Each year, around this time, I remember my mom. Here she is in a photo taken when she was in her 70's. She died when she was 79 in 1999. She would have been 89 on Dec. 17, 2009. She was a beautiful woman and a loving mother. Fondly called "Nana" by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she lived for her family and gave of herself unselfishly.
In this photo, my mother (in the middle) with her two sisters (Kathleen on the right, Carolyn on the left), is in her awkward pre-teens. She is just about to blossom into a great beauty.
I have no idea what mom was trying to do in the photo below, but it looks like she's sitting on a statue of a ship and she's ready to set sail!
The photo below shows my mother, far right and bottom row, in a white dress. It appears to be either a confirmation or graduation photo. She is stunning.
Mom was keen on athletics in her youth. Here she is roller skating on what looks to be a really uneven path. Quite the looker!
The photo below, battered over the years, shows her doing a sommersault into a pool. I do recall her telling us that she was a life guard at the local city pool.