Mary Kate and I dedicated Sara Dippity to two very special people; one of these special women is my grandmother, Margaret Stewart Roche (Granaw). Granaw was one of those special women who was a quiet yet powerful presence. She was raised in the mining camps of Leadville, CO, in the early 20th century. Only reaching an 8th grade education, Granaw shared much more than a formal education could offer. She gifted grace, simplicity, loyalty, and love to all around her. It was a treat growing up, driving to Detroit Metro Airport to pick her up and enjoy her company for six months each year. One of my favorite memories was when my father banned us from watching “The Simpsons” every Sunday on TV, but she quietly told me, “Just come up to my room, Maggie. You can watch it with me.” It was humorous to see Dad’s face when he saw what Granaw and I were doing and see Dad concede to his mother. Chad and I in college also considered it an honor to make her weekly run to Broad St. for her favorite night cap, Cream Sherry. I also am blessed to have that small, worn Bible that she carried and read from each day. I still love to unwind the old rubber band, holding it together, and see the picture of Grandad and study the scraps of paper with memorable quotes and highlighted passages. She was that calming and peaceful presence in so many people’s lives. I miss her! Love you, Granaw!
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Maggie was born and raised in Michigan and graduated from Hillsdale College. When not singing, writing, or in the recording studio, she works at a local community college. Maggie and her husband have three children. When she has time, Maggie enjoys blogging about the writing process, sobriety, performing music, and the chaotic and wonderful adventures that come from raising a family and running a small farm. View all posts by Maggie Murphy