Saturday, November 28, 2015


Mother was born 11th of December 1908 in Deming, Luna, New Mexico

It is an honor for me to share a glimpse of my mother's life with this post. This is in my book: More Than a Ticket  Memoirs Flying with American Airlines from Props to Jets.

My precious friend Carol wrote a comment:

To my very best friend Argie,

On my first glance at More Than A Ticket I was thrilled to see Chapter 1, a young girl from Animas Valley. I love coming home remembering riding the old school bus an extra hour to spend the night or weekend with you. Sometimes your mother was helping us sew matching garments. It was a time when education, honesty and integrity was uppermost. Our mothers worked untiringly to provide nutritious meals and a clean inviting home, requiring of us the preparation of table, set carefully with a clean ironed white cloth. We had the privilege of contributing to family life - - the industry of the home. I love to remember sitting around the table enjoying the wonderful homemade bread, meat and vegetables, even apple pie!! Don't forget the conversation and laughter, and the fun we had!

Our hardworking fathers, whose word was as binding of a contract, exemplified honesty and integrity; and expected the same in us, requiring respect and courtesy. I love to remember our brothers coming in with the white foamy fresh milk and working alongside our fathers.

On Saturday when we sewed or you did the mountain of ironing, we could always take a little time to play the piano and sing.

My hope as I have read your book more than once is that today’s generation could see the worth of a work ethic. It was your background that made it possible. “Get up sister and make something of yourself!” and you did.




"Mama was a professional seamstress. She taught herself to sew and earned a degree via mail from The Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences, a division of the International Correspondence Schools, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. My memories of our kitchen table are of it covered with her coursework for dress making and designing. Mama taught me to sew as well. I remember the hours I spent on the sewing machine—and the hours more ripping out the wrong stitches. But my Mother’s tutelage paid off. After we got electricity, I made the most lovely of lovely prom dresses in my room. I still have two of Mama’s textbooks which I display on my dresser, Sewing for Profit and Decorative Stitches and Trimmings.

While Daddy worked and welded, Mama sewed gowns for the wives of the Big Bosses."

So, I well understood what it was like to have Mr. Colangelo "cut and paste" to design my uniform to have me look like a stewardess for American Airlines.

Yes, I was prepared to be hired by American Airlines for which I will always be honored and grateful. American Airlines you honored me by accepting me in 1957 to be trained by you and for you.

Yesterday, I was again on my way to another book signing for More Than a Ticket Memoirs Flying with American Airlines from Props to Jet.  Every month I am excited to sign my book at the Salt Lake International airport.  I am sharing a few photos.  This time my granddaughter Emily accomplished me. Fun for me to share this experience with my family.

So I wrote a book with some very special contributors who added a touch of class. And another month has passed.  The Weller Book Works at the Salt Lake International Airport wants me back.  It is so hard to believe that they support my book by having it stocked and displayed in the store. They like me and I am honored. 

In Terminal 1 the store has rather nice chairs where you can sit and read before or after your flight. Passengers are so nice as they hurry to their gates.  You will find me at a table in front of the store on December 11, 2015 from 8:00 til 12:30. I welcome passengers as they hurry through security on their way up the escalator  and searching for their gate. I ask them to take a look at More Than a Ticket  Memoirs Flying with American Airlines from Props to Jets.  

Mother's birthday as I sign my books and remember the wonderful influence you have been in my life. I miss you. Happy Day Mother.



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