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Sylvia Pope Brown

Grandmother and light of my life

The weekend she died, she told me that I had been the light of her life. But she taught me about strength, faith, and living life exactly as you pleased. Grams sent a husband and three brothers off to World War II – Gramps was at Normandy, Uncle Leland was the first plane through the Burma pass, Uncle Dillon was a flight instructor who didn’t lose a single pilot in the War, and Uncle Rudy was shot down over Germany and spent almost a year as a German POW. Grams and Gramps traveled the world with the Army – she had a son in Rio de Janeiro, taught school in Tehran, and took up painting in Tokyo. Grams bought a new station wagon every three years – but the same model in the same color so the neighbors wouldn’t know. Grams had three copies of Robert’s Rules of Order and two of Emily Post – because you should always know how things should be done. Grams taught me the art of making gravy – but leaving the rest of Christmas dinner for someone else.

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