I was blessed to remember another one of my great-grandparents. My maternal grandfather’s mother was Hattie Lee Edmondson Richey. She was born October 15, 1885 to Green and Susan E. Jones Edmondson.
I have very fond memories of this great-grandmother. She was loving and kind and we had large Sunday dinners at her house quite often, with a lot of Richey relatives. There may have been some Edmondson relatives in attendance also, but I don’t remember them as much.
Somewhere between 1900 and 1904, Hattie married Reverend Monroe Richey. Monroe was born June 9, 1883 to Eleazar Newton and Armenda Menervia Liles Richey. Eleazar Newton, along with his father, Benjamin Richey, was the first of my direct Richey line to move into Alabama.
Monroe and Hattie
Monroe and Hattie had seven children; 5 boys and 2 girls. One of the youngest sons is still living today. My grandfather, Hiram Thomas Richey, was the third child and first born son.
Hattie lost an eye to cancer and wore an eye patch. I don’t remember ever being scared of her because of the patch; it was just part of her.
If you look closely, you will be able to see Hattie with her patch. If you look even closer, you may be able to see me in the front row, far right.