My Aunt Ella was the final sideshow "fat lady" under the canvas tents and in the dirt lots of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus. One newspaper article said she was "300 pounds of 'heart' and 286 pounds of 'personality.'" For a woman weighing almost six hundred pounds, nothing in life was small for Aunt Ella. Her massive bosom honked the car horn every time she got behind the wheel, each of her show gowns required over twelve yards of fabric, and chairs broke under her massive behind.When she died she needed a custom casket and two burial plots to accommodate it. Even the pearly gates must not have been wide enough to fit her tremendous bulk as her ghost haunts the trailer which was her retirement home.Take a "light"hearted journey with me as I discover more about my Aunt Ella and her life on and off the road with the sideshow.
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