Margaret “Nanny” Crowder is our February 2010 Southern Appalachian Woman.
She was raised in Madison County, NC. She was a farmer’s wife, cooked 3 meals a day, made biscuits that didn’t rise, quilted, milked, told great stories, and hummed “Amazing Grace” while she cleaned house, canned, and worked tobacco.
She told me I could do whatever I wanted to if I would trust the Lord and was willing to work.
Like most southern women, her door was always open and she always wanted to feed you something.
She was taken by cancer in August 2003 at the age of 74.
Though I had no blood relationship to her, I called her “Nanny”. She taught me that love was a kinship that transcends a family tree. I didn’t know it then, but the love I felt for her and from her would be the foundation for my love as an adoptive Mother to my daughter, Jewelian.