Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mothers Day

In loving memory of Bette Oliver 1924 - 2006  

This photo of my mother must have been taken in the late 1930's somewhere in South East Portland  

 Mom was the 7th child in a family of 8. Although they had some hard times during the great depression she always had a positive attitude. She talked about how her dad worked at the paper mill stoking the fire box all day for $ .25 a day (I assume she meant per hour) and then would work on the farm all night. She and her sisters painted barns, collected the eggs etc. The was never any negative tone about the hard times.                
This photo was taken in the fall of 2005 at one of her Favorite parks.

Mom remembered the hard times and taught all of us to be frugal, and grow our own food. Mom sacrificed a lot to raise her family, but she had 5 wonderful children and 13 grandchildren. Mom always stayed close to all 4 of her sisters & her 3 brothers.

Mom left us in 2006 to be with Dad.

Happy mothers day to all Mothers!!!!    




  1. a sweet tribute to her.

    my mom was the youngest of 8 and i am the youngest of her 8. i miss her practical, hard-working, sacrificing soul...

    thanks for your visit today!

    1. Thank you for visiting, I suppose when you have that large of a family being practical is a must.

  2. What a nice post for Mother's Day! Your mother was a lovely lady. :)

  3. Thank you, I could not have asked for better parents. I took them for granted, I thought all parents were like mine. my brothers & sisters all said the same thing, it was not until our teens or 20's that we realized how special they were.


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