Tuesday, May 7, 2013

My Mother - Carolyn Nelson Blaylock - March 30, 1929 - February 22, 2013

Carolyn's name will be added to Dad's grave stone at last.
This was the end of a wonderful week celebrating and laying to rest my mother, Carolyn Nelson Blaylock.

The call came on a Friday evening, February 22, 2013, that she had suffered a stroke and was unresponsive.  She passed a way several hours later with three of my brothers and a few other family members at her side. 

The bonfire was symbolic of many things, but most of all it was a memorable final evening together, sitting around the old picnic tables and visiting, only this time the old picnic tables provided the fire.
What follows are some of the many pictures of my mother as a tribute to her.  This will be my first Mother's Day without a mother.

The weekend of my wedding, January 1974, with my grandmother, Emma Lovisa Nelson, my mother Carolyn, my sister "Buffy", and my mother's sister Emma Dayley.

Picture taken in 2009 at her childhood home in Brigham City, Utah.

We celebrated her 80th birthday with a big family party in Logan, Utah.  This is a picture of all the family that gathered at the Blue Bird Cafe.

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June 2012, Amelia Jean Preece, daughter of Jenny Clinton Preece, meets Great-Grandma for the first (and only) time.

Visiting Grandpa's grave, June 2012

June 1952

Buffy spent Fourth of July 2006 with Mom and got these pictures.

That's me, posing for a picture for my dad who was in Japan as a Marine during the Korean Conflict, July 1953.

Like the caption says, with her granddaughter Sharise on her wedding day. 

Meeting great-grandson Chase Clinton for the first (and last) time, on his 1st birthday,  before he and his Mom & Dad, Chris and Lindsay, move to Japan.  November 2012.

One of the first pictures taken at the family farm purchased by Paul and Edna Blaylock in 1950.  This shot was on Christmas Day 1953.

Dean and Carolyn Blaylock, 1952

Some more shots from her 80th birthday celebration, 2009.

Carolyn and her sister Emma.

The birdhouse on Carolyn's front yard garden.

A family reunion in 2000 included a wonderful water slide that even Carolyn couldn't resist.

Carolyn and her posterity at her 80th birthday party, 2009.