I bet some of you are asking yourselves, “What is a Bomie?” Well, Bomie is the nickname that my mother and her sister used to call their grandmothers; just like Nana. They had Bomie Alma and Bomie Lillie. I called my grandmother, Nana and my great grandmother’s kept their nickname of Bomie. The story I heard is that it was made up by the eldest of Nana’s daughters and it just stuck. There you have it, first mystery solved.
So, who is Bomie Lillie and why would anyone care about her diary? Well, this is intended for our small little family. I was the first of her great-grandkids and my sister was only 1 1/2 when she died. I remember her fondly, and wanted my siblings to get to know her too. Recently we lost our Nana and in many ways it feels like our family is shrinking; losing the past that we came from.
Over the past few years I have been fiddling with genealogy and recently gotten quite serious about it. I believe, our ancestors deserve to be remembered. The good and the bad. Every moment in their lives determined our lives and the lives of the generations to come.
Most of what I know about Bomie Lillie is from stories. She was a force to be reckoned with. She was kind, but stern. She helped raise Nana’s daughters and was loved by them all deeply.
Bomie had dementia towards the end of her life, and you can see a little bit in her diary; random thoughts that occurred to her, mixed in with her daily activities. A treasure trove for those who wish to know more about this amazing lady.
Until we meet again, Bomie.
Lillie Evelyn Sundquist
Born: 7 June 1892 in Colorado
Married: Carl Frederick Herskind on 1 January 1912
Children: Robert Carl Herskind and Gladys Lillie Herskind
Widowed: 1 November 1935
Died: 13 January 1982 in California