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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Frances' Birthday

It is number 93 for Mom Frances today. Can you just imagine all the changes in her lifetime?

She carried water from a well to her house to cook, bathe, and wash clothes. They washed in tubs outside over a fire and hung them on a line. They cooked on wood cookstoves and hauled the wood for that. She was creative and did hand work like crochet and worked as a seamstress. She remodeled her house, building cabinets and moving walls and much more.

She and husband, Jesus, raised nine children. She worked for all those years. Jesus died in 1964 and she continued working with 3 kids still at home, finished high school and became a teacher's aide where she retired years later.

She lived on her own, driving and caring completely for herself until about 2 1/2 years ago. She moved into assisted living in Albuquerque to keep her independence and not have to live with a daughter.

I talked with her on iChat a few minutes ago. She is amazed at the technology and was figuring out what Gene's new computer has that her orange iMac doesn't. She still turns on the computer once in a while. She makes a rosary every day and has for many years. She and Gene figured out she has made well over 10,000. Wow! She is a walking history book, right.

Here she is in 2005 at a reception for the Queens of the Magdalena Old Timers Reunion.

Frances in 2008.

Frances in October 2009.

And Frances at last year's birthday.

Happy Birthday Mom Frances!


Bag Blog said...

Frances is an amazing woman - Happy Birthday to her!

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Happy Birthday, Mom Frances, and many more!!

You look great! What an inspiration for us all to live by!
Hard working, and high tech, awesome lady!!

Regina Calton Burchett said...

Happy Birthday, Frances! How wonderful to have such tenacity and curiosity over so many decades. Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Joanna said...

Yay, Grandma!

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, thank you. I will pass on the good wishes!

Fantastyk Voyager, thank you. She lived in Magdalena, so you know it wasn't easy. Ha.

Hi Regina, thank you as well. I will let her know about your comments. :)

Hey, Joanna!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

She doesn't look her age either!
How lucky you are to have her!
Merry Christmas, Jo! Thanks for all your comments on my work!

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Mary, thanks for stopping by. I will pass on your nice words to her. Merry Christmas back at you! I look older than she does, so sad.....

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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los NiƱos. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill


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