Iris with my grandmother, Minnie Wood Leatherman.
Here’s a birthday salute to my aunt, Iris, who is 95 today!
The Leatherman Family -- Iris is in the center, holding baby Grace (mom of cousins David, Patty and Mutty)
Iris, Eleanor, Jean (my mom) and Junior, who died aruond the age of 7.
Mom (Jean), Iris and Eleanor
Iris was the oldest of my mom’s sisters, and the only one still alive. And, I might say, doing very well at 95! She lives near her daughter and one of her sons (the other isn’t too far away) so she’s able to see some of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren regularly.
These are the sister on Grace's wedding day -- Grace, Eleanor, Iris and Mom
Iris (also known as “The Big I”) was the first of the women in our family to really be employed outside the home – that was in the 40s, maybe even before. She worked for my grandfather, selling insurance, and a woman I have run into here in town who knew her said she was really one of the first working women in the community that she was aware of. Around the time I was a teen, she and my uncle bought a sporting goods store in Gaylord, Michigan – a town that gets much of its support from vacation tourism. I can still see her working the counters there – she knew everyone, and they all knew her!
Iris is the “Last of the Moms” in my family and so she’s my honorary mom! She’s tough, caring, sentimental, smart, and all together!
Grace's wedding day -- the sisters with my grandparents.