Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
Carol Perkins: My grandmother and her sister Annie
'People in their communities gravitated toward my grandmother and her sister. I hope I can live my life as they did,' Carol Perkins writes as she looks back on wonderful memories of her grandmother Bettie Strange Reece. and her sister, Annie Strange Reece, memories of Adair County, and Metcalfe, and of Glasgow and Bowling Green times.
Next previous Carol Perkins column: Carol Perkins: On spending money
By Carol Perkins
I was driving down North Race Street headed toward the square and slowed in front of a familiar house. "You remember this house don't you?" I said to my mother. She immediately replied, "Yes, it was Aunt Annie's." My great aunt and uncle, Annie and Lenis Reece, lived in this white clapboard house with the half porch that wrapped around the side, and I spent many afternoons sitting in the swing while my grandmother visited her only sister. The house, the yard, and the street seemed much larger then.
Aunt Annie was the former Annie Strange, sister of my grandmother Bettie Strange. They grew up in Adair County. Annie married Lenis Reece and Bettie married Rufus Reece, who were related, but not brothers.
Aunt Annie was a petite woman who rose every morning, rolled her hair, and dressed for the day as if she were going to an event. I never saw her that she didn't look picture perfect even in her "duster." I equated her style with Rose Kennedy's. Her clothing was tasteful and so was her house. She knew how to set a table and decorate without the benefit of HGTV.
Aunt Annie (Strange) married Lenis Reece, who was a teacher and a principal. I never saw Uncle Lenis without his suit even after he retired. My mother and her siblings were very close to Aunt Annie's children: Morris, Edna, Jesse, Billy Ann, Jackie, Jerry, Helen and Carter. I never knew Morris, Edna, or Helen, but I would come to know the rest of the children and many of their children.
I liked visiting Aunt Annie because she was witty and fun. She laughed easily and when my grandmother was with her, she was like a little girl. The two of them were quite a pair. At the time, I thought they were both old. They were probably in their 60's, which is younger than I am now.
Aunt Annie and Uncle Lenis eventually moved to Bowling Green to be near one of their granddaughters. Their home was down a street from the old hospital near the water tower. I just knew when I parked my car out front, it was going to jump out of park and end up near the square. Even as both sisters aged, we family members continued to take my grandmother to see "Sister Annie" or her sister came to see her.
I especially remember one time when they fussed about clothing. Aunt Annie knew my grandmother could afford "store bought" dresses but would not buy herself any. She liked her dresses and made them because she liked to sew and they fit her. Aunt Annie wanted her to have some more stylish ones from Norman's or Pushin's.
"Bettie, you come down here and we'll go shopping. I'll help you pick out some dresses." My grandmother didn't see anything wrong with hers and left in a huff. They were both in their early 80's by then.
Later I said to my mother, "I can't believe they "got into it."
My mother said, "That's just being sisters." She was right.
People in their communities gravitated toward my grandmother and her sister. I hope I can live my life as they did.
This story was posted on 2015-09-17 03:57:09
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.
More articles from topic Carol Perkins:
Carol Perkins: On spending money
Carol Perkins: In a small town, it's not about money
Carol Perkins: After $500 consult, still Sleepy in Edmonton, KY
Carol Perkins: Fashion like a lady of the 20s at the beach
Carol Perkins: The Annual Perkins Beach Party
Carol Perkins: Not a sip of milk since 1948
Carol Perkins: Celebrity sighting leads to booking
Carol Perkins: Watermelon and summer
Carol Perkins: Participation keeps one keeping on
Carol Perkins: Send me off
View even more articles in topic Carol Perkins
Bank of Columbia
If You're Thinking of Selling,
Let Us Do the Yelling
Principal Broker & Auctioneer
Burton Real Estate
& Auction Service
Call Us For Appraisals
Click for Listings
On This Site
or Click Here
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.