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Table of Contents Acknowledgments ix Introduction xi This remarkable woman overcame great difficulties throughout her life, and all the while she helped others to also survive and surmount calamities. She provided a tremendous role model and left a golden legacy to us all. PART I: GRIT Chapter One: BEGINNINGS (1896 - 1905) 1 How will our children know who they are If they don't know where they came from? - Ma in Grapes of Wrath Chapter Two: "...DOWN TO THE BONE" (1906 - 1913) 9 Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows. - Helen Keller Chapter Three: DANCING ALL NIGHT (1913 - Oct. 11, 1918) 29 In the long run all love is paid by love...give thy love freely, do not count the cost, so beautiful a thing was never lost in the long run. - Ella Wheeler Wilcox, In the Long Run Chapter Four: "I WILL KEEP MY GIRLS!" (Oct. 11, 1918 - Sept. 27, 1920) 49 To have courage for whatever comes in life - everything lies in that. - Mother Teresa PART II: GUMPTION Chapter Five: MOVING ON (Sept. 28, 1920 - May 1, 1933) 67 Home is where the heart is. - Old American saying Chapter Six: A BEND IN THE ROAD (May 1, 1933 - Dec. 18, 1935) 101 It's a long road that doesn't have a bend in it somewhere. - Old American Saying Chapter Seven: GRANDDAD AND A NICKEL FOR A SPOOL OF THREAD (Dec. 18, 1935 - Feb. 8, 1972) 117 A woman's work is never done, and happy is she whose strength holds out to the end. - Martha Ballard, eighteenth-century writer Chapter Eight: MATTIE'S CAFÉ (1939 - 1967) 139 Where I was born and where...I lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest. - Georgia O'Keeffe, famous New Mexico artist PART III: GRACE Chapter Nine: HOW ABOUT A CUP OF COFFEE? (1940 - 1980s) 161 Family stories reveal our family values, character, and personality. They connect our past to the present, and they can shape the kind of person we become. - Helen Armstrong, successful businesswoman, political activist, daughter of first mayor of Portales, New Mexico, and first governor of New Mexico - and Mattie's friend Chapter Ten: ROOM FOR ONE MORE (1950s - Early 1970s) 189 Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile.... Don't only give your care, but give your heart as well. - Mother Teresa Chapter Eleven: RED SILK PAJAMAS (Early 1900s - 1980s) 211 The best and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or even touched...they must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller Chapter Twelve: A GOOD CAR (1913 - 1970s) 231 A good car can get you to where you want to go. - Mattie Kinney Epilogue: A REMARKABLE LEGACY: LUCKY US! 253 A good person will be remembered as a blessing. - Proverbs 10:7 Appendices: Assorted Photos 257 Family Histories 267 The McPeak Family 267 The Smith Family 273 The Deatherage Family 277 The Creek Family 289 Mattie's Genealogy 295 The Smith Family - First Generation 295 Mattie's Family - First Generation 297 Martha/Mattie Timeline 299
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Kinney, Mattie, 1896-1988.
Chesser, Barbara -- Family.
Women pioneers -- New Mexico -- Biography.
Pioneers -- New Mexico -- Biography.
Frontier and pioneer life -- New Mexico.
New Mexico -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
New Mexico -- History -- 20th century.
Portales (N.M.) -- Biography.
Alvord (Tex.) -- Biography.
Role models -- United States -- Biography.