In honor of the anniversary of my mother’s birthday today, my post is about her mother, my grandmother, who was the reason Martha’s Vineyard came to be in our lives.
(My mother and grandmother)
My grandmother, Albra Mae Flewellyn Littlefield Grant Baird, was born in Maine. She was widowed twice, her third husband, Arthur Baird Sr was an Islander who was left to raise two sons, Floyd and Arthur Jr, and a daughter, Hattie, after his first wife died. My grandmother and my mother Maude came to live on Martha’s Vineyard in Oak Bluffs and thus began our connection and love of the Vineyard.
I don’t know a lot about my grandmother’s life after moving to the Vineyard except that she was busy raising four rambunctuous children, keeping house for her husband and being active in community projects with her friends. She died before my parents were married so I never knew her but I feel a closeness to her whenever I’m on the Vineyard. She is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Oak Bluffs.,