Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ruth Spencer

Ruth was one of my dad's older sisters do not know much about her other than she took good care of my Dad when he was young. She had died around the age of 18 she had worked out side in the heat of a summer day and had gotten sun burned. I was told that she had died because of it. Dad lost another sister when she was about 8 due to a bad heart and another baby was born dead due to a bad delivery.The heartache my Grandmother had to endure.
Ruth had started to take art classes and for some reason she took my dad along with her he was around the age of seven. The art teacher let my dad participate in the class , he would draw his art on the back of recycled cardboard boxes.As far as I know this the only thing we have of Ruth's.
Another story tells about Ruth is taking him to the zoo it was a day of fun for my Dad he really appreciated the fact that she took time just for him.
















































His father was a hard man I guess you could say birthdays, holidays were never made special. So for Christmas I took Dad's art work and framed it up for him. I get such a chuckle when I had called my friend to come down to look at the art my Dad had done as a child. She had envisioned the usual scribblings of a child and could not figure out why I had gone to such bother, well I bet you can see why now. When Dad opened up the gift the first thing he said was "I think I painted these pictures"





6 comments:

Briggs: Party of Six said...

Thank you for sharing this, I did not know that Ruth took Grandpa with her to art classes. I love how the pictures turned out and I covet the prints. Grandpa had a talent here, and I see where his daughters have picked up some of his artistic abilities.. Not to mention a few of his grandchildren as well.

Sioux said...

Amazing - I don't think I've ever seen a pix of her. What's even more amazing is how much Cheryl and Cali resemble her! Family genes really fit well, don't they. Interesting story about the art.

Vickers said...

You know the saying, "Still waters run deep". Your dad was a quiet, unassuming man with great talents, and an even greater way with people. We all miss him. You are so smart to have framed his work and preserved it.

Yvonne said...

They look great in those frames. In my opinion they are well worth framing! What a precious rememberence of your dad this must be!

Cara said...

Thanks for the family story and the artwork. We are so blessed to live in a time with advanced medicine where things like too much sun are easily treated.

Stephanie said...

Great pictures! It is wonderful to see pictures of Aunt Ruth and put a face to a name I have heard so often. I'm glad I'm not the only one who saw the resemblance between Aunt Ruth and Mom and Cali. It struck me right away. Those are some pretty cute grandkids you have and Kyleigh makes an awesome Rosie the Riveter.