It was always a joy to listen as Aunt Ola play her piano or organ.
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She came by her talent
naturally. "It was A GIFT."
I debated for a long time whether or not to use this photo of Aunt Ola on the web site. In the end, I decided that it best depicts "our Aunt Ola". She was open, vivacious, loving, warm, friendly ... absolutely everything you would want in a friend, a daughter, a mother, a wife, a grandmother, a sister, and an aunt.
We all loved her so very much and we knew that she loved us. Everyone of us felt so special when we were with her.
Aunt Ola married Edgar Sledge when she was 30. He was as wonderful as Ola and had a daughter from a previous marriage. As it turned out, Aunt Ola never could have children of her own, but she had a step-daughter to call her Mother.
I've often thought that maybe she was so close to all of us because she had never had children. Whatever the reason, we were so fortunate to have her in our lives.
Due to my grandmother's illness (Ettie Willard), my mother sent me to stay with Aunt Ola and Uncle Edgar for a month when I was 5 years old. I can recall that month quite vividly. The day that Mother and Daddy arrived to pick me up I was on the back steps playing dress up with Aunt Ola's shoes and hats. I saw them in the drive ... and I hid from them. I never wanted to leave Ola and Edgar or Van Alstyne, Texas.
I searched the internet far and wide to find the midis on this page. I found a few that were excellent examples and others that simply reminded me of Aunt Ola. I hope you stay a while and enjoy listening to these "oldies".
There are so many stories to tell about Ola ... they could fill an entire web site. I would love to hear from other cousins who have favorite stories they would like to see posted here.
To get us started here's one of my own...
In Aunt Ola's later years she still wanted to "go" all the time. It didn't particularly matter where we were going ... just so we went somewhere! I was visiting Aunt Ola and Aunt Beulah around Thanksgiving and it had been raining most of the day. Ola said, "Lets go out to Weston where we used to live and see if those Hippies are still living in our old house." Aunt Beulah said, "I'm not agoin' out there! You can go if you want to but I'm astayin' here."
So, Aunt Ola and I piled in her car along with my 5 year old daughter and headed to Weston. We got to Honey Creek and there was water over the low spot in the road. We sat in the car at the top of the hill and looked at it for a long time. Finally, Aunt Ola said, "Look ... you can see the mailman's tracks. We can make it!" That old car of Aunt Ola's was pretty heavy and
WE DIDN'T MAKE IT.
Aunt Ola sat in the car for about an hour while I tromped through the water trying to get us unstuck. We laughed a lot during that hour and quite often I'd have to sit down to keep from falling. Aunt Ola was confident that "somebody will be along here in a minute and get us out". I wasn't so sure.
Not long after that, a man on a tractor came down the hill. Turns out he was the brother of one of Aunt Ola's old boyfriends and had been watching us the whole time. I'm sure he had a good laugh too. He looked at us like we didn't have good sense. We couldn't do anything but laugh --- at him, ourselves and the whole situation. He hooked up the chain and pulled us out shaking his head all the while.
We never did see the Hippies that day. Seems they had moved on. But, we had a great time. Going anywhere with Aunt Ola always turned out to be an adventure and everyone always had a GREAT TIME.
Another Photo I really like...
Bub Willard, Ola Wilson Sledge, Bill Willard
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