Cora Caldwell is a family name. It’s the name of a person who had a very big influence on my life – my Grandmother, Cora.
Cora Augusta Caldwell
Cora and Floyd B Caldwell (everyone called him simply - ‘B’) were people I lived with when I was a very young child. They taught me a lot about how to be a good person, how to treat other people, and how you can be a person of faith, but still have a shred of ‘cool’. Mostly they taught me to be myself, to be happy, and to take life as it comes.
Cora Caldwell was a devout Baptist, and spent her life in
the service of the church. For years,
Floyd would be the preacher, Cora would play the piano, and they would spread
the word they believed in. Floyd passed
when I was 13 or 14, but we were lucky enough to have Cora until just a few
years ago. When it was clear the end was
near, Cora asked us all to gather, as a family, one last time at her home in
It took us a few weeks to pull it together, but finally we did. We had a great afternoon of stories, laughter and reminiscence. The family left, and Cora passed the next morning. Her dying wish? That we would all go to church one more time – as a family. We did.
Cora and B were a huge influence on my life, and I am proud to be able to honor them. Thanks to Jen for agreeing to the name so easily. Baby girl, I hope that someday you can learn more about your great Grandmother. I know she would be proud of you.