|Mabel and Chet at Tom Lyle's in 1972.|
Grammy never wanted anything but to have a family and Poppy felt the same. They were stereotypical of their times - he earned the money, took care of the yard, cars and that sort of thing. She took care of the kids and house. Even Joyce, who can be a rabid feminist, said Gammy was the happiest, most content person and would not have wanted another kind of life.
Grammy and Poppy, loved one another literally to the end. The night she died they were living in Chicago, Gammy had had chest pain earlier in the evening so she went to lie down. When Poppy checked on her she was gone. My parents rushed down and arrived before the ambulance. Poppy asked my mother to come with him into the bedroom where she lay in bed and said "I want you to see how beautiful she still looks."
I'm reminded of the song, Softly As I Leave You, Frank Sinatra sang it and the line "For my heart would break if you should wake and see me go."
Frank Sinatra - Softly As I Leave You
To this day Mabel and Chet's love story lives on in the hearts of those who were lucky enough to have known them. I'm happy to say they touched my live in the most profound way and were instrumental, in my desire, to tell the Williams family's story.