March 12 — Working girl: Did your mother or grandmother work outside the home? What did she do? Describe her occupation.
|1947, Joyce Sigford Williams working|
at the Baranof Hotel,Juneau, Alaska
|1949, Loise Sigford Stradtman|
working at Hinch & Kaye, San Franciso
When I was growing up, my aunts would visit us a couple of times a year and it was always the same. We would meet Joyce at the airport from her flight from Alaska and she would spend an hour or so telling us all about her important work, and the people she met in Juneau. Then when the plane was met from San Francisco, we would hear the same words and stories, just set in Loise's city by the bay. I was enthalled as a little girl and teenager with their stories of the big cities and the elegant (at least to me)suits, hats and gloves; my mother was less impressed.
In their retirement years, Loise and Joyce were still very active and were the spark plugs of thelocal Senior Center. They ramrodded crafts and classes with the same attention to detail as they gave to their work. Their friends at the Senior Center always gave them a birthday party and, in the picture below, they looked pretty darn good for their 80th birthday bash!
|Joyce Sigford Williams and Loise Sigford Stradtman|
80th Birthday Party