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Affectionately, Toots - My Mother's Journal by Cheryl Elferis

Affectionately, Toots - My Mother's Journal

by Cheryl Elferis

182 pages
A daughter's tribute, based on her mother's journal and writings.

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About the Book
Edna Louise Craig was born July 12, 1920 in Harlem. She was the eldest of three children born to Jamaican immigrants. When she was six, her parents purchased a brownstone on Greene Avenue in Brooklyn, where she lived for the next 56 years.

At an early age, she showed extraordinary musical aptitude and became a skilled classical pianist and organist. Edna met the love of her life, John Antonio, while attending a British boarding school in Trelawny, Jamaica. Their courtship developed during six years of correspondence when Edna returned to the United States after graduation. In 1944, she and John were finally reunited in New York and married.

I was blessed to be her daughter. We were very close. She called me Missy; I called her Toots. She had such interesting life stories to tell, and when she was nearing eighty years old I asked her to write it all down in a journal.

Affectionately, Toots is a compilation of material taken from two journals, a diary from earlier years, plus lots of letters and handwritten notes of love and encouragement she wrote all through her life. I have put them together, filled in some missing pieces with memories and commentary of my own, and have added family photos throughout.



About the Author
Cheryl Elferis inherited a passion for writing from her mother. This is her first book, motivated by her motherís writings. Cheryl works in the travel industry, inspired by her many trips to Jamaica. Other pastimes include martial arts and childrenís ministry. Cheryl lives in Flushing NY with her husband, Gary.



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