Friday, May 1, 2015

Flashback Friday with the Family - Aunt Hi

May Day! May Day! I wonder why they use that as a call for help. Isn’t it really a call to celebrate spring, to plant flowers or watch last year’s daffodils return to life, to frolic around the May Pole, to suck in the smell of damp earth. Well, that’s what I think. May is a time of year for animals to be born as well, not just cows and other barnyard animals, but apparently for us humans too. Quite a few of my relatives were born in May. Today I will pay tribute to the one born on May 22, 1920.

I don’t know if I have an older picture of Aunt Helen, my mother’s older sister, but here she is on her wedding day. It is pretty obvious that Uncle Bob’s best man was his brother, Jack. The maid of honor was Aunt Helen’s cousin Tudie. Jack and Tudie were already husband and wife, so cousins married brothers.

In May of 2000, the family had an 80th birthday party for her. Her youngest son Philip had already passed away and Dick, in the wheelchair, passed away in June 2004. Aunt Helen had not had an easy life. 

Here is Aunt Helen at a wedding in July of 2004. Isn’t she a cutie? I have had many adventures with her over the years. She had always been like a second mother to me.

I’ve written here before about the day Aunt Helen left us. I live in the faith that I will see her again someday.


Elizabeth Olmstead McBride said...

What a beautiful tribute Chris. It sounds like she was a wonderful person.

Chris Loehmer Kincaid said...

She was an incredibly strong woman too. Some day I will share how Huntington's disease ravaged her family.

Susan Marlene Kinney said...

Oh Chris! Wonderful remembrance of a wonderful woman. I can see a book coming out of those adventures! Woo hoo! Huntington's disease is a terrible disease. I do know about that. Can't wait to hear more about Aunt Helen!