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Sylvia Althea Brent Elliott
I’ve been a daughter, a student, a career woman, a lover, a hippie, a flower child, a wife, a mom, a student again, a granny, an earth mother, a wise woman, and an elder. I’ve changed identities as often as I've changed addresses but the one that remains through every transition is the Gypsy, the one who moves the others, The bold and adventurous, the sensitive and smart, lover of the arts, fantastic friend, teacher and writer.
The one who is comfortable on the planet
and has constructed a well being and healthy soul.
I have no doubt there will be more addresses, more houses and cities, states and countries, more lovers and friends, more adventures and risks there is so much more to see and even more to do before my cup runs over.
My granny was born December 6, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents (my great-grandparents) were Adam and Althea. She was the only child. and attended Calumet High School until her junior year when her mother died. Althea was killed in a car accident. At that time, my Granny and her father moved to Saint Louis , MO. She finnished high school at Sumner High School, which is where she first met my grandfather, Forriss Elliott, during their senior year. However a lot of life happend and they went their separate ways before they would eventually meet again and finally marry.
My Granny went to Bradley University after high school, however it didn't hold her attention because she wanted to explore the world. To do this she got a job at Mohawk Airlines as a reservationist and later she became the first Black flight attendent for United Airlines. After moving to New York, my Granny was discovered as a model by Eleanor Lambert during the 1964 World's Fair and soon after became the first Black woman to appear in a fashion editorial in the New York Times Magazine and Glamour and Vogue.
My Granny soon became a mother of 3 beautiful kids, Marcus, Adam, and the youngest Samantha (my mom!). She than went back and persued her education at the University of Alabama, earning a BA and an MFA. She also became the grandmother of 6 beautiful grandkids. Micah (me) and Elijah, Samantha's 2 kids. Addison and Lauren, Adam's 2 kids. Sofia and Alexandria, Marcus's 2 kids.
My Granny died in 2005 from a rare Sarcoma Cancer.
But she still lives on in our hearts.
She will always be my Granny and I will never forget her story.