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My mom was born ninety-eight years ago today. She died 88 years later on December 20, 2008. Betty came into the world five weeks after Republican Warren Gamaliel Harding was elected our 29th president. Harding beat Democratic candidate James Cox and Socialist Eugene Debs.

The 1920 election was the first in which US women could legally vote. The voting age was 21 until the 1972 election between Nixon and George McGovern, so Mom couldn’t have voted in 1940. Her first presidential election pitted Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt against Republican Thomas Dewey, of “Dewey Wins!” newspaper headline fame. Socialist Norman Thomas was an also ran.

I don’t know if she voted for Roosevelt or Dewey come 1944 but I do know she voted for neither John McCain nor Barrack Obama in 2008. I’m certain she passed without knowing who was to become our forty-fourth president exactly one month after Mom’s death.

The world has changed a lot in the last 98 years but one thing remains, a mother’s love for her children and a child’s need for his mama.

I miss you, Betty Jean.