Streetwise: Mother's Day
Dennis Pisila, Retired electronics engineer: She grew up in Idaho and Montana in a Finnish family where they only spoke their own language. She never attended high school and went to Boise to work as a domestic and learned most of her English. Through one of her employers she found a job in San Francisco where she worked for Muriel Atherton Russell, the daughter of Gertrude Atherton. She cooked many meals for people of wealth and fame, and as a seamstress she designed many gowns for them. She was an accomplished and hard working woman.

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