Crombie, who lives in
"I just thought as much as she talks about that part of her life in
He contacted the
He told it about his mom, how she was born in
He went into the insurance business as an adult, but in college he was a musician in a band called the
He and his mom, who turned 92 earlier this month and now lives with her daughter in
Among those: Brownell-Talbot, a private school where she graduated when it was called
Friday morning, they came to
She saw old Cornhusker yearbooks with pictures of her dad with the band and posing with his Sigma Epsilon fraternity brothers.
But it was the apartment at
Her grandparents --
He was a musician who stayed home and taught piano and organ. She headed the insurance department of the state of
She was a businesswoman, a kind-hearted woman, but tough, too.
"She could eat nails if she had to," said her granddaughter.
Crombie and her son drove past the state
Much of her day, though, she'd spend with her grandpa in the small apartment on the corner of
"I remember my granddad and I sitting in the kitchen at night. ... eating popcorn and milk," she said. They'd talk, after her grandma had gone to bed.
She loved her grandparents, she said, because they loved her unconditionally, even in her rebellious youth.
At 19, she cashed in a life insurance policy and took a bus to
"I wanted to see the world," she said.
She came home a couple of years later, got married on the spur of the moment -- without telling her parents. The marriage didn't last long and when her father got an insurance job in the
She met her second husband and raised four children there until the family moved to
She'd never been back to
And so many of them were made in that small apartment.
Her son pulled the car up to the dark-brick building just as the rain began Friday, and she peered out the open car window.
The building looked the same, she said, their corner apartment on the first floor, with a small deck and windows along the bedroom wall.
Not long before he died, her grandfather would gaze out the windows, worried that the passersby were wearing his coat and hat. He'd call for his favorite granddaughter and she'd come to him.
"They (her grandparents) were a big part of my life," she said. "I always thought of them as my saviors. They loved me no matter what."
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