Born in the late 1800's, Emma Rucker survived being widowed at 33, raising 9 children and 2 grandchildren by herself, two World Wars, and the Great Depression. She moved from horse-and-buggy days into the space age. .
Emma Rucker endured a life of sorrow. She never let it show.
"She always taught us things you can't change, don't worry. But, we did worry, and I know she did, too," said her daughter Bertina Clemons of Atlanta.
Emma Rucker was a widow at 33 with nine children to raise. She knew much sorrow in her life, but taught her family, "things you can't change, don't worry," says daughter Bertina Clemons.
"She didn't stop. She kept going. She couldn't bring them back."
Mrs. Rucker found joy in her nine children, 21 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren, despite tragedy in every generation.
She found joy in cooking. "She always had enough for one more," Mrs. Clemons said. "My nephew said Big Mama could cook you a whole meal in about five minutes."
She found joy in her garden and grew some vegetables just to share.
She did not talk about becoming a widow at 33 and rearing her five girls and four boys and two grandchildren alone.