Gero-Punk Tribute: Gramma Jewell @ 92

The Gero-Punk Project


If there is a particular human being who inspired me to become a gero-punk, it is my Gramma Jewell.  Today is her 92nd birthday.

My Gramma comes from poor, scrappy folk. No one knew who her father was and she grew up without much stability. After her teenage mother abandoned her she was fostered by various family members until in her late teens she left her people in the Yakima Valley to move to Southern Oregon, where she found a job as a waitress. She met my grandfather, Preston Hotz, a much older man who frequented the café where she worked.

This grandpa is a pivotal character in my family history as he changed Jewell’s lot in life in many ways and, two generations later, mine. At the time he met my Gramma, he was training to become a geologist and she yearned to become his assistant, as well…

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About Sue Rosenbloom, CT, MA

Thanatologist: Loss and Grief Coach - My blog is for educational purposes only. I am not a licensed professional counselor - Bachelor of Arts in Human Studies - Marylhurst University (2007) Certificate in Thanatology - Hood College (2008) Master of Arts in Thanatology - Hood College (2009) Certificate in Thanatology - The-Association for Death Education and Counseling (The highest level of loss and grief education). * Hospice, Alzheimers and Senior's Advocate * Former first responder for Trauma Intervention Program, Inc. (TIP) * Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer for Providence Hospice Bereavement Program * Association for Death Education and Counseling Member * National Alliance for Bereavement of Children * Hood College Thanatology Association * American Group Psychotherapy Association * Marylhurst Gerontology Association * Oregon Gerontology Association * Hospice, Loss, Grief and Bereavement Researcher * Creative Writer
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