Sunday, April 26, 2009

MEMORY MONDAYS~

Today I am starting a new feature...Memory Mondays. Every Monday I hope to have a new post up with a family memory. It may just be a few photos or it may be a story. I have been writing some stories from my life down the last few months and hope to do some more. Maybe this will motivate me (I will try not to bore you)!

My first Memory Mondays feature will honor my sister Sharon. Her birthday is May 4th and she left this life nearly two years ago on April 30th so naturally I have been thinking about her a lot lately. She was the eldest child and older than the next one born (Dean) by six years so she was sort of a mother figure to us all. She was always so good to me and then in turn to my children. A loving mother to Jalyn, Edwin, Norman, Eileen, Andrew, & Annie, and grandmother as well, I believe she is holding her latest little grandson very close right now as he is due to join us in this life on April 30th. Sharon, we all love you and miss you so much! There is no one like you!


George & Helen Hamblin Ellsworth in 1943 with their first child, Sharon Lynn. I believe this photo was taken at my Grandpa & Grandma Ellsworth's home on North Hobson St. next door to Pioneer Park. If you are into the vintage look right now take a look at my Mom's shoes & hair!
So cute!

This is a sweet photo. It has always been one of my favorites. Look at that golden hair!

Here is why I love this photo...it is on the Mesa Temple grounds in 1945. Sharon is with my Uncle Orland Hamblin & my Grandmother Ida Lee Hamblin. Uncle Orland had just returned from four years of captivity under the Japanese. He was in the group of men taken at Bataan and survived the awful death march. Here are three generations all smiles and the world was full of hope once more. Dad was not home from China yet. (Love Granny H's hat!!)
Mom & Sharon on the same day. 1945.

Sharon was always such a good big sister. She loved to play even as a grown-up! Here she is with Dean on the desert at Shiprock, New Mexico. I am guessing around 1953. Do you like their matching outfits?


Saddle shoes and Bobby socks! Sharon ready for school ca. 1957.

Bathing beauty at Saguaro Lake, AZ. ca. 1959?

Future husband and wife, Sharon with Jay Black heading off to the prom? ca. 1959.

Here we are in front of the family piano which Sharon could play beautifully. ca. 1959 Sharon, Richard, Me, & Dean.

My big sis and me ca. 1961. I adored her! This is our white frame house on Grandpa Ellsworth's dairy on North Recker Road just across a field of cotton from Falcon Field. It was very rural then!


Lovely bride June 1961. Mom made this gorgeous dress!!


I looked forward to every August when we spent time in New Mexico with Mom & Dad. We got to see Sharon' family too!. Here are Sharon, Dee, & Annie making fresh salsa from Dad's garden.


I love this shot! Here are Jay & Sharon stealing the show from bride Annie and her groom Cory Hadley. Dec. 2003. Salt Lake Temple.

Sharon & Jay on Annie's wedding day, 2003. Look at that beautiful white hair! I miss seeing it but I am working on my own crop right now...



This is the last time we were all together before Dad passed away. It was in celebration of his 80th birthday in 2001. Gena, Sharon, Dean, Richard, Dad & Mom in front.

9 comments:

Annie said...

Thanks for that little jaunt down memory lane. Man I miss her! It was nice to see her again.

Cougarnana said...

This is such a wonderful post, Marianne, I'll be looking forward to these memories every Monday. I could identify with several of the photos, they look like so many of my mom and dad and me, the fashions are so darling!! I'm also excited to hear about the possibility of your in-laws moving here...the Hammonds have a home here now, maybe the Loose's can live across the street again.

URFAVE5 said...

I'm really going to enjoy "Memory Mondays". I will for sure be looking forward to them. This was just a beautiful post and tribute to Sharon. She was for sure one of the sweetest most tenderhearted woman I've ever known. Thanks again for sharing. I also loved all the sweet pictures!
JoLynn

Jay-Dad-Grandpa Black said...

Thank you Mari. She will always be a part of my life. Jewel and I understand that our 1st spouses will be part of our lives and would not want it any other way. I feel very blessed to have two lovely ladies in my life. JAY

Abbie said...

I love this idea! Your sister sounds great, and I love the old pictures you put up with the memory!
Oh, and I actually did get a GREAT deal on the condo. :) It was awesome! Brick Oven pays me nothing, but nice people tip me well, haha!
Love ya!

Lori said...

I remember that laugh of hers . . . oh my goodness! I loved how she was always, always smiling and laughing. She wasn't a lot of fluff either. She was true and genuine. Heaven is a happier place now and I'm sure she has everyone laughing!

Helen Ellsworth said...

You continue to make my teas flow. That is ok. I wouldn.t have it any other way..Someone said, and I think i t was one of our General Authorities, "To take grief out of death, is to take love out of life." How true that is. Makes me feel better to know that they are together, out there, somewhere. But I do miss them so very much. Love you Mom

Helen Ellsworth said...

You continue to make my teas flow. That is ok. I wouldn.t have it any other way..Someone said, and I think i t was one of our General Authorities, "To take grief out of death, is to take love out of life." How true that is. Makes me feel better to know that they are together, out there, somewhere. But I do miss them so very much. Love you Mom

Edwin & Tamara said...

Thank you Aunt Marianne, that was the most beautiful tribut to my mother, thank you for the memories and pictures, I miss her also
Edwin