 75 years of marriage, and I rmember my grandparents walking hand-in-hand to the grocery store just a block away.  Gertie lived to be 102 and never lost her smile or sense of humor.

Original is in a private collection.