Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Celebrating Women's History-Courage and Strength: War Widow

 Blogging Prompt from Lisa Alzo at The Accidental Genealogist Day 13

Moment of Strength: share a story where a female ancestor showed courage or strength in a difficult situation.

On the 6th of October 1940, my grandparents, Gilbert Ernest Roberts and Azile Juanita Daughrity were married in Sumter, SC.

Azile Juanita Daughrity and Gilbert Ernest Roberts
About 1940
© Cheri Hudson Passey

         Four years and two children later Azile received this telegram

Notification of Death
Telegram-20 Oct. 1944
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  A widow at 23, Azile was left alone to raise my mother Brenda and my uncle Gil. With the help of family and friends, she somehow was able to move on her her life and take care of her little family.

Axile Daughrity Roberts
Gilbert "Gil" Ernest Roberts, Jr.
Brenda Jean Roberts
© Cheri Hudson Passey
                                                                                           Courage and Strength

© 2013 Cheri Hudson Passey


  1. That makes me sad. A nice post!

  2. So many sad stories from that time period.
    Thanks for stopping by Betty!

  3. How terribly sad. Your grandmother Axile was a brave woman to raise those children herself, after she experienced every wartime wife's worst nightmare. My mother waited 4 years for my father to return from WWII, and she feared the worst every day. Mercifully, he returned unharmed. I am so sorry for your grandmother and relieved that she was able to raise your mother. What a lovely childhood picture of your mother!

    1. I can't even imagine what these women, and in fact all women who send love ones off to war, must go through on a daily basis.
      I am so glad that your Father came home!
      Thanks Mariann!