- August 20, 2015
In 1915, Woodrow Wilson was president, World War I was ongoing and Edna Strode was born June 15 in Kentucky. She was the youngest of 12 children—her father was born 6 years after the Civil War ended.
A hundred years later, Saturday, June 20, Strode celebrated her birthday in Bradenton surrounded by her family: five generation’s worth.
One of Strode’s hobbies was crocheting. She used to crochet birth announcements for her new grandchildren. All of the family members who attended the party brought back one of her creations to display.
“Look at just a smidgen of the things she’s made for other people,” her daughter, Betty Hollifield, said.
Her daughters, Wilma Ellison and Betty, described Strode’s life and sang the songs she always sang to her family, and told the great-great grandchildren some of Strode’s favorite sayings, such as “I never!” and “Save some for Virginia!.”