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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Memories of Mom in photos

Francis Faye Culp Clark, 1949, Fort Worth
I have more photos, of course, but these span the years.  With my somber Mothers' Day trip coming up tomorrow to her grave in Waurika, they hint at her, better than the sparse letters on her gravestone--a life is so much more than a name and dates. With memories of a recent family reunion, and old photographs, I wonder at the years and stories untold. We know so little, don't we, but we love more than words can tell.
Oldest photo of Mom--1909?


East Texas girls, from left, Ima, Faye, Gladys, Vera

The Culp kids,  early 1930s? (Old car in background). From left, Vera, ET, Faye, Ima, J.C., Gladys

Faye, I don't know the year

Southwest Bell basket ball team, 1929--Faye at right, front row

Ima, Vera, Faye, dated 1931

Easter Sunday, Albuquerque, 1950s, Dad, Jerry, Me, Mom
1950s in Dallas...Mom, Sissie, Grandmother, Gladys, ET

Mom, Houston, late 60s



Mom's retirement at MD Anderson
Grandkids, late 70s, Waurika...Travis, Dallas, Mom, Becky, Derrick, Vance

Waurika, Oklahoma

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