Glader Johnson Mills with her mother, Nora Thornton Johnson
It was always odd to me to hear Mike's grandmother Glader refer to her mother as "Mommy" but that is what she called her. Glader was widowed before her mother Nora; Henry Mills died in 1963 while Fisher Johnston died in 1971. After Fisher's death, Glader moved into the home with her mother. I have memories of visiting "Norie" in her home during the Christmas holidays. There was a coal-burning fireplace in the front room which fascinated me. Grandma Johnson had a low-seated, straight-back chair in which she sat with her feet crossed and encased in what she called her "ball shoes." These shoes were high-top basketball shoes that she liked to wear, i.e. her "ball shoes."