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Sunday, February 06, 2011

Sharing A Family Heirloom Story

As shared by Sam Weir
Born Myrtle Jane Luke on June 11, 1895 in Holdredoe, Nebraska. Myrtle was moved to Washington state as a child.  Myrtle married Edward Parker Harkleroad on June 18, 1916.  They moved to Arizona a few years later.  Myrtle was the founder of two kennel clubs in Phoenix: the American Kennel Club and the American Cocker club.  She bred and raised Cocker Spaniels, as well as roses, coleus, and four children.

After Grandpa retired, Grandma Myrtle and Grandpa Ed moved to Casa Grande, Arizona to live out their lives on a small farm.  Grandma Myrtle spent alot of time with her 5 grandaughters and two grandsons.  Her grandchildren would spend many weeks each summer with her at her trailer in Oak Creek Canyon.  Whether on the farm or up in Oak Creek, you would always find Grandma Myrtle embroidering and crocheting.  She would produce beautiful pillowslips with embroidered flowers and lovely crocheted borders.  Every member of her family always had a beautiful supply of pillow slips.  She shared her skills with her grandaughters whenever they were near.  Grandma Myrtle always had scraps of fabric for us to practice embroidering and plenty of yarn for us to practice crocheting. She had arthritis in her knarled hands but never let it slow her down when it came to her lovely works.  She claimed the crafts helped her hands.

Grandma Myrtle's husband Ed passed in 1960 and her youngest son (Bruce, age 36) died in 1962. It was then that she began the large project of crocheting tiny thread circles that would become a beautiful tablecloth for the young widow of Bruce.  This project took Grandma many years.  In fact, we weren't sure it would ever get finished.  Grandma Myrtle died in 1975 and the beautiful tablecloth did get finished a few years before she departed.

Written by Candy McManamon, grandaughter of Myrtle, daughter of Bruce and mother of Samara Weir (who inherited the lovely table cloth because, "She knows how to repect the strings."
Her beautiful work is just a piece of her beautiful life.

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