In a heartwarming encounter, the 98-year-old matriarch from Kentucky, who presides over a large family, finally embraces her first great-great-great-grandchild. The magical moment took place in February when Zhavia Whitaker, a seven-month-old baby, was cradled by MaeDell Taylor Hawkins.
Gracie Snow Howell, MaeDell’s granddaughter, shared a photo of this touching event online, which quickly gained popularity. MaeDell’s extraordinary lineage comprises over 620 grandchildren, encompassing both her daughters’ descendants and their subsequent generations.
The significance of the occasion was heightened by the fact that all the individuals captured in the image were female, as noted by Gracie, who appeared alongside MaeDell. The picture showcases MaeDell’s great-granddaughters Frances Snow, Gracie Snow Howell, Jacqueline Ledford, and Jaisline Wilson. The photograph itself was taken by Sheryl Blessing, Hawkins’ granddaughter. MaeDell will be turning 99 in July.
MaeDell’s life journey began in 1940 when she married a 50-year-old railroad worker with ten children from a previous marriage when she was just 16 years old. Despite her husband Bill Taylor’s frequent work-related travels, they went on to have 13 children together, all while living without many of the modern conveniences. The household lacked running water and laundry facilities such as a washer and dryer.
Gracie revealed that MaeDell never complained about the hardships she endured. Gracie herself had never heard her mother Frances express any dissatisfaction about their home’s limitations. Undoubtedly, MaeDell’s unwavering love and support have played a significant role in nurturing generations of contented and healthy women and children, as evident in this captivating snapshot of six generations of women.
Gracie further shared her plans for a future gathering in June, expressing the hope that everyone, including the baby and Grandma, will be doing well, providing an opportunity to capture yet another memorable photograph.