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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

My Great (and I do mean Great) Aunt Peg

Margaret Ann Larue Murray, about 1920- Posted by Hello
Great-Aunt Peg, my maternal grandmother's sister, was born about 1913 in Carroll County, Maryland. She was the youngest of three sisters who were left motherless during the influenza pandemic, on March 11, 1917.
Their father John Edward Murray kept the family intact, although his wife's Shipley family offered to take in the girls. As a teacher (and a farmer), he made sure they received a good education. Aunt Peg frequently mentioned his lessons on the importance of being thrifty, something she held dear to her heart.
My mother corresponded frequently with her Aunt. Soon after my mother's death in 1992, I received a letter (from Aunt Peg) written on the backs of those AdServer coupons we all receive in the mail... a full 10 pages of closely written script in which she'd finished the leftover ink of three different pens! It was entitled "My History Of The Family" and included her memories, as well as stories passed down through the family. Note: Last year I transcribed this letter, and forwarded it to The Shipleys Of Maryland for their archives.
Among the information found on the document was the fact that Aunt Peg had obtained her Masters Degree in Education, something of which I was unaware. She taught for forty-two years in Carroll County schools before retiring.
There are a lot of stories in those pages which I choose to retell at a later date... ahhh, blog fodder!
Although engaged once, she never married, and passed away in January of 1996. In typical Aunt Peg style, she always considered herself "an unclaimed blessing."
She may have been unclaimed, but she truly was a blessing.

Further note: My stats show that several people have Googled "great aunt peg" and come to this posting. If they were indeed looking for "the great aunt peg" who is a porn star, well what can I say except I'm sorry!


Blogger Susie said...

I like that, "unclaimed blessing." I like that a lot. Even as a little thing, she looks so very competent!

8:33 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

I loved that too, especially since it was something she said!
Competent and perhaps headstrong would be apt descriptions of this woman.
When we went back to visit her in 1992, all the locals were calling her "Miss Peg" or "Miss Murray" which I found enchanting. It reminded me of a Southern belle who might succomb to the vapors, although that would be something she would never do!

10:34 AM  
Blogger Hermes said...

She looks like Ann of Green Gables what with those pigtails and her schoolhouse writing "slate."

Makes me want to tug on her pigtails and call her "carrot."

11:51 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

If anyone pulled her pigtails (or dipped them in an inkwell) she'd likely drag you home to the farm and feed you to the pigs!
I have an old newpaper article featuring her at age 74 (?), shoveling snow and glad to be able to do it!

2:39 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Sierrabella, e-mail me, I have something I want to share regarding this post. My PC isn't set up so I can send e-mails without the full address showing.

7:05 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

I just emailed you! Can't wait to hear whatever it is that you need to tell...
Just in case- no, I don't have a picture of Aunt Peg in assless chaps!

7:56 PM  

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