Dad's mother Phyllis Filippa Luvera was born in Italy May 26, 1870 and died in Anacortes, Washington on December 20, 1946. Nonna Luvera spoke only a word or two of English and we children were not taught Italian so I only communicated with her through dad.

She was a large woman – a typical Italian grandmother who always had Italian candy she offered us and who cooked great food. Nonno and Nonna lived in small house on Commercial Avenue, but they had a l arge garden and rabbits in pens for eating. Nonno was a slightly built, short, gentle  man with an huge Cropped nonna mustache. She was an heavy set woman and together they made an interesting contrast. She wore her hair up and I rememer her as always wearing an apron.

Nonna was what we could call a hypochondriac. She had ailments of all kinds and a medicine closet full of pills, most over the counter. Dr. Noble, our long time family doctor had diagnosed her problem and generally had given her candy pills in pill boxes.

Due to my inability to communicate with her I don't have a lot of memories of what she said to me. I remember the visits with the family to their home and I have clear picture of the home and garden however. Her cooking I also remember.

This is a picture of Phyllis Flippa Luvera with her apron on and wearing a hat. This is the way I remember her. Next to Nonna is my sister Phyllis, named after her, my sister Anita, me and my Nonno Nicola. Now isn't that an Italian looking family? 

This is in memory of this good woman gone these many years.

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