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This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in Professional Case Management

Volume 18, Issue 2, March-April 2013, Pages 86-88.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.1097/NCM.0b013e31828069ed. Copyright © Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


Theresa “Tootsie” Smoder, better known as my grandma, always seemed larger than life. She bore eight children in nine years (The “Crazy Eights”), raised them almost single-handedly when her husband died and managed a 160 acre farm. Doing whatever it took to create security and stability for her family, Tootsie worked multiple jobs to feed her brood. She was a social butterfly who always tended to others and modeled the value of caring throughout her life.

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