Mom passed away on March 9th, 2012, at age 93, in her own home, surrounded by family and friends.  May her soul and those of all the departed rest in eternal peace.


                                Ninety Today                                   


She was the pretty sister with such natural beauty

that everybody said she could have been a model;

Even Betty Grable’s legs would blush

when Dean walked through  Woolworth’s.


She became young woman of many talents

who could not only sew, and cook and bake and clean,

But also paint, decorate, antique and entertain–

You can just bet that Betty Grable couldn’t do half that.


Once she found herself under a Lucky Star,

looking up into the handsome face of a sailor named Bob

who took her away with him to the far shores of California

where hummingbirds and avocados lived.


There they began their unique life adventure together

Meeting and making new friends and neighbors,

With multiple bar-be-ques, quick trips to Mexico,

And late night card games among the orange trees.


When they set down roots in Santa Clara Parish,

She made a delivered YLI food boxes for the needy,

and gave the Altar Society poinsettias from her back yard.

At the annual bazaar, he led the car raffle, she the dog.


They became the proud, devoted parents

Of Pat, Ed, Chrissy and their many, many pets;

then grandparents of Elisha and Sherry,

and great-grandparents of Ben and Ariel.


By Spring and by Summer, by Winter and Fall

Dean gladly shared her concern and her cookies

with her family, her nieces and nephews,

at bar-be-ques in El Rio or out at Camp Comfort.


She made her own home into a place people loved to visit;

Where great food and much laughter always won the day.

Relatives came from the Midwest, the Northwest, the Southwest

To see Aunt Dean, Uncle Bob, Lawrence Welk and Walt Disney.


And of course her heart was smashed into pieces

When her Star returned to heaven without her one day.

Her well-being was shattered; she wept and her legs ached.

Many of her talents turned suddenly quiet and shy.


Yet she survived those hard times, and lived to turn ninety today,

Her heart is overflowing with deep gratitude for the fond memories

And warm recollections that have created her own, unique life,

especially for that bright Star to whom she is still hitched.


Welcome to your own photo journal, Mom.   Let’s start off with a view of our house.  As you know, there are five of us in the community, three 30-somethings and two of us 60-somethings!  The other vintage community member is Larry, my best friend from High School (below), who sends you his love.  We share our No. Portland home with two teen aged kittens named Bill and Ted (also below).

So let’s take a walk around the block and see what is blooming.








Here are the two new trees we planted in front of our house” Elm and Oak.

Larry gave me these next pictures which he took last September when we were down attending our  45th Santa Clara High School Reunion.  GO SAINTS!

Our 45th High School Reunion.


I promised you an updated photo of your Guatemalan grand-god-daughter.









Look Mom,

It’s Iris time in the neighborhood!











Moving around the neighborhood, we find Mt. Hood on the horizon.

Here is a nearby barn that is now the Headwaters Theater.

We have a nearby park with beautiful trees in it:

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