Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ginny's 80th Birthday Party

This is a post from our past travels. The party was enjoyed on Saturday, June 17, 2006.

Kathi’s mother, Virginia (Ginny) Hathaway’s 80th birthday was June 26th. We were having her party a little over a week early, because it was the best fit to get the most people there.

Kathi and I hosted Ginny’s 75th birthday party when we still had a house in Deer Park. Now we were living in an RV and traveling full time, so Andrea and Larry Clark (Ginny’s youngest son) hosted the 80th birthday party. Andrea arranged for a large building for a group of 50-60. She arranged the catering and the decorations. The main decoration color was purple – one of Ginny’s favorites. Kathi and I arrived a little early to help get the tables and chairs set up so everyone would have a place to sit and eat. One of the highlights for Ginny was a lot of pictures of the family over the years. The pictures were dispersed around the room on several tables.

All Ginny and Jim’s children and most of the grandchildren were there. Our two could not be there. AJ was living in San Francisco and Christopher was deployed with the Marines in Okinawa.  Alma Welch was Ginny’s only sibling that attended the birthday party. The other sisters lived in Oklahoma and California. Deteriorating health was a problem for all of them making traveling difficult. Ginny and Jim planned to visit the sisters in Oklahoma a few weeks later. There were lots of nieces and nephews in attendance. Also, several of Ginny and Jim’s friends from Second Baptist Church attended the party. Everyone with a smile and friendly face was welcome.

I ate too much again and was exhausted by the time the guests started leaving. Ginny was tired, but tried to keep going as long as she could. We tried to keep her off her feet as much as possible – but she wanted to see all the pictures. Kathi and I stayed until all the guests went home so we could help stow the tables and chairs along with a little trash disposal. Eek-work. I got to do more manual labor than I was used to, but it was worth the effort.

Everyone had a good time and we enjoyed a lot visiting, a lot of laughter and a lot of food. So much food that Andrea took the leftovers to a women’s shelter in Pasadena. Andrea gets all the credit for making the party a success.

Andrea Clark

Larry Clark, Kathi Boozer, Virginia Hathaway and Carl Clark -- 80th birthday party

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