Wednesday, December 12, 2012

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 235: Betty and Fred Seaver in 1982

 I am posting photographs from my family collections for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday (you know me, I can't go wordless!).

Here is a photograph from the Marion (Seaver) (Braithwaite) Hemphill family collection passed to me by Aunt Marion's daughter in 2000 after her passing.

This may be the last picture taken of my parents, Fred and Betty (Carringer) Seaver, before my father died on 26 May 1983, at age 71.  It's also one of the best pictures of them, ever!

I'm pretty sure that this picture was taken by Aunt Marion (Seaver) (Braithwaite) Hemphill on her first visit to San Diego in the summer of 1982.  At the time, my mother was 63 years old and my father was 70 years old.  They had both been diagnosed with, and treated for, cancer in the spring (my mother with breast cancer, my father with prostate cancer), and were recovering from surgery.

The setting is, I think, the back yard of the home at 825 Harbor View Place in San Diego, and it was probably a flash picture taken at night.

 I know my father was ecstatic to see his oldest sister again - I don't think that he had seen her since he left Massachusetts in 1940.  Aunt Marion lived to be 98, dying in 2000.  

Unfortunately, the picture was glued into the album, so I had to scan the whole album page and then crop this photograph from that image.  

I'm going to add this photo to my database because it shows them in the last year of their married life.  The love is apparent, isn't it? I wonder where my father's gold band wedding ring is?  I wish that Aunt Marion hadn't cut off my father's head in the photo, but beggars can't be choosers, right?

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Joe Lowry said...

That's a great photo! Thanks for sharing, Randy.

Root Digger said...

Love the photo of your parents! They really did look happy. :-)