When I saw the 52 Ancestors theme this week at No Story Too Small was "Live Long", I knew exactly who I'd write about. My great grandmother lived to be 102 years old.
Flora Sophia Maggie Hasemeyer was born in Pueblo Colorado March 31, 1889. Her parents, Dietrich Hasemeyer and Magda Schmidt had both immigrated to America from Germany, and met and married in Colorado. She was the oldest of 4 children.
In 1909, at the age of 20 she married Thomas Edwards. The moved to Carbon County Utah where Thomas worked as a coal miner. Together they had 4 children (2 girls, 2 boys). After 22 years of marriage, Thomas was killed in a mining accident. With 4 teenagers to support (well, the youngest child was only 10) she went to work. Her mother also moved in with them. Then, in 1937 Flora's oldest child Elizabeth died in childbirth, and she took in her son-in-law and 3 young grandchildren to help raise them.
In 1943 she got remarried, to a local Mormon named William Monte Pilling. By then her own 3 living children were out of the house, as were William's 5 children. He died just 3 years later.
Flora continued to live in Utah until her death on Aug 27, 1991, at the age of 102 and 5 months. She was buried in the Price City Cemetery, where both her husbands were also buried (but not actually next to either one).
Dietrich Henry Hasemeyer (1859-1925)
Magda Elizabeth Schmidt (1865-1949)
Mabel Wilhemina Etta Hasemeyer (1890-1982)
Clyde Frederick Henry Hasemeyer (1893-1986)
Elmer August Hasemeyer (1894-1979)
Thomas Edwards (1888-1931)
William Monte Pilling (1895-1946)
Elizabeth Maryanne Edwards (1911-1937)
Edward Henry Edwards (1912-2012)
Helen Evaline Edwards (1913-2011)
Wilford George Edwards (1921-2008)