is for Yonnie Virginia Mathias Cook, my aunt by marriage. That is, she was my father-in-law’s sister.
|John and Essie Mathias|
|Essie and Yonnie|
When Yonnie grew up, she looked
just like her mother!
However, when she married Ernest Franklin Cook, they became hard-working dairy farmers in Timberville, Rockingham County, Virginia. In addition to raising cows, they raised four children: two boys and two girls.
|Ervin, Yonnie, Wilmer, Marvin|
A family reunion was an important event to Yonnie and her brothers. It was always held on Father’s Day at Lost River State Park in Mathias, West Virginia. After Yonnie’s parents died, she assumed the role of matriarch over the Mathias brothers and cousins and saw to it that the family reunion continued. On Father’s Day. Yonnie loved the symbolism of honoring the Mathias ancestors on that date.
In recent years, the younger generation has grumbled over the timing of the reunion, mainly because those who married a Mathias are deprived of spending Father’s Day with their own fathers. Even though Yonnie passed away in 2009, no one has been brave enough to propose a date change. Soon my husband’s cousin will send out the reminder of date, time, and place for the Mathias Reunion.
The love and admiration Yonnie and her three brothers had for their parents, and then their children had for their grandparents is a testament to John and Essie Mathias. That the reunion continues to bring cousins together – on Fathers Day! – is a testament to Aunt Yonnie.
Yippee! There will be no Yawning over the Yarns Yielded by Yuppies, Youngsters, Yokels, and Yodelers over Yonder at the A to Z April Challenge.