Visiting the Gray Family in Minnesota!

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Larry and Marie Gray

After our Fabulous Family Reunion in Pennsylvania, we flew to Minneapolis to visit more relations there.  My grandma Ruby Lundquist Smuin has a sister named Elsie Gladys Lundquist.  Aunt Elsie has a daughter named Frances, who was my mom’s first cousin.  Frances will be 89 next month.  Her husband, Wally was a family historian, who left boxes of his work behind.  I was interested in finding some original photos that he published in some of the histories of our family written many years ago.

So, we planned a trip to visit Frances, her son Larry and his wife Marie, and their son, Matthew and his family.  We had 2 wonderful days, talking, sorting and discovering treasures.  I am so grateful for my family and for the bonds between us.

The first thing I noticed in Larry’s home is this wonderful collection of our ancestors:2018-8-6 Visiting Frances Gray MN (2)2018-8-6 Visiting Frances Gray MN (3)Here is the key to who’s who:2018-8-6 Visiting Frances Gray MN (4)Frances is living in this assisted living center in Columbia Hills, MN.2018-8-6 Visiting Frances Gray MN (5)My dear Aunt Frances!2018-8-6 Visiting Frances Gray MN (7)2018-8-6 Visiting Frances Gray MN (10)2018-8-7 Visiting Frances Gray MN (1)We spent 2 days going through generations of histories.2018-8-7 Visiting Frances Gray MN (3)2018-8-7 Visiting Frances Gray MN (7)

Here is one of the best treasures we found–pages from a scrapbook kept by Frances’s mother, Elsie.  In it were original photos of her mother, my great-grandmother, Grace Honor Bushman Lundquist.2018-8-7 Elsie's Photos (1)I had never before seen this photo of Grace Honor Bushman Lundquist.  She died at age 38, leaving 8 young children.2018-8-7 Elsie's Photos (5)Here are more photos of their family.  My Grandmother Ruby is in the top left photo in the white dress.  These photos are a slice of my family’s history.  I am so happy to get to see these.  Larry is letting me take some of these treasure home to digitize for the family.2018-8-7 Elsie's Photos (2)2018-8-7 Elsie's Photos (3)Monday evening Marie prepared a delicious dinner and we met their son, Matt and his beautiful family.  Both Larry and Matt are serving as Bishops right now.  They are good and busy men.

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Erin, Rachel, Ellie and Matt Gray

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2018-8-7 Visiting Frances Gray MN (19)What a gift it is to be connected to families.  This last week of reunions has felt like a slice of heaven on earth!

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