Today she would have been 80 years old, and I wish she were here so we could have a great big party for her.
Our Mom grew up in Southern California, and was a California girl all the way. In her mid-twenties she became a Gold Country Girl. In the above photo I think she was in her mid-teens.
Our Mom was very close to her grandchildren. Here she takes my son Josh on a visit to the Gold Rush town of Columbia, not far from where Heidi lives, and one of our favorite places.
As the eldest daughter, I was lucky to be an "only child" until I was three and a half. (I wish I had this dress of my mom's from the very early fifties. It looks like it is colorful and cotton. Just my style.) In this photo my Mom was only 20 years old, and it is amazing how much alike we looked at that age, especially in this picture.
Our courageous mother went to college in her late thirties when all of her daughters still lived at home, and got her teaching degree in her early forties, teaching kindergarten until almost the end of her too short life. I admire that tremendously. In this picture she is enjoying her graduation day, circa 1972.
Happy birthday to our Mom, we miss you very much.