The Times - Serving Waitsburg, Dayton and the Touchet Valley

By Brianna Wray
The Times 

A book of many chapters

Stop, write now


October 15, 2020

Courtesy Photo

The Swafford kids, Joyce, Jerry and (Grandma) Jo.

With eight grandsons and nine great-grandkids, Norma Jo Shay has more than earned the title of Great Grandma. For many years she's been the mandolin strumming frontwoman of the band Grandma & the Boys and is affectionately known in all the local bluegrass jams. Grandma Jo is a friend to many Waitsburgers. She shares old songs and fresh fish, the winningest combination.

She's been a tournament toxophilite, a skilled hunter with bow and arrow, rifle, or fishing rod in her illustrious past. The more you talk with her, the more you learn about all the many hats she's worn.

Some 57 years her...

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