||Fred's grandmother Mary Emma Edwards Gray. Grandmother was widowed
in 1953, just months before I was born. She & her husband, Harvey
Gray, lived atop a hill on a huge lake near Knoxville, Tennessee.
Harvey supervised hundreds of men on dam construction projects for
the Tennessee Valley Authority. When he died, Emma resumed her career,
taking a job in Knoxville as a 2nd grade teacher. She moved to Westminster
in 1978 and died in 1992. This photo was taken in 1965, when she
was 64. She and Harvey were originally from Cecil County, Maryland.
He's buried in Red Bank, Tennessee, near Chattanooga.
||Moms grandfather, Neeper Edwards, poses next to Mom, who
is holding me, in the spring of 1954. Our growing family was returning
from a vacation in Stone Harbor, NJ when we stopped to visit Moms
relatives in Perryville, MD. The photo is taken at the home of Neepers
son, Ernest, with whom Neeper was living at the time. Also nearby
were Moms Uncle John Gifford, father of Lloyd, Kirk, Francis,
Ralph and Nancy. Their mother, Lavinia, the sister of Moms
mother, Emma, died giving birth. Her children grew up with Emma,
who lived in nearby Colora, MD.
||At Christmas 1991, Janice bends low to talk with Grandmother Mary
Emma Edwards Gray as Fred, Jr. (standing) and Emmas daughter
Priscilla, right, look on. Grandmother had just conveyed her wedding
ring to future in law Janice on the occasion of her engagement to