Her name was Anna. Anna Beatrice. She was born on February 1, 1888. She was the oldest of 14 children, 7 girls and 7 boys. Her brothers and sisters addressed her as Sister. Her 9 children called her Mummy. Her 50+ nieces and nephews, all called her Big Aunty, often strung together as one word "Bigaunty"! Her 17 grandchildren called her Granny.
She was my mother's mother. She wore dresses with three quarter length sleeves, not the saris her daughters would eventually wear and not the full long skirts her husband's sister wore. She might have married a Sinhalese, but Granny was Burgher and wore dresses!
She was left-handed. She sewed, embroidered, and did filet crochet using fine cotton thread and tiny steel crochet hooks. She crocheted a bedspread/table cloth for each of her married children and the one granddaughter who was married before she died. Apparently, she also crocheted a table cloth for one of my mother's friends, because, that lady sent the table cloth to my mother, many years later. I have a bed sheet she embroidered (by hand) for my mother and the two table cloths, although, the one she made for my mother's friend is torn.
I don't have many pictures of my grandmother. The one above is from the prayer card at her funeral. The one below is from a copy of a picture taken at my grandparent's 25th wedding anniversay:
There was one other picture of me as a baby, with Granny and my mother, but I couldn't find it.
Granny died in January 1972, aged 83, just 3 weeks before her 84th birthday. Today was the 130th anniversary of her birth! Happy birthday, Granny!