This week I’m focusing on my mother, Pat (Harris) Chaney, whose 90th birthday is Saturday. She was a great mother, and unfortunately passed away from cancer in 2001. My dad missed his 90th birthday by one year and my mother left us much too early, well before her 90th. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite photos of her, starting with one of her birthdays.
My dad helped us make a “cake” for her, with no recipe or proper baking procedures. It looked atrocious but she happily posed with it.
I happened to be right beside her in this photo (I wonder what I thought of the cake we made by pouring everything from the kitchen shelves into the batter).
Of course, following the arrival of the pretend cake came the real one!
Here are some of my favorites of her with the two of us (I am the younger daughter):
She sewed and knitted a lot of her own clothes and was always changing her hair color and style, as you will see. In this one she is wearing very fashionable boots in the 70’s.
She loved traveling to the mountains and the first thing she always did was take off her shoes and put them in a cool mountain stream.
My parents were married in 1949; here is their wedding photo and one of my favorites in their later years together on a cruise.
This is a very early “selfie” of her with her brother, Baxter:
They always had dogs around and this is one of my favorite pics with one of them:
Again, I was right beside her.
Finally, this is my favorite holiday portrait of my mother–so pretty!