Bright, bold, sociable, Grandma was not to be stopped. She was the first woman in her neighborhood to drive. She was liberal-minded and well-read. When our aunt married a bongo-playing beatnik, she was okay with that until he tried to choke our aunt Ginny, who was able to save herself because she'd learned how to when she was in the WAVES during WWII. Then Grandma moved in with them to protect their children. After they divorced, she told us her son-in-law was in a nursing home, later she said he was dead. Some 35 years later, we found out he was still alive. She didn't mind making suitable adjustments to the truth. Years later, though, at 87 years of age, she was raped and nearly killed, but she used that same protective move to save herself. In the hospital, when she recovered her voice, she said firmly, "There are good and bad people in every group. Most people are good." A strong and complicated woman true to herself.
Aunt Ginny (r) doing late night talk radio, circa 1950