"What's your mother's maiden name?" Now there is a question that I have been able to answer for years. "My mother's maiden name is Canty." "How do you spell that?" I knew the answer to that too. "C-A-N-T-Y, Canty."
My mother died when I was five years old. I had just a few pictures and some information that my father shared with me. But contact was lost with her family. Today you can do research with the click of a finger. In the 1950's, keeping track of each other when they moved away was much more difficult. For those reasons and perhaps the challenge my father had in raising a five-year old, my mother's Canty family was lost in my life.
The loss of my mother, Nellie Frances Canty, has affected my entire life. It has affected the way I raised my children, the choices I have made in spiritual matters and how I view living on a daily basis. Thankfully, due to the encouragement of a friend, I decided much later in life to to search out my mother's story. I am finding out in this process not only who she was and who her family was, but who I am.