Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Stars Twinkle Bright Above Me: The Wonderful And Exciting Life Of Mamie Doud Eisenhower!

Born in Boone, Iowa in 1896, Mamie Geneva Doud grew to become a vivacious young woman. She attended public schools in Denver and finished her education at Miss Walcott's Private Finishing School, a prestigious private school for prominent families.

In October 1915, a mutual friend introduced Mamie to Second Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower, fondly known as Ike. They were married in the Doud family home in Denver, Colorado in July of 1916. In the 1920's and 1930's, her husband's assignments took them to Panama, France, and the Philippines. During the difficult war years, she chose to get involved in charity work, war fundraisers, and volunteer activities.

From 1953 to 1961, Mamie eagerly embraced the role of First Lady. She hosted numerous visitors and social functions, gaining renown for her gracious hospitality and charm. She was a very popular First Lady and was known for her personal style and love for fashion. Mamie often appeared on the lists for Ten Most Admired Women in America and Best Dressed.

Mamie is also famous for her "million dollar fudge". Remember, it is better the second day.

(The photograph of Mrs. Eisenhower at the top of this post was taken in May, 1954.)

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