Elaine Johnson Parks

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Elaine Johnson Parks
Bremerton, WA
Tags
Generations, Grandmothers, Mothers, Native american ties, Sickness and health, Sisters

My mother, Nina Rametta Johnson, bought this blanket years ago. She was always interested in the Native Americans. My paternal grandmother was of Native American descent. Grandmother Genevieve Berry Johnson was born an identical twin to her sister Isabel in 1907 in New York City. Her mother died when she was young and their father put the twins in an orphanage in Hoboken, NJ. They became separated, but years later reconnected when they saw each other across the street in NYC. My grandmother died from cancer at 48, but her twin lived to be 101. My mother now has Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, so I am the keeper of her memories.