Althea Cody Shelton 1 May 1905 -- 10 June 2008. Widowed young, she raised three children, grew most of the food and made most of the clothes. She was an inspiration to all who knew her.

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Comments (12)

Tony Reid on July 5, 2008

Wow, sounds like quite a life.

RIP, Althea

MaryKnapp on July 5, 2008

Yes Tony. She was quite a lady. Thanks for commenting. Cheers, Mary

MaryKnapp on July 7, 2008

Here is the floralversion of a beautiful Althea, thanks to Jan de Boer*.

©Toodleberry on July 9, 2008

Hi MaryKnapp,

I came to your photos through the one that you keep going back to because it haunts you. This picture just pulled at my heart-strings. She looks like she had a good life through the love of her family, children and her grandchildren, like yourself (and the crocheted blanket) {looks comfy]. I hope that this stranger's comments makes you feel a little bit better. The only thing I can say about dealing with someone's passing is that it sucks, and I do not know exactly what it feels like for you because your own experience is exactly that. I have lost all of my grandparents very young and also lost my dad in '99 and my mother in 2002, and we all go through it differently. I am glad to see a picture of your grandmother who did everything herself. My gran'ma sewed too (she made the outfit). When my dad died, I ran into a friend on the subway (an emotionally cold place) and he told me, "look for signs of in a smile from someone you like, something you like to look at, something lovely, or just a really bad joke you find funny. I'm sorry for your loss but I can tell by this photograph that you have only lost the body, but your grandmother's soul is with always be with you. You can muse through her in you photography. Good luck. It's tough but you'll learn to live. :.)

Cheers from Brooklyn,


MaryKnapp on July 10, 2008

Thanks, Chris, for your visit to my gallery and appreciation for my titles. Nobody has commented on them before. If you have experienced the condo lifestyle, which I fortunately haven't, you will appreciate the irony of this title. Althea was my neighbor in Tennessee, where we own land only, but she was a grandmother to everyone. Thanks for your kind sentiments. Cheers from Miami, Mary

ANDRE GARDELLA on August 27, 2008

And she will live on in the heart of all who were inspired by the way she lived, the love she gave and all the little things her heart and hands created.

A simple and true portrait of a beautiful human being.

From the other side of our world.

MaryKnapp on August 28, 2008

Thanks, Andre, for your kind and appreciative words. It's so easy to forget how powerful a simple life can be. I have had limited Panoramio time lately I am looking forward to a leisurely visit to your new photos. Warm greetings from Miami, Mary

Kathy Keener on December 17, 2008

Althea reminds me of my grandmother, Leatha!

MaryKnapp on December 17, 2008

That must have been a popular name Kathy. Althea's neighbor was named Leatha.

Greetings, mary

Art Anderson on December 17, 2008

Mary, I felt it but for some reason didn't comment on it. You said welcome to me the first time you commented on one of my pictures. Thank you. There is a lot in this place that is welcoming but I feel the community that lives in these pictures and the comments to them and I appreciate your reaching out beyond the camera critiques to welcome me in. After reading this thread of comments on your wonderful picture honoring Althea's life my feelings about this community grew stronger. -Art

MaryKnapp on December 17, 2008

You are most welcome Art. It is indeed a community, at once close-knit and vast. You will discover the same names cropping up, as well as new names all the time. It is a truly viral community. I wish I had the mathematical chops to describe it algorithmically.

If you go to the favorites list of photographers you like, you will find many varied offerings. I love abstract photography and have a number of favorites who specialize in that.

To add a favorite, click on the star outline at the top of that person's home gallery, or you can give a YS to a particular photo in the same way. Once you have identified your favorites, Panoramio will notify you, if you wish, any time they upload new photos.

And there's much more, but you will discover it for yourself

warm regards, Mary

Gth1947 on March 13, 2013

denke an meine Großmütter.......

Pergynth vom Ammersee*

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