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Our lens focuses on Valerie's maternal grandmother, Mary, walking along the shore of Lake Michigan on March 22, 1959. She and her husband, Charles, lived in Miller, a suburb of Gary, Indiana, and their house was just a block from the lake. Although it looks bleak and cold in March, the sandy beach was a favorite spot in the summertime, and family members living in Joliet, Illinois, often visited. After Charles died suddenly from a heart attack, in 1960, Mary moved back to Joliet to join her family.