Believing that “Peace begins when the hungry are fed” Big Mama was also a member of North Side Mennonite Church where she was a member for more than 40 years. She has volunteered her time with the church locally serving as bible study teacher, treasurer, and women’s group leader. She also served on boards for the national and international church which allowed her to work in cities all over the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Africa.
After retiring, Big Mama pursued other life goals, with careers in sales, public service and for a time, babysitting her grandchildren while her daughters pursued their careers. Always yearning to cook and feed people an enjoyable meal, she began the legwork of opening her own restaurant at the tender age of 62. Three years later, in 2007, Big Mama’s dream of owning her own restaurant came to fruition, showing that one should never give up on one’s dreams.
It was Big Mama’s belief that local businesses and the community should partner together in the development and growth of a city to create opportunities for everyone to learn, live, and thrive. For this reason, and the desire to see the revitalization of North Omaha, Big Mama was adamant that her restaurant always be located in North Omaha.
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