March 17 — Social Butterfly? What social organizations or groups did your mother or grandmother belong to? Sewing circle, church group, fraternal benefit society or lodge? Describe her role in the group.
My mother Betty Mae Peters Porter had always been a social person. She was a socialite in New York and I believe throughout her life in Los Angeles and San Diego. Betty was active in many organizations. She was an active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, San Diego Chapter for many years. She served in leadership positions as a member.
Betty Porter in Blue Dress
Betty Porter and Dr. McFarlin
AKA-San Diego Chapter
March 16 — If you could have lunch (or another meal) with any female family member (living or dead) or any famous female who would it be and why? Where would you go? What would you eat?
There would be so many female ancestors that I would want to spend the day with and have lunch. I think I would plan a large banquet and invite all my female ancestor’s and have each of them talk about their lives and what their world was like during their time-period. I would have a private affair in a large room. Not sure what type of food, but I think I would have various ethnic foods.
Since I can not make up my mind, I decided to choose someone that is not a family ancestor. This person is living. Her name is Barbara Rush. My grandmother Agnes was also one of her designers. I chose Barbara because I have been curious about her since I was a little girl and always wondered why my mother was not still in contact with her. I recently tried to contact Barbara Rush via facebook, and I had no response. Oh Well..
If I had the chance to go out to lunch with her, we would go to a quaint restaurant in Beverly Hills and enjoy any specialty on the menu. I would ask her questions of her relationship with my grandmother Agnes, and Barbara’s life as an actress.
I am on my fifteenth day celebrating Women’s History Month and taking advantage of the Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.
I have to thank Lisa Alzo of the Accidental Genealogist blog for presenting such an awesome idea.
March 15 — Write a six-word memoir tribute to one of your female ancestors.
Here are my Ancestors I am highlighting this day with the six-word memoir.
Betty Mae Peters Porter (My Mother): Educator. Great Humor. Classy Woman. Beautiful.
Agnes Mae Cully Peters (Maternal Grandmother) New York Fashion Designer, Cancer Survivor
Helen Bunn Thompson (Paternal Grandmother) Spiritual. Quilter. Concerned Citizen. Foster Parent.
Nora Ann Gilliam Cully (Maternal Great-Grandmother) Always Pregnant. Pianist. Church-goer. Died Young.
Hannah Singleton-Nelson Gilliam (Maternal Great Great Grandmother) Former Slave. Laundress. Young Widow. Matriarch.
Jane B. Nelson Collins (Maternal Great Great Aunt) Former Slave. Freedom Fighter. Activist. Strong.
March 14 — Newsmakers? Did you have a female ancestor who made the news? Why? Was she famous or notorious? Did she appear in the social column?
I have had many female relatives in various social columns throughout the United States on my maternal side.
When I was going through my Paternal mom’s scrapbook, I came across this clipped out picture of my grandmother’s sister Hattie Bunn Criner who was born in 1914. I am unsure as to what magazine this photo was published in, but she seemed to be very happy. I did not have the opportunity to get to know Hattie, and our encounters were very few.
Apparently she was a housekeeper in her middle ages.
March 13 – Moment of Strength: Share a story where a female ancestor showed courage or strength in a difficult situation.
My Aunt Debra Mitchell Griffin was a very courageous woman. She fought for her life to survive the attack upon her body. She was an awesome spirit and you could see hers through the pictures she would take. She is missed dearly. When I look at her photo and when I remember her, I envision strength.
“I am a Cancer survivor. There is a joy deep in my heart that sings triumphantly and no one can take it away.” ~Debra D. Griffin