Mom (and Dad) were Democrats, no doubt about it. They were farmers after all. But in 1960 she flip-flopped and voted for the Republican nominee, Richard Nixon, of all people. She simply could not abide the thought of the Vatican ruling the country. As we all know, JFK won the election. I don't remember, but I would like to think that she grieved his assassination as bitterly as we all did.
In a letter postmarked Nov. 4, 1968, she wrote: "Well by the time you get this I hope Humphrey will be our next president. Time will tell."