At June and Bill Wright's wedding.

June 22, 1940

                                                                    Nana

    On Monday evening Dan, Ted, Paula, the grandchildren, and I reminisced.

    The oldest memories of which we’ve been told date back to Nana’s childhood in Milford.

    At three, she and Ollie became best friends.  The beauty of that friendship has lasted over eighty
    years.  In that time, they never fought - not even once.

    They sat under the table and giggled while Nan’s father recited silly rhymes.  They dressed the cat.  
    They learned the Irish jig together.  Back then, Nana loved to ice skate.  Her father would clamp on the
    skates for her, and Nana would walk close to a mile to reach the pond.  That love of ice skating has
    been passed on to Lisa.

    Nana and Grampa met on the “White Way” when they were nineteen.  

    On one date, they took June to the Ice Capades in Boston to see Sonya Hennie.  They got snowbound
    there.

    Nana and Grampa got married when they were thirty-one.

    Dan’s earliest memories go back to World War II, when Grampa was drafted.  Nana would shovel the
    coal.  She’d take Dan to Milford in the stroller, and then have him walk back up Water Street.  He
    thought it was a million miles.  Nana collected animal fats for one of the war efforts - Patrick’s, when
    delivering groceries, would collect them.

    Dan remembers the vacation with the Ward family on Cooks Brook Road in North Eastham.

    Dan remembers Nana talking about the terrible winter the year Ted was born.

    Ted recalls a trip to Hampton Beach.  They were leaving the Avon Hotel, and somehow Dan got left
    behind.  Some distance down the road, Ted asked where his brother was.

    Ted won a beagle, Snoopy, at the park.  Nana let him keep the dog.  Fifteen children had won before
    Ted, but all had turned down the prize.

    Ted also ate sand in the back yard.  Nana, being a nutritionist, didn’t appreciate that.

    My earliest memory of Nana occurred when I was in college.  I was bringing an article to Dan. Nana
    thought I was the paper girl.

    I dressed up for Halloween that year.  Nana didn’t recognize me and gave me candy.

    I remember my first dinner with the Malloys.  I saw the devotion of the family towards her.  I decided
    than and there I wanted IN.

    Nana and Mil took me to Lowell’s for ice cream, and they brought Cindy, the dog, her own cone.

    For my wedding shower, Nan made the cake and decorated it with blossoms from her own garden.

    Paula and I share common memories, many of them associated with cooking.  She taught Paula how
    to make pie crust.  She gave me a recipe for chocolate cake.  She showed us both how to make gravy.

    Paula remembers how Nana took an eight-month old Lisa for the weekend so she could go to a
    wedding in New Hampshire.

    Holidays have always been special, particularly the Thanksgivings, Christmases, and birthdays
    shared together.  Nana always made the mince and squash pies.

    D. J, CeCe, Lisa, and Greg treasure the Halloweens and Easter egg hunts.

    D. J. Remembers Nana sharing Nova Scotia stories of her family, being poor, eating fish and potatoes
    three times a day.  Nana helped him with a family tree project.  He also remembers her at his
    graduation.

    CeCe remembers going to Nana’s for lunch on her first day of kindergarten.  She recalls Nana and
    Gramps’s visits to her when she was in the hospital.  CeCe has fond memories of Nana’s “little girl”
    stories, and how much Nana loved the sweater she brought her from Greece.

    Lisa remembers the fiftieth anniversary.  Nana hadn’t been well, but she rose to the occasion - she
    always did.  Lisa also recalls Saturday evenings with Nana and Grampa.

    Greg remembers a recent visit to the nursing home.  He had just broken his wrist - his third broken
    bone.  Nana told him he had matched her record, and that was enough. Greg says Nana could always
    make him laugh.

    Nana was a fun-loving person.  She loved music.  She loved square dancing.  She loved the board
    games with Betty and Tom.  Nana loved to travel.  Nana and Grampa went to Florida with my parents.  
    Nana was a talented person - she painted, and she decorated cakes.  Nana was kind - she cared for
    her own mother when she was ill.  Nana always had a smile and never spoke unkindly about anyone.

    To be a part of this remarkable family has been an incredible experience - for Paula, for our children,
    and for me.  We salute Nana, Grampa and their wonderful sons.

    Nana, we hold you in our minds and in our hearts, We will love you forever.

                                                 
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    One of Nana's favorite activities was painting. She took lessons at the Hopedale Community House.
    Doris Cox was the teacher. Nana thought Doris was wonderful, and didn't paint after Doris died.