Granados Rey - Beano
(name at birth following the Spanish
July 6, 1920, Mercedes Granados (aka as "Beano")
was born in Riverdale, Maryland. She was the tenth child,
ninth living, and the seventh daughter.
July 16, 1945, she married John Francis Reynolds. They
had four daughters, Dolores, Margaret, Grace, and Marie.
was the first of the First Generation to pass away.
(except for Angelina who died shortly after birth).
She died on March 31, 1978 at the young age of 57.
on Beano - submitted by her daughters
three sisters and I are on the beach in Ocean City ,
Maryland , talking about our mother and what we would
like to say about her for the upcoming Granados website.
She died on March 31, 1978 , over 25 years ago, but
the four of us share some memories that are as vivid
as if they happened yesterday.
remember the holidays, because she made them so special
for us. She must have worked for weeks before Christmas
and for hours after we went to bed on Christmas Eve
to create the dream world we woke up to on Christmas
morning. Money was tight but you would never know it
(we sure didn't). Each year she would make new wardrobes
for our dolls. They were of the finest fabrics and the
latest styles and the envy of all our friends. One year,
when Grace decided to give her Toni doll a drastic haircut,
Mom creatively disguised it by sewing a nun's habit
for it. It was identical to the habits worn by the Sisters
of the Holy Cross and everyone at St. Hugh's Elementary
School wanted one just like it.
was another special time, thanks to Mom. She would make
each of us a new dress for Easter services and we wore
them with white gloves and mantillas. She would make
homemade butter creams, chocolate eggs and flaky butter
pastries. She knew Margaret did not like chocolate so
her Easter basket held licorice and pepperoni.
all remember how much Mom loved being around her brothers
and sisters. We remember going shopping at Prince George
's Plaza but spending most of the time at the Hecht's
hosiery department. That was where Aunt Clara worked
and the two of them would talk and laugh for what seemed
to us like hours.
spent some of her time volunteering for the Ladies Auxiliary
of the Greenbelt Fire and Rescue. They had a picnic
at a beach on the Chesapeake every year and Mom would
enjoy being with her friends, picking and eating crabs.
It was the only time we remember that she did not share
with us. When Maryland crabs were on the table, it was
every man (or girl) for himself.
didn't really talk much about her childhood but we're
lucky to have found her scrapbooks. When we look at
them, we see a young girl who was athletic, always smiling,
and who loved her family and friends. We see that young
girl develop into a stylish and fun-loving young woman
and then a beautiful bride and young mother. She always
loved being near the water and, in spirit; she is here
with us right now.