For Mother’s Day, I thought a little tribute to my Gloucester grandmother Catherine Pierce Ryan might be in order. My memories of her are a little vague, but stories from friends and family help round out a picture of one of those wonderful moms you see portrayed everywhere at this time of year.
Catherine was born in Gloucester just a few days into a brand new century, in January of 1900, daughter of a fisherman. She was in the middle of the pack of 12 children born to William and Edith Pierce. She married Paul Ryan in 1923 and raised 3 sons through war and Depression years. She worked at the Bass Rocks Golf Club as a cook and also worked for the school in the cafeteria. By all accounts, she was a great cook and very kind to those in need. Though I did not get to spend a great deal of time with her, I consider her to be a great role model as well as a wonderful representation of a daughter of Gloucester.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there who helped shape our lives.