Sunday, March 6, 2016

A New Hobby at 72: Myrtle Mae (Coppenbarger) Peters (Fearless Females Day 6)

As part of Women's History Month, Lisa Alzo has created 31 blogging prompts which you can find on her blog, The Accidental Genealogist. If you're participating in the Fearless Females blogging challenge this month, let me know & I'll hop over & read your posts!

March 6th prompt: Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor. If you don't have any, then write about a specific object you remember from your mother or grandmother or aunt.

She Became a Painter at age 72

My great grandmother, Myrtle Mae (Coppenbarger) Peters (1880-1970) was 72 years old when she started painting. Her art ended up in at least one local show, and an article about her appeared in the newspaper. 

Last year, while visiting an aunt and uncle, I was given two of my great grandmother's paintings.

This one is called "Autumn Oak" and was painted in 1962 when she was 81 1/2 years old (according to writing on the back of the painting).

This one didn't have a name, but it was also painted in 1962.

I loved seeing both my great grandmother's artwork and her signature on her painting. And, I love that she was willing to try new things at the age of 72!


  1. Amazing to find this talent when she did. Great heirlooms.

    1. Thank you! And, I thought it was really nice that my uncle gave me these paintings.

  2. Lovely to have her painting now. Well done her.


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