Well, almost wordless . . . October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this month I wear pink in honor of my aunt — Ella Louise Chapple Marshall!
Even though I was a young child when my Aunt Louise died (I was 9 years old), what I remember most about her was her joy and contagious laughter! She could truly light up a room and she had a sense of humor that literally kept people laughing. Family and friends loved being around her; she was a true gem!
To help me celebrate my 3rd birthday, my beautiful aunt was right there! In this photo she’s holding on to my cousin Reginald Marshall. Standing next to her is (from l. to r.) Annie Ray Gilbert (friend), my cousin Ralph Marshall, mom who is helping me cut the cake, and Mary Gilbert (Annie Ray’s sister and friend).
I love this photo and will cherish it for as long as I live because its the last photo of my aunt that we have in our collection that was taken a few years before she passed away on 2 April 1969 from breast cancer (you can read more about her burial at FindAGrave).
If you have my beloved aunt, Ella Louise (Chapple) Marshall, from Houston, Harris County, Texas (she lived a few years in Pecos, Reeves County, Texas too) in your family research, let me hear from you because . . . I’m claiming kin!