I did not grow up with a sister, so I admired their stories and laughed as sisters Dorothy and Louise shared tales of growing up, sticking together to support one another and their adventures they had playing together.
They grew up with a bold mother who taught herself to play the piano and then gave lessons to children in her church and community.
Their mother, Ms. Catherine, was a housekeeper, chef and caregiver for a local doctor after his wife passed away. She raised his three children and her two daughters. Her pleasure was to care for her daughters while instilling in them that faith and education was essential to their life and family.
After Ms. Catherine retired from her job with Dr. Smith, she decided, at 70 years old, to go back to school to earn her high school diploma. This was a rewarding accomplishment for her and an achievement of perseverance she shared with her daughters. After graduating, she began tutoring school-age children at the library to fulfill a promise to continue learning and growing.
Dorothy and Louise, educators retired 15 years, continue to live out their legacy to connect with women and children. Dorothy teaches and mentors the younger women in her family and neighborhood, and Louise is an active member of her church choir and mentors women on their faith journey.
My sheroes had a calling to ministry. Check out the free resource “Called to be Women in Mission” under our Called To… series and find how you are called to serve others, possibly as a mentor.
Eva James Yeo is director for membership for Women of the ELCA.
Photo courtesy of Eva James Yeo: Her mom, Dorothy, center, is great aunt and mentor to Amari, left, and Arayna.