How is the mother such a striking women and how did the author feel about her appearance
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Born Ruchel Dwajra Zylska on April 1, 1921, in Poland, Ruth McBride Jordan (or "Mommy"), the mother of twelve children, was born into an Orthodox Jewish family and raised in a violent Southern town. At nineteen, she moved into a new life in New York City, where she fell in love with a black Baptist minister named Andrew McBride. When she married McBride, she was pronounced "dead" by her Jewish relations. Ruth lived life on her own terms. She ignored societal racism and sexism. She brings her kids up to respect education and God. She provides a home for them despite having little money and working many jobs.