December 6, 1923 Mary Jean Evans was born to William Lewis "Lew" and Hazel Evans. I wrote before that Grandma labored all day on December 5 while preparing Lew's birthday dinner. Mom was the second child born to my grandparents.
Mom reports she was a sickly child. Very thin and didn't walk for awhile. She didn't believe Grandma thought she would live.
Mom did live. She was eighty five when she died. One of her childhood birthdays
was recorded in the Sharon Herald. Grandma made her a checkerboard cake
without the special pan.
Mom did feel a little cheated having a
birthday so close to Christmas. She received many combination gifts and I
must admit I was guilty of that when I was younger. She also had to
share her birthday at times, first with her father, then with her
youngest granddaughter. I don't think she resented the combined family
parties we had for her and Mary Ellen.
I thought today, Woodland,
her nursing home, had a spaghetti dinner fund raiser, always seemed to
be on her birthday. My brother, his wife and daughter and the girls and I
went, enjoying the entertainment as well. I wonder if they still have
that fund raiser. Her last birthday, in 2007, she didn't join the festivities, preferring to stay in her room.
also had pizza and cake many years. When she still lived in her
apartment, we crammed into it with an extra friend of Mary Ellen's.
After I took the girls, Mary Ellen, Katie, Sarah, and Cassie to
Kraynak's for Santa Land and pictures with Santa. I bought them all a
The year I was large with child we went to a restaurant in
Transfer. We relished being together. Afterwards, I took chocolate chip
cookies to our new neighbors. Ambling up the hill with my oversize
belly. The next night, I was in labor.
I can't remember many of
her birthdays when I was little. One year, she bought shrimp cocktails
in special glass bowls. Grandpa like shrimp cocktail, so I know it was
for him, whether for his birthday or Christmas is hazy. But Mom always
thought of her family first.
I miss my mom, but I know she has
been having the best birthdays ever these last six years. Her last years
on earth, she slowed down much and I'm sure she missed my dad. I know I
miss them both and so does my family, but I am so thankful for all the