My Grandmother


My grandmother’s name is Jeanette Waston, and she has always been a huge force in my life.

It’s not just me though.

She has influenced a lot of people in amazing ways.

She wrote a book called The Orchard City about her hometown, Campbell California. It’s a wonderful chronicle of her town and our family’s history there.


In addition, she was the mayor of Campbell for many years, during which time she helped raise the money to move the Ainsley House (above) from San Jose to downtown Campbell where it could be preserved for its historic value, and become a museum.

She was involved in a lot of really wonderful projects. Another beautiful example is the Campbell Heritage Theater (below). The building used to be her school when she was young, and she worked hard to turn it into a museum.


I am so proud to be her granddaughter, and I am so thankful for her influence in my life. Being able to share beautiful moments with her has helped me to understand how government works, and that there is no limit to what a woman can do.

Our last adventure to Sedona was a lot of fun, and as I am thinking of her today, I thought I would share a picture of her, and share how lucky I feel to know her.