|Born 1757 in North Carolina; died 1846 in Tennessee.|
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My maternal grandmother, Easie Mae Stroud was born 111 years ago today, March 10, 1904, to Farl and Sarah (Sparks) Stroud in Madison County, Arkansas.
After high school, she was a teacher at the Alabam School in Madison County. She married my grandfather, George Newton Stanfill, on November 20, 1925.
She and George lived in Madison and tried farming, then moved to Elk, Kansas for a short time before finally settling in Nowata, Oklahoma, where they opened a grocery store. Two more stores were later opened in nearby towns. They had two children, Eugene, born in 1928, and my mother, Joyce Sue, in 1931.
In August of 1941, George became ill with encephalitis and died at the age of 38. A month later, the store in Nowata burned down. Easie had the store, and a creamery, rebuilt and reopened several months later. In 1949, she sold her businesses when she married Wesley Berry.
She and Wes remained in Nowata for the rest of their lives. She was active in church and several local civic organizations, and seemed to stay busy every day. And she was an awesome cook.
Wes passed away in 1981 and Grandma continued to live in their house until her own death after a heart attack in November 1990.
|Farl and Sarah Stroud with children Earl and Easie, about 1905|
|George and Easie Stanfill|
|Easie (left), employee Velma and Joyce Sue (front) at Stanfill Grocery in Nowata, Oklahoma|
|Wes and Easie Berry's wedding photo|
|Easie Berry 1950s|
Sunday, March 8, 2015
|Maternal grandmother (center), Easie Stroud Stanfill Berry|
|Paternal grandmother, Mary Herndon Fuller Rose|
|Maternal great-grandmother Drusie Dorsey Stanfill & family|
|Maternal great-grandmother Sarah Sparks Stroud & family|
|Paternal great-grandmother (center) Sarah Anna Sanders Rose & family|
|Paternal great-grandmother Mary Herndon Fuller|
|Maternal great-great-grandmother, Rachel Baird Stanfill|