Monday, May 4, 2009
Velma Valera Varble
Mamaw lived most of her life in Southeast Missouri, growing up in Chaffee and later moving to Cape Girardeau. Here she is at age 15 with her 1937 Chaffee Red Devils basketball team. I'd recognize those legs anywhere! She always had pretty skin and legs.
I could write a book on Velma Huey. Smart as a tack to the end, she worked for years at the Cape Girardeau Social Security office and promoted as far as one was allowed without a college degree. She had more knowledge and experience than anyone else at her office. She was always inventing little gadgets to make her everyday tasks more efficient. She loved crossword puzzles and games like Boggle. Mamaw always wished she knew how to play the piano. Therefore, it was extra special for her when her daughter, Ruth (my mama), became so accomplished on the instrument.
Mamaw was a soulmate of mine. I treasured her as my grandmother and friend. She taught me much about life and a lot about sewing. On top of it all, she was downright hilarious, even SHOCKING at times. I miss her. So much.
Enjoy this chocolate pie recipe written in her own handwriting. She'd add the world's best meringue on top, too. When we'd come for Thanksgiving, the table was so full that Mamaw would pile pies across her piano in the dining room. Chocolate was her signature recipe.