Memories of "Grandma Stellie"
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Estella Charlotte Cornaby Ellison is my maternal grandmother. Her only child, Carole, is my mother. My sister, Holly, and I are her only grandchildren.
We spent a lot of time with Stella. I can remember staying at her home for as long as a week at a time on many different occasions. She was an immaculate housekeeper, an amazing cook and fabulous laundress. I never, ever, remembered anything being out of place at her house. If she had a few dirty dishes but did not want to wash them for a bit she hid them under the kitchen sink in a plastic dishpan. She entertained her brothers (Wayne, Sterling, and Bob Cornaby) several times a week by serving them coffee at her kitchen table. Their wives would not let them drink coffee at home! I soon became fast friends with my great uncles.
Mealtimes were a festive occasion! I learned to cook my favorite foods from Grandma: fish, macaroni and cheese, and corn fritters. She fed me so well that my mother threatened to "Roll me home" after spending a week with her.
She entertained us by letting us play with my mother's old toys in the basement, letting us "swim" in a pool in the back yard (a blow-up wading pool complete with bubbles). She would sing songs to us and the ones I remember most are ,"Little Purple Pansies," and "Come Little Leaves." I can just hear her singing and I would cover my ears and scream, "Please don't sing!." I hope my grand daughter is not as naughty as me.
The house was in Provo at 160 South 600 East. It was made of red brick and I can remember calling it a fat house. My residence at the time was a single wide trailer in Green River, Utah, so I guess her house was pretty fat!
My mom had her tend me and the dog (a pommeranian named Tawney) when I was a toddler. There was a terrible thunderstorm one day and my mother came to pick us up. She could not find us anywhere. Finally she discovered all of us (me, the dog, and Stella) hiding in the hall closet---so the lightening did not get us!
Stella loved Halloween. She got all excited to answer the door and hand out candy to the children. I never remember a costume, but she always scared the kids when she smiled and revealed a mouth full of nasty "Billy-Bob" teeth!
Grandma Stellie loved beautiful dishes, clean houses, good food, and well behaved children. I think I am turning into her.
Jeannee Lasson Hunt