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May 07, 2010

Nashville's Cinderella

Mother's Day is this weekend. Mary Ranson wrote to the program about her mother, Thelma Jean Graham. She wrote, "Growing up with an eccentric mother was tough but interesting. She would tell me these odd stories about her childhood that sounded too strange to be true." Thelma Jean told her daughter Mary stories about performing as a child ventriloquist, living her life in an orphanage, and being discovered by a Hollywood star. Mary didn't know what to believe. One day Mary decided to find out the truth. She took a week off work, drove to Nashville, and spent days at the library looking for answers. When Mary uncovered the truth, it shocked and delighted her. Now in her 80s, Thelma Jean has dementia, and Mary has become her mother's memory keeper.

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