hummels with dad and aunt roxanne

This photo was taken on Thanksgiving 16 November 1954 (the day the family celebrated, not the actual day). This is Ada (Raifsnider) and Ollie Hummel holding my dad, who was a bit over a month old. My Aunt Roxanne is the little girl; she was almost three.

This picture surprised me because of how much smaller Ada looks compared to other pictures I have of her. However, this was taken a month before Ada died, and she had been quite sick by this point so it makes sense. My dad had said that his grandma got the chance to hold him at least once before she died and I’m sure that was a comfort to his mom, my grandma, afterwards. I know losing her mother was very hard on her from how she used to tell me stories of her parents when I was younger.

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