Born October 5, 1913, she immigrated to America on the SS Carpathia with her parents and three of her six siblings (the others were yet to be born). They arrived on December 2th,1919 on the SS Carpathia.
She moved to England in her twenties and worked as a companion to an elderly woman. She joined Women’s Royal Air Force just a week after Sarah Churchill, in 1941. She met my grandfather and married him in 1942. She had almost completed her first BA, but her college in London had been hit by the Blitz and all records were lost. She was told if she could find three professors to vouch for her, the school would transfer her credits. Unable to do this, she began again when she relocated to the U.S.
After she moved back to the States, she had six children, two are still living. Of those who have died one was a twin who was stillborn, two died in their twenties, and my father who died almost two years ago.
During this time she finished her second B.A. completed a M.A. a M.F.A. and a Ph.D. She has written several books, contributed many articles to the MetroWest Daily News and painted many beautiful pieces of art.
An amazing storyteller, for decades she has regaled us with tales of her life and our heritage. Stories of her family, about putting out magnesium bombs in London during WWII, and of our ancestors in Roman times.
Happy Birthday to Nana, someone who enriches us with her presence, wisdom and we are lucky to have in our lives. If you have met or know Nana, feel free to call or send a card. I am sure she would love to hear from you. If you need her number or address please contact me.
Beautiful Julia! Jane