This week my family lost its matriarch, my grandmother who lived to the age of 101.

She's been the head of our family for over 70 years, having mothered three boys, and many grand children, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Born, July 28, 1917 in Mounds, Okalahoma, Lela was my granny. She was strong willed, conservative and loved Sooner football. Saturdays in the Fall, she lived for the Sooners, and up until last weekend she didn't miss a game.

She traveled a great deal when I was growing up, and recently told me that she visited each of the 50 states. She also took tours of Europe, Mexico, and loved visiting Canada.

She loved music and dancing. Before her husband passed a couple of years ago, they were known for their dancing at church functions. She was remarkably healthy all of her life. It wasn't until recently that she caught and infection that she was unable to shake.

She will be missed by her close and extended family. We will lay her to rest in our family plot in Oklahoma next week. This past weekend a family member asked her what her secret was to living so long, and she simply said, 'hard work.'

She passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 12, the day after my 35th birthday.

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