S: memories of mama steen
BC: MEMORIES of MAMA STEEN
FC: A smile as sweet as spring | MAMA STEEN | Memories of
1: Dedicated to a grandmother from her granddaughter.
2: Mama Steen and Me
3: Mama Steen Having you as a grandmother to me, Was as lucky as a girl could be. You always had a sweet smile on your face, And whatever the situation you handled with grace. Whatever I happened to want or need. You were always there to deliver the deed. The memories were special and sweet like a rose, Even waking me up early by pulling my toes! Or the way you always let me pull the bell on the bus, While stopping for candy downtown was a plus. You taught me what was important in life, Family first and to not sweat the strife. I never heard you gossip or speak ill of another, You were a role model and a perfect grandmother. I've composed this book of sweet memories of you, Laughter, love and smiles of the grandmother I knew. I'm happy to have a small part of your genes, I love you immensely, my Mama Steen! Deb
4: 88th | Surprise! | We decided to throw Mama Steen a surprise birthday lunch! The surprise was on us because she looked so stunned...we thought we had given her a heart attack! She loved the gifts and cake...but most of all just having her family around her.
5: I hope I look this good at 88!
6: August 1st
7: 88th birthday!
8: Ho, Ho, Ho! | Santa, baby! | Christmas was another of my favorite memories. Santa brought presents and Mama Steen loved presents. When she realized if they called your name you got a gift, she started answering to every name. I got her a stuffed moose who played Christmas songs and she loved it!
9: She's on the GOOD list! | NICE!
10: What happens with Mama Steen...stays with Mama Steen!
11: A child needs a grandmother to grow more securely in an unfamiliar world. | FAMILY
16: Mama Steen had a thing about cars. She recognized them only by color. So my red car was every red car she saw. It didn't matter what year, model, or even style. If she saw a red truck, she'd say is that your car? It always put a smile on my face! | Is that your car? | CARS
17: Mama Steen loved all animals, but in the city she always had a dog. Whether it was a schnauzer or a pug, she loved dogs. When I was about 4 years old, our red Chow named Shanghai was run over by the garbage men. It tore her up so much, she immediately went out and bought a big stuffed red dog and got into a taxi and brought it to us on Delafield Lane. That made quite the impression on me as a child. Mama Steen seemed to always know what I needed no matter the circumstance. | DOGS
18: Vennie Mae Ratliff Osteen is the name of my grandmother, yet she has always been known to me as Mama Steen. When we were little we had a hard time with Osteen, so we shortened it to make it our own nickname. The other grandchildren called her Mama, or Mama Osteen, but the Swinford kids chose Mama Steen. I think it fit her perfectly. | The Name Game
19: BLOOEY! | Mama Steen was one of a kind. Whenever you talked to her on the phone, she never said "goodbye." She would say, "Well..." and then hang up. I never heard Mama Steen say a curse word. Her word of choice was Blooey! You knew when she said that, she was at the end of her rope!
20: I am so fortunate to have had you as my grandmother. The times we spent together were invaluable to me. You helped build me into the woman I am today. I learned so much from you...from milking a cow to how to travel around Dallas with a bus pass and a taxi. I value and appreciate you more than I will ever be able to tell you. I hope this book, MEMORIES WITH MAMA STEEN, give you a little look into how much you meant to me. I know you are looking over me in spirit as you did while here on earth. Rest in peace my Mama Steen, and know I will love you forever! | Dear Mama Steen, | Deb
21: Thanks for the memories!
22: There is no place like home...except Mama Steen's!