But, this isn't what makes her the special lady that she is.
Her father, mother and siblings (five?) immigrated from Poland. They came through Ellis Island, and then settled in the Chicago area. She was born after they moved here, and being the great American that she is, she was born on the 4th of July! We would celebrate her birthday every year with chicken and fireworks!
She is the only one remaining. By this, I mean, all her sisters and brothers have died. She lost her husband. Her only child, my mother, died in 1995, and her only son in law in 2001. She has survived all this heartache. I don't think I've ever heard her complain.
She never goes out without being fully "made up." She was an excellent bridge player, and still will play for nickels. She cleaned constantly, made killer fudge, and the BEST CHEX PARTY MIX in the world. She loved to travel, entertain, and spend time with her family. She quilted, sewed, kept an immaculate home and a beautiful garden. She loved Seinfeld and Days of Our Lives. If we traveled to Atlanta to visit her, she would wait up until we arrived (no matter what the time) and would wave goodbye until our car was out of sight.
Amelia Marie "Miki" "Mimi" "Milcha" Cottingham and Taylor