Monday, August 9, 2010

Elizabeth Howe Spaulding aka "Tish"

I know she would say, "Ugh, that's a God awful picture of me!" I say, love you Grammie! It's a beautiful picture!

Elizabeth Howe Spaulding was a woman of great pride and dignity who could sew, knit or needlepoint anything! Life was never about have nots, but the love and abundance of the haves.

She gave birth to 3 daughters and 3 sons (a biological Brady Bunch), who then gave birth to a small army of children who share the same pride of calling each other cousins and yes 2nd cousins. This army consists of 13 grandchildren and 17 (1 due this week) great-grandchildren. It's hard to piece together the thought process of not having her here, she's not suppose to be gone, she's Grammie. The Family Matriarch, the Leader of the Pack, Momma Bear out to protect her young. She was a tough nut and a even tougher one when it came to stakes of the heart. She loved with her entire body and soul, whole hearted and never faltered. Unless you pissed her off, then you knew you were in trouble and on that list you hoped to get off of fast!

You could say she lived a very full life and died of a broken heart. My grandmother had a bad ticker and fought it for many years. I guess it was too full of love to give up on us :-)

As for Grandmothers she was one of the best, her picture should be beside the definition in Webster... She made the best homemade doughnuts (this is a universal truth), bread, muffins, anything with a bit of flour and that could rise. Handmade gifts sewn with the threads of her being, and hugs and kisses that could make the biggest iceberg melt, I bet she added to Global Warming ;-) She would share in the deepest conversations and make you laugh at the smallest things. She was blessed with a head of snow white hair at a very young age, she easily could of passed for Mrs. Claus, but you'd be wise not to tell that to her face.

We are all at a loss with out her here, she always knew the direction and led us down the righteous path.

Lead us still with your memory, I will miss you greatly and my heart aches with out you here, but I know now yours is healed - may your soul bless all that were lucky enough to call you Grammie...

Rest in peace...

Your loving granddaughter,
Jacqueline Elizabeth Derrick Henry, 6th grandchild...


  1. i am so sorry for your loss but love the great memories

  2. Dear Jackie,I grew up in Wilder on Gillette st and I remember my mother making mention of Tish they had become friendly with one another, they also both sold avon together. I recall Mom saying what a strong lady Tish was, and she put so much into her family, and marriage and certainly had her share of heartaches but mom admired her strength, Tish would always pop in to say hello to mom at work she worked for JcPenney, I think they were a good source of encouragement for each other at times, mom was still grieving for the loss of my father. Tish and mom would see each other from time to time over the years, then mom had to give up her job and move closer to her daughters, sadly we lost her in Aug 1998. I just wanted to let say to you what a wonderful thing you have written about Tish I did not know her but it moved me to tears.I just happened to see her obit and found your blog, what a loving tribute. I am so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Jennie R Cutter


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My name is Jackie and I am a mother, wife, friend, sister, daughter, cousin to many, and a dreamer of sorts. I dream of many things and one is a life full of acceptance, achievement and success for my Super Hero son Asa. He's got extra good stuff that comes with a little thing called Down syndrome. We live in the beautiful state of New Hampshire with our 2 Bulldogs; Rosie, Frankie and 36 chickens.