Story Corps

Sara Wittie Foster and Erna Sue Wittie

Sara and Sue Wittie have fond memories of their “Grammie Ernie”. That’s what they called Sue’s mother and Sara’s grandmother. Their loving remembrance in this StoryCorps interview paints a wonderful picture of an interesting and independent woman who lived a full and active life.

In her StoryCorps interview, Sue Wittie shares memories of her mother, Ernestine Bauman Wittie with her own daughter Sara. The recollection begins in the small Texas town of Gatesville where Sue’s mother was raised. During World War II, Sue’s mother was a teenager and to help with the war effort, Ernestine volunteered with the USO. At a local USO dance, she met U. S. Marine William Nathan Wittie and they fell in love. Once Ernestine was 18, the young couple was married. During their marriage, they had three children, Sue and her two brothers. They lived in Waco. In this StoryCorps interview, Sue talks to her daughter Sara about the love affair that her parents had and how much fun they had together. Her father died of cancer in 1969. Sue’s mother was a young widow (in her early 40’s) and at that point, she and Sue became much closer. They bonded more as peers than Mother-Daughter. Ernestine’s “second act” didn’t include a second husband, but it did include lots of independent expression and personal growth. Ernestine even became a truck driver while maintaining her role as “traditional” grandmother to Sue’s daughter Sara. Ernestine, Sue and Sara all lived under one roof for many years providing many memories shared in this StoryCorps interview.

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