Doris Graham Cleage – 1923 – 1982

My mother would have turned 91 years old today.  She was 59 when she died  in 1982, 32 years ago.  So much has happened since then.  She never saw either of my sons. She hasn’t seen any of her 11 great grandchildren. We were still living in Simpson County, MS.  Since then we’ve lived in Excelsior Spring, MO; Idlewild, MI and back to Atlanta, GA. Computers hadn’t made their way into our lives. Y2K. 9/11.  The 21st Century. Octavia Butler’s books. She would have loved them.  Detroit under siege. Strange weather. Monsanto. Obama. The Gulf War. The War in Iraq. The war in Afghanistan. Drones. Blogging. All the family history I’ve found. The oral history I’ve  proved right. All the questions I still have.

doris Graham Cleage

Individual Information Sheet my mother filled out for herself.

Individual Information Sheet my mother filled out for herself. I had filled out some information that she corrected. I added the death information much later. She filled this out soon after I started collecting in the late 1970s.

You can read more about my mother in these posts:

Growing Up – In Her Own Words

My Mother Was A Teacher

My Mother 1952

Airports and Answers: Some Thoughts on Lighting by Pearl Cleage

 

 

 

 

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12 Responses to Doris Graham Cleage – 1923 – 1982

  1. Bernita says:

    What a lovely tribute to your mom on her birthday. So sorry to hear that you lost her at an early age. I see where you get your strength from. Your mother was beautiful inside and out. The words used to describe her much warm your heart. Thank you for sharing her day. God bless.

  2. True! says:

    That was a Delight Kristin. So she was meant to be a “Cleage”? This is how I feel about Grandma Eddie. She didn’t get to see Daddy’s children. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Nia Jai says:

    What a lovely tribute. The photographs are just beautiful. Happy Birthday of remembrance.

  4. Happy Birthday to your mother in heaven. This was a lovely tribute! Thank you for sharing her with us.

  5. Elena Herrada says:

    SO Beautiful!!!!

  6. Luckie says:

    Oh Kristin. I believe your Mom has experienced every one of those events you mentioned & been the wind beneath the wings of your research. Your research, interest, gift, meeting me in 2010 & sharing your blogging talents are no accident. Every post is visually lyrical. Knowing you, I bet I would have liked your Mom. And she’s probably up in Heaven getting the low-down on all Octavia’s books that would have been written! I love her writing too!:)

    • Kristin says:

      I feel that but I do miss sharing with her in the here and now and talking about questions we never got to because we were both so young then. She wrote my first family history stories on that branch of the family and told me about Eliza when I was growing up.

  7. Jan Peterson says:

    Beautiful tribute! Love the pictures!

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