Carmella Spagnolo | 1927–2019

A Glimpse into the Reign of the Duchess of Dunwoodie

Kellyn Shoecraft
7 min readFeb 7, 2020

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Carmella “Millie” Spagnolo, September 18, 1949 | Photographer unknown. Photo of the photo credit to author.

It’s hard to accurately describe my grandmother, Millie Spagnolo, who from now on I’ll refer to by her real name, which is Nanny.

As a child, after hearing one of my stories about Nanny, a friend asked, “Oh, is that your mean grandma?” Mean is not the right word, not even close. Nanny was brutally…

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Kellyn Shoecraft

Navigating sibling & parent loss and trying to change the way people support each other in grief. Founder at www.hereforyou.co