Today would have been my mom’s 98th birthday. This picture was taken in front of the cottage at Okoboji, her favorite place in the whole world. Most of you knew her as the popcorn maker at Open House and I have the perfect picture of her standing at the popcorn machine. I have searched for that picture for too long so I’ll use this one instead taken at her favorite rib restaurant, Bill’s Barbeque in Mason City, Iowa. Notice her Okoboji sweatshirt.
We had a huge 90th birthday party for her here at the farm – she loved it and I’m so glad we did it because 2-1/2 months later she had a stroke and spent the next 2-1/2 years at Concord Care Center in Garner where she made the best of a bad situation since she was paralyzed on her right side.
She loved sports and especially Minnesota Twins Joe Mauer. When the Twins were on TV she made sure she wore her #7 t-shirt which is Joe’s number. This picture was taken in her room at Concord with Becky and Izzy playing on her bed.
Happy 98th Birthday in Heaven, Mom!