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A Tribute to Mom 1926 – 2013

https://vimeo.com/71279015 A wonderful video by Patsy Templeton showing the very full life and incredibly good times of CLMD12. Advertisements

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Carrie Virginia Vannoy 1889-1976

What a remarkable woman.  Born Feb. 4, 1889 in Dinuba, California.  Died Feb 3, 1976, Bakersfield, CA, at 86 years. Fond memories of Grandmother- Shared birthday with Caroline, Dodge dart, Dracena apt with patio garden, smile. The Macdonald cousins, 1964.  Dickson’s, Frick’s and Gardner’s. Grandmother Carrie Virginia, far left with her three daughters, top, Marian, Louise, …

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Happy Thanksgiving 2012

Here are pictures I’ve found in my “box” of photos.  Plus, the posting of Dickson’s mashed potatoes.  (Posted earlier, but worth re-posting).  My most favorite picture is the one with Mom surrounded by all of us. Taken by Mitch in 1998.  Happy Thanksgiving!      

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1st day of school

Labor day weekend was always the turning point.  The weekend that went from enjoying the care-free days of summer to getting back to much needed routine days of school.  I’m not sure it wasn’t any less care-free for Mom.  Clothes had to be washed, dried and folded.  Lunches made and packed, and get us down …

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Name sakes; Grace Smith- her story

I had forgotten Zayna’s middle name was Grace.  I know that Gretchen named her first born daughter Grace as well. Jane Borg who lives in Watsonville and part of the Pajaro Valley Historical Association, interviewed Grace in the summer of 1988.  She published a book entitled Grace Dickson Smith.  I’d like to share a few …

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August birthdays

Bob Dickson, Brynn Becker Dickson, Leah Templeton, Rich Peckham, and of course Grace Mildred Dickson Smith.  I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone!!! Grace Smith, a.k.a. Aunt Grace was born August 16, 1902.  Here she is with Mom in 2005. Aunt Grace was 103 years old at the time.  Mom looks pretty good herself! Tidbit info- …

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Summer- getting ready for fair, built so much character, no?

  1967                                                                                               1975 What’s really amazing is in …

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Before and After -1976 pool

A summer ritual.  The only thing misleading about this picture is that there are no girls photographed.  I know we were there.  Perhaps after the boys finished brigading the water from the bottom of the pool, then the girls scrubbed the sides.  Sounds rather sexist though.   And of course we had help from Mr. …

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Grandmother and the keyboard – some things you never forget

I have been down visiting Mom and saw a wonderful display of flowers and presents that had been sent to Mom for her birthday.  One of the presents was from Emily and it was a piano keyboard.  Mom took to it like a fish takes to water.  Watch and see. Grandmother playing the keyboard

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More of Mom

I couldn’t resist putting a great number of pictures together showing highlights of Mom.

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