Why Grandparents Are Important

Why Grandparents Are Important

Blessed to know my paternal and maternal grandmothers, I have come to understand the great value of having a grandparent in my life. That value was greatly enriched for me when my paternal grandmother, Verneil Parker, passed away in 1995. With her passing I learned early that grandparents are precious jewels that should never be taken for granted. Grandparents serve an important role in both the family and community at large.

Bernice Myles was honored for chairing the annual Grandparents Day.

When founder, Marian McQuade, championed the cause for Grandparents Day in the late 1970s, she recognized the need to help elderly people in nursing homes balanced with the need to motivate grandchildren to tap into the wisdom and heritage grandparents could provide. It is with this spirit that many have studied the role of the grandparent and have documented the sociological and psychological impact they have in society.

In an article by Sara Green entitled “Grandma’s Hands: Parental Perceptions of the Importance of Grandparents as Secondary Caregivers in families of Children With Disabilities,” she conducts a survey which describes the impact of grandparents.

Jimmie Roller, 42, was honored as the Youngest Grandparent, during the event. Pinkie Jefferson, age 82, was named “Oldest Grandparent.”

First, the survey found that grandparents are a common source of weekly assistance significantly more common than other relatives or friends and neighbors. Secondly, where grandparents participate, the number of other sources of support is also higher. Lastly, the article states that “help from grandparents has a positive, while the number of other sources of help has a negative, relationship to parental ability to maintain a positive emotional outlook and avoid physical exhaustion.” (Green) In other words, having help from a grandparent can be more beneficial and provide a much healthier and positive environment, than help from having a nanny or a babysitter.

In a study conducted by the Montana State University, the researchers identify four roles that grandparents play.  1) Family watchdog, 2) nurturer, 3) family historian, and 4) companion.  Although this list is not exhaustive, the research done by this university as well as other studies on confirm what most grandparents already know. They are not only important but are significant in the helping maintain the family and cultivate the generations coming up behind them. More than anything, some of these studies I believe, studies serve to confirm and validate the need for grandparents in our society and show that their role extends beyond the family setting.

Pearl Warren, 70, was honored for “Most Grandchildren” 64!

For the past two years I have had the opportunity to practice in the area of elder law as a Staff Attorney at Legal Services of South Central Michigan in Battle Creek. In that role, I have met so many wonderful seniors. In meeting these seniors, different from my non-senior clients, I occasionally find that although they are coming to me to seeking legal advice, I leave the meeting gaining a little knowledge or wisdom about life in general for myself.

What I have also gained in working with so many seniors is that the role of grandparent isn’t just limited to those biologically connected. I guess this is what Marian McQuade envisioned when advocating grandparents day.

As I reflect on my own life, while blessed to have a wonderful and supportive biological grandmother in Lois Key, there are some others, that I have no blood relation too, who have taken on the role of being a grandparent in my life. Having the helping hands of these surrogates has been just as instrumental and important in helping me to become the person I am today!

Shaping the lives of young people, being a positive influence and molding the next generations is probably the most significant role that grandparents play.  Beyond statistical data, the true evidence of the importance of grandparents lies in the countless stories of hope, encouragement and love that can be told by men, women and children from all walks of life.  I believe the late Alex Haley summed it up best when he said, “Grandparents do more for us than anyone else in the world; they sprinkle stardust in our eyes.” 

Happy Grandparents Day!

 

Mary B Myles Davis

CITING THIS RECORD
“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K492-LG7 : 20 May 2014), Mary B Myles Davis, 04 Apr 2012; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

United States Census, 1930 Mississippi Carroll Beat 4 ED 8

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United States Census, 1930 Mississippi Carroll Beat 4 ED 8

United States Census, 1930 Mississippi Carroll Beat 4 ED 8
“United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-22754-6600-10?cc=1810731 : 8 December 2015), Mississippi > Carroll > Beat 4 > ED 8 > image 19 of 34; citing NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002).
Name Walter Lowe
Event Type Census
Event Date 1930
Event Place Beat 4, Carroll, Mississippi, United States
Gender Male
Age 3
Marital Status Single
Race Negro
Race (Original) Negro
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Son
Birth Year (Estimated) 1927
Birthplace Mississippi
Father’s Birthplace Mississippi
Mother’s Birthplace Mississippi
Sheet Letter A
Sheet Number 10
Household
Role
Gender
Age
Birthplace
Walter Lowe Head M 31 Mississippi
Lorena Lowe Wife F 22 Mississippi
Walter Lowe Son M 3 Mississippi
Ruby L Lowe Daughter F 2 Mississippi
“United States Census, 1930”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XMBX-RS3 : 8 December 2015), Walter Lowe in entry for Walter Lowe, 1930.

Roosevelt Lowe, Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994

Roosevelt Lowe, Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994

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Name Roosevelt Lowe
Event Type Death
Event Date 11 Apr 1955
Event Place Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
Address 4735 So Dearborn
Gender Male
Age 48
Marital Status Married
Race Black
Occupation Truck Driver
Birth Date 18 Aug 1906
Birthplace Greenwood, , Mississippi
Funeral Home Metropolitan Funeral Parlors
Burial Date 16 Apr 1955
Burial Place Worth, , Illinois
Cemetery Lincoln
Father’s Name Miles Lowe
Mother’s Name Henrietta Harries
Spouse’s Name Beatrice Lowe
Spouse’s Gender Female
Informant’s Name Beatrice Lowe
Entry Number 25101
Residence Place 4735 So Dearborn
“Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVRN-N12X : 17 May 2016), Roosevelt Lowe, 11 Apr 1955; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, source reference , record number , Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm .

Ophelia (HOLLOWAY) KING SMITH

Descendancy for Ophelia (HOLLOWAY) KING SMITH 1-Ophelia (HOLLOWAY) KING SMITH b. 1896, Tennessee, d. Yes, date unknown +Joe KING b. 1874, Arkansas, d. Abt 1927, Arkansas 2-Allen KING b. 1912, Arkansas, d. Aft 1930 2-James Howard KING b. 25 Jul 1915, Blytheville, Arkansas, d. 7 Dec 1989, South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana +Marvin SMITH b. 1890, Tennessee, d. Yes, date unknown 2-Helen SMITH b. 1930, d. Yes, date unknown 2-Hazel SMITH b. 1932, Arkansas, d. Yes, date unknown 2-John Edward SMITH b. 15 Nov 1932, Luxora, Arkansas, d. 13 Mar 2013 2-Argetha SMITH b. 1936, d. Yes, date unknown

Generation: 1

  1. 1. Ophelia (HOLLOWAY) KING SMITH was born 1896, Tennessee; died Yes, date unknown.Ophelia married Joe KING 6 Sep 1919, Clear Lake, Arkansas. Joe was born 1874, Arkansas; died Abt 1927, Arkansas. [Group Sheet]

    Children:

    1. 2. Allen KING  Descendancy chart to this point was born 1912, Arkansas; died Aft 1930.
    2. 3. James Howard KING  Descendancy chart to this point was born 25 Jul 1915, Blytheville, Arkansas; died 7 Dec 1989, South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana.

    Ophelia — Marvin SMITH. Marvin was born 1890, Tennessee; died Yes, date unknown. [Group Sheet]

    Children:

    1. 4. Helen SMITH  Descendancy chart to this point was born 1930; died Yes, date unknown.
    2. 5. Hazel SMITH  Descendancy chart to this point was born 1932, Arkansas; died Yes, date unknown.
    3. 6. John Edward SMITH  Descendancy chart to this point was born 15 Nov 1932, Luxora, Arkansas; died 13 Mar 2013.
    4. 7. Argetha SMITH  Descendancy chart to this point was born 1936; died Yes, date unknown.
Name Ophelia (HOLLOWAY) KING SMITH
Born 1896 Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
Gender Female
Residence 1920 Clear Lake, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location
Died Yes, date unknown
Person ID I468 Family and Kin

United States Census 1940 Arkansas Ashley Wilmot Township, Wilmot 2-27 Wilmot Township, Wilmot Town

L R Washington

United States Census, 1940
Name L R Washington
Event Type Census
Event Date 1940
Event Place Wilmot, Wilmot Township, Ashley, Arkansas, United States
Gender Male
Age 49
Marital Status Married
Race (Original) Negro
Race Negro
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Head
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Birthplace Louisiana
Birth Year (Estimated) 1891
Last Place of Residence Same Place
HOUSEHOLD
ROLE
GENDER
AGE
BIRTHPLACE
L R Washington Head M 49 Louisiana
Minnie B Washington Wife F 34 Louisiana
L V Washington Daughter F 12 Arkansas
Lovell Washington Son M 9 Arkansas
Nannie R Washington Daughter F 7 Arkansas
George W Washington Son M 5 Arkansas
Myrtle Washington Daughter F 3 Arkansas
CITING THIS RECORD

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQVM-ZTC : accessed 18 September 2016), L R Washington, Wilmot, Wilmot Township, Ashley, Arkansas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 2-27, sheet 5A, family 88, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 117.

Buster W. WHEELER, Jr. OBITUARY

Buster W. WHEELER, Jr. OBITUARY

BUSTER WHEELER, JR.

Was born on April 15, 1925, to the late Buster Wheeler Sr. and Lucinda Lowe Keys, in Greenwood, Mississippi. In 1943, he moved to Chicago, Illinois and relocated to Gary, Indiana nine years later. At an early age, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. In June, 1946, he was joined in Holy Matrimony to Stella Brooks. He then united with the New Revelation Baptist Church in 1956, where he was a faithful and committed servant to God. He rendered his services to the Male Chorus, Usher Board, and many other auxiliaries in the Church, as well as around the city. He was also a member of a local quartet group. He served as a Vice-President Committee Person. Buster was a participant in the C. C. Camp during World War II. He was a Mail Handler for Santa Fe Railroads (which is now known as Amtrak) for 40 years, before retiring in 1987. He also was an Independent Truck Driver for U. S. Steel Corp. and a Security Guard for many years. On Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at 1:25 P.M., God sent His Angel to gently and quietly claimed His own into His fold. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Henrietta Keys Friday, Sallie Mae Adams and Mahalia Keys Peeples; and four brothers, Norman Keys, William Keys, Miles Keys, and Willie “K.C.” Wheeler. He leaves to cherish his memories, his devoted and loving wife, Stella Wheeler; six children, Perry (Joyce) of Norwalk, CA, Beverly Dorsey of Tustin, CA, Melvin of Crystal Springs, MS, Eric (Cathy) of Columbus, OH, Sharon Franklin of Apple Valley, CA, and Marilyn (Marvin) Evans of Kansas City, KS; twelve grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; one sister, Carrie Bell Keys Stansberry of Chicago, Illinois; one brother, William T. Wheeler of Indianapolis, IN; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends
Visitation Monday, April 7, 2003 from 12 Noon to 8:00 P.M. at the Guy & Allen Chapel, 2959 W. 11th Avenue, Gary. Funeral services Tuesday, April 8, 2003 at 11:00 A.M. at New Revelation Baptist Church, 3140 West 21st Avenue, Gary. Rev. R. T. Mitchell officiating. Interment Evergreen Cemetery. Professional services rendered by Guy & Allen Funeral Directors, Inc.

United States Census 1900 Mississippi Carroll ED 19 Beat 4 Carrollton and North Carrollton towns

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United States Census 1900 Mississippi Carroll ED 19 Beat 4 Carrollton and North Carrollton towns

United States Census 1900 Mississippi Carroll ED 19 Beat 4 Carrollton and North Carrollton towns
CITING THIS RECORD

“United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M966-FJS : 20 January 2015), Norman Keys in household of Sam Keys, Beat 4 Carrollton & North Carrollton towns, Carroll, Mississippi, United States; citing sheet 10A, family 185, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,240,802.

Sallie E (LOWE) SIMMONS

Sallie E (LOWE) SIMMONS

Sallie E (LOWE) SIMMONS
Sallie E (LOWE) SIMMONS

 

 

Name Sallie E (LOWE) SIMMONS
Born 10 Dec 1891 Carroll County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location
Gender Female
Residence 1900 Beat 4, Carroll, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  [2]
Marital Status: SingleRelation to Head of House: Daughter
Residence 1910 Leflore, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location
Residence 1910 Beat 3, Leflore, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  [3]
Marital Status: SingleRelation to Head of House: Daughter
Died 3 Dec 1985 Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location
Notes 
  • Memorial Services were held Thursday, Dec. 5, 1985, at 2 p.m. from Spring Hill M.B. Church for Mrs. Sallie Simmons, 93, of Greenwood, a retired domestic. Mrs. Simmons died in a house fire Tuesday, Dec. 3, at her residence.

    A member of Spring Hill M.B. Church, Mrs. Simmons is survived by two daughters, Mary Simmons and Mrs. Octavia Hill, both of Greenwood, a son, Shep Simmons, Jr. of Greenwood, 25 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.

    Services were preached by the Rev. W.M. Evans and burial was in Hogue Cemetery. Community Mortuary, Inc. handled arrangements.

    The Winona Times
    Winona, MS
    December 19, 1985

Person ID I41 Family and Kin | Lowe
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Father Miles LOWE,   b. 1868, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1930, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 63 years)
Mother Henrietta / Henretta (HARRIS) LOWE,   b. Mar 1875, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location
Married 21 Jan 1888 Carroll, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location
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United States Census, 1910, Lowe

United States Census, 1910, Lowe
United States Census, 1910, Lowe

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miles-low_record_image1900census
Family ID F34 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

 

Family John Shepard / Skip SIMMONS, Sr.,   b. 25 Dec 1888, New Bern, Craven, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1976, Greenwood, Leflore, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 87 years)
Married 1911
Children 
+ 1. Miles Luther SIMMONS,   b. 8 Jun 1914, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1979  (Age 64 years)
+ 2. Mary Henrietta SIMMONS,   b. 1 May 1916,   d. 3 Jun 2002  (Age 86 years)
3. Isilena / Isolina SIMMONS,   b. 1918
+ 4. Lorie (SIMMONS) MILLER,   b. 1921, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
5. Octavious / Octavia (SIMMONS) HILL,   b. 6 Jan 1922,   d. 30 May 1991  (Age 69 years)
+ 6. John Shepard SIMMONS, Jr.,   b. 16 Aug 1923, Minter City, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1986, Greenwood, Leflore, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
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United States Census, 1920 for Shep Simmons

United States Census, 1920 for Shep Simmons
United States Census, 1920 for Shep Simmons

United States Census, 1930 for Skip Simmon

United States Census, 1930 for Skip Simmon
United States Census, 1930 for Skip Simmon
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Family ID F20 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

 

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    Headstones

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    United States Census, 1940, Shep Simmons

    United States Census, 1940, Shep Simmons
    United States Census, 1940, Shep Simmons

    United,States,Census,1910,Beat,3,Leflore,Mississippi

    United,States,Census,1910,Beat,3,Leflore,Mississippi
    Citing this Record

    “United States Census, 1910”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MPD9-WQX : accessed 25 October 2015), Miles Lowe, 1910.

  • Sources 
    1. [S12] FindaGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=81905452 (Reliability: 3).
    2. [S-2124728548] 1900 United States Federal Census, http://familyandkin.com/genealogy/browsemedia.php?mediatypeID=censusfiles, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration), Year: 1900; Census Place: Beat 4, Carroll, Mississippi; Roll: 803; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 0020; FHL microfilm: 1240803.
    3. [S-2124728500] 1910 United States Federal Census, http://familyandkin.com/genealogy/browsemedia.php?mediatypeID=censusfiles, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration), Year: 1910; Census Place: Beat 3, Leflore, Mississippi; Roll: T624_749; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 0069; FHL microfilm: 1374762.

 

United States Census 1900 Mississippi Carroll ED 20 Beat 4

United States Census 1900 Mississippi Carroll ED 20 Beat 4

“United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11094-18807-22?cc=1325221 : 5 August 2014), Mississippi > Carroll > ED 20 Beat 4 > image 19 of 32; citing NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

United States Census 1900 Mississippi Carroll ED 20 Beat 4
United States Census 1900 Mississippi Carroll ED 20 Beat 4

 

Owner/Source https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11094-18807-22?cc=1325221
Date 1900
Place Carroll, Mississippi
Latitude 33.5279848
Longitude -89.9253233
File name United-States-Census-1900-Mississippi-Carroll-ED-20-Beat-4.jpg
File Size 584.69k
Dimensions 3695 x 3744
Linked to Lucinda (KIMBROUGH) LOWE; John LOWE; Jordan LOWE; Killo LOWE; Martha LOWE

United States Census 1900 Kentucky Carlisle ED 24 Magisterial District 3 Milburn Milburn town

United States Census 1900 Kentucky Carlisle ED 24 Magisterial District 3 Milburn Milburn town

“United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11084-42664-57?cc=1325221 : 5 August 2014), Kentucky > Carlisle > ED 24 Magisterial District 3, Milburn Milburn town > image 7 of 51; citing NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

United States Census 1900 Kentucky Carlisle ED 24 Magisterial District 3 Milburn Milburn town
United States Census 1900 Kentucky Carlisle ED 24 Magisterial District 3 Milburn Milburn town

 

Owner/Source https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11084-42664-57?cc=1325221
Date 1900
Place Carlisle, Kentucky
Latitude 38.3120197
Longitude -84.02742699999999
File name United-States-Census-1900-Kentucky-Carlisle-ED-24-Magisterial-District-3-Milburn-Milburn-town.jpg
File Size 1.5m
Dimensions 3810 x 3765
Linked to GRUNDAY; Manuel GRUNDAY; Will GRUNDAY

United States Census 1940 Mississippi Washington Beat 3 Greenville Ward 2

United States Census 1940 Mississippi Washington Beat 3 Greenville Ward 2

Citing this Record
“United States Census, 1940,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VB3N-WTV : accessed 9 May 2015), Milton Ganison, Ward 2, Greenville, Beat 3, Washington, Mississippi, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 76-16, sheet 2B, family 46, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 2075.

United States Census 1940 Mississippi Washington Beat 3 Greenville Ward 2
United States Census 1940 Mississippi Washington Beat 3 Greenville Ward 2

 

Date 1940
Place Greenville, Washington, Mississippi
File name United-States-Census-1940-Mississippi-Washington-Beat-3-Greenville-Ward-2.jpg
File Size 2.44m
Dimensions 6075 x 4712
Linked to Milton GANISON, Sr; Milton GANISON, Jr; Idella (MYLES) GANISON; Herman GANISON; Addie Cornelius MYLES

United States Census 1930 Illinois Cook Chicago (Districts 0501-0750) ED 611

United States Census 1930 Illinois Cook Chicago (Districts 0501-0750) ED 611

Citing this Record

“United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XSLK-CP4 : accessed 25 October 2015), Jesse Davis in household of John Davis, Chicago (Districts 0501-0750), Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0611, sheet 5B, family 117, line 76, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll ; FHL microfilm 2,340,177.

United States Census 1930 Illinois Cook Chicago (Districts 0501-0750) ED 611
United States Census 1930 Illinois Cook Chicago (Districts 0501-0750) ED 611