Week 10 (March 5 – March 11): Strong Woman

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” — Marie Curie

My mother wrote of her 2nd great grandmother in her blogpost 52 Ancestors #7 – Amy Collins Willis.

The Civil War began in April 1861 and many of the young men from the area where Amy lived around Fayette County, Alabama enlisted, served and died.  Amy’s husband died before the war and many others close to her died.  She and 2 other women owned land near one another and helped one another through the years.  Locally that area is still referred to as “the three widows”: Amy Willis, Sarah Graham and Eady Caroline Ballenger.

In the last paragraph of her blogpost, my mother wrote of her inferences of her 2nd great grandmother Amy:

What I infer from these records of the life my great-great-grandmother lived is that she was a compassionate woman who saw needs and sought to meet them. As was true for many of her generation, life was frequently hard and filled with losses, but I suspect she found much joy in interacting with her stepdaughter and sister and their children and her sibling’s families and working together to accomplish more than any one of them could have accomplished alone. I think she was likely a testament to the resilience and hope of the human spirit.

Surely, that is the definition of a strong woman.