Saturday, May 7, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A Favorite Photo of Your Mother

It's Saturday Night, 
time for more Genealogy Fun!!

For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:

1)  This is Mother's Day weekend, so please go through the photographs you have of your mother and share one of your favorite photograph of her.  Just one.  Oh, tell us why it's one of your favorites, and tell us something about your mother, too.

2)  Share your photograph and story in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or on social media (e.g., Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, etc.).

Here's mine:

This is a two-generation picture of the tow most important females in my childhood.  The photo was taken in about 1929, and shows my mother, Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), as a 10-year old girl with her mother, Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977). 

My mother was an only child, and the family resided in San Diego on Fern Street.  As a 10-year old, my mother had her whole life ahead of her, just like my granddaughters have theirs ahead of them.  She excelled in school and had many friends.  In the coming years, she would attend San Diego High School, then go on to San Diego State College, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Art, and finding work as a junior high school art and English teacher in 1940.  

She met Frederick W. Seaver in 1941, and they were married in July 1942.  They lived in Chula Vista, and both worked at Rohr Aircraft in the early years of World War II.  Pretty soon, their eldest son Randy was born, Fred went into the Navy, and soon after he returned in early 1946 another son, Stanley, was born.  They moved to 2119 30th Street, and lived there until 1978.  The third son, Scott, was born in 1955.  The boys attended Brooklyn Elementary School, and she worked in the PTA for many years.  She also became a Little League mom, in addition to being chief cook, nurse, laundress, seamstress, shopper, and the greatest mother.  

Always a calming influence in a family with four boisterous males, she spent her free time doing art projects, reading books, watching TV, and helping her elderly parents.  She was the quintessential 1950's mom.

Life happens - and we don't know what's in store for us.  My mother succeeded in raising three sons, having a happy home life, and serving her family and colleagues well.

This is one of my favorite photographs of my mother because it shows her as an innocent child with her own mother. 

Please tell me about your special mother and show us a picture!


Copyright (c) 2016, Randall J. Seaver

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Dorene from Ohio said...

Randy, This is an old post, but I love this picture of my mom:

My mother, Joyce Parker Orshoski, lost her mother at age 11, and her father at age 17. She married young, and had six children, and then became a widow at age 51! She went on to re- invent herself, and worked several different jobs, before she lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. I loved her so much, and she shaped the person that I am!

Diane Gould Hall said...

Beautiful ladies Randy.

Life Goes On said...

here is a post of my mama.

Amy Urman said...

Sorry Randy - here is the correct link:

Janice M. Sellers said...

Because I posted my favorite photo of my mother last year, this year's is my second favorite:

Lois Willis said...

I've also shared my favorite photo and other posts about my mum, so I may have already shared the photo and story in my post:

Nancy Ward Remling said...

I shared some of my grandmother's pictures instead. My mother always hated the camera.

Unknown said...

I decided to focus on all the maternal photos that I have. So many of my ancestors did not leave photographic evidence - but here are what I have:

Thanks for the promptings.