103 (and now she’s finally free.)

 

103” tells the story of my Great-Grandmother Mary Ellen (Johnson) Ford.  She was born in rural Platte County and was a lifelong resident of Parkville, Missouri.  A gem of a lady, she would feed you anything she could manage to pull out of her kitchen cabinets and refrigerator, and always danced a jig on her birthday.  She wore her pastel beads on Easter and jingle bells on her skirt for Christmas.  My daughter took her first steps in her home on 9 Highway.  Grannie lived to be 103 years old – mostly healthy and happy right up until the end.  That final day also happened to be my birthday so as we celebrated my life, we helped her ease into death.  I had never known a day of balance as great as that one.  Cheers, Grannie!  Thanks for teaching me to giggle and for letting me be one of your “sweet petunias.”

 ON THE RECORDING:

family 100th birthday
100th Birthday Celebration of Mary Ellen Ford. August 17, 2004.

Kasey Rausch – vocals & acoustic guitar

Kim Rausch – harmonies

Ethan Ridings – lead acoustic guitar

Molly Healey – fiddle

Caleb Gardner – mandolin

Chris DeVictor – upright bass

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Rob Nold Audio