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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Birthday June and goodbye

June Francis Loomis Olmsted 6-21-1926 to 6-14-2011

01 June, Francis & Helen circa 1930s (673x1024)

June, Francis and Helen 1930s

We had a love/hate relationship like so many mothers and daughters unfortunately share. Yet she gave me life and taught me many wonderful skills.

02 June Loomis High School gradution 1940s (416x778)

High School graduation 1940s

In the last year, since my Dad passed away, Mom and I started to get along better, almost like two adults.

03 Ray & June Olmsted married 1-3-1947 (896x1024)

My time in Texas this winter was like riding a roller coaster, we had our ups and downs. Yet I will always remember us talking and laughing, telling stories, going to the beach.

04 June Gail 3 wks old & Hal Olmsted April 1954 Spring Rd Hinsdale IL (585x644)

Mom, me and my brother 1954

She may have taught me more in the last three months than the last three decades.

05 Mom boating maybe 1970s (1024x723)

I love you forever Mom.

06 Mom in car along Park Rd 100 Padre Island TX (1024x738)

April 2011

25 comments:

Amanda said...

Sorry for your loss but happy you had the chance to spend with her during the last months. I had and still have a similiar relationship with my own mother. It is what prompted me to pack up and move far away. Now we get along fine. I wish the very best for you. I will keep you in my thoughts.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Oh, so recently. I'm very sorry for your fresh loss.

My mom and I get along so well now that I wonder why it couldn't have been this way over the past decades. I've just decided some fields have to lie fallow to become productive again. It sounds wiser than shrugging my shoulders.

I'm so sorry.

Roxanne

Ruth said...

A loving tribute to your mom. I am glad you were able to spend time together this spring, hard as it was at the time. You were a caring daughter.

RuthieJ said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Gaelyn. I'm glad you and your mom were able to share some good times together this past winter and spring.
Hugs from Minnesota!

Karen said...

You and I have had many conversations about my relationship with my mother, which is probably about like the one you had with yours. I know that her passing has brought a huge mix of emotions, from sadness and grief to relief. You know I'll be here for you whenever you need me.

Teri said...

So sorry for your loss, after all your hard work to have your Mom closer to you. Nice pictures.

Diane AZ said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Gaelyn. This is a beautiful tribute to your mom. What a loving daughter you are.

Phillip said...

My sincere condolences with your sad loss.

Elaine said...

Gaelyn, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It's good that you were able to spend so much time with her in the last few months and that you were able to talk and laugh and enjoy each others company. You were also able to go through all her things together and gain more appreciation for some of her keepsakes. Sharing that time together has left you with precious memories. It's always hard to lose your mother, no matter what your relationship was like, as I know from personal experience. You lost your father not that long ago too. Your tribute to your mother is lovely, and I know she will be in your heart always. My prayers are with you.

Camels & Chocolate said...

My heart breaks for you. I had no idea you were going through this =(

Firefly said...

I am so sorry to hear about your mom's passing, but I am really glad that you got to spens some time with her and got on better towards the end. I'm thinking of you my friend.

Janine said...

Gaelyn, this was a lovely remembrance for your mom. You have been a wonderful daughter and friend to her. Be thankful for the time you spent recently together. My prayers for you and her today.

Small City Scenes said...

Gaelyn, a very nice tribute to your Mom. So glad you spent the last few monthes with her and maybe got to know her a little better or at least did get a little closer. I remember reading your posts during that time.
Another star up in our wonderful sky. MB

haphazardlife said...

Oh Gaelyn, I'm so sorry for your loss. And glad you had that time together in Texas. Sending lots of love your way.

Red Shoes said...

I so understand... I so relate...

I'm very sorry for your loss...

~shoes~

Martha Z said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Gaelyn, but I am pleased that you and your mother were able to reach a degree of understanding towards the end.
I was also interested that the name "Loomis" was included. I went back to my family tree and saw that a Loomis woman married Nicholas Olmsted back in 1640

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Oh Gaelyn I am sooooooo sorry. I am so glad that you have just had some time together. My thoughts are with you. Hold tight to all the good memories. Take care. Diane

Bernie Krausse said...

Beautiful tribute:

Often when the associations of the past disappear, we can start fresh with people, even if they are our parents. The moment then erases previous labels to experience the pleasures of being in a new relationship, even though one has been together with a person all their lives. When there is nothing to compare, then we can enjoy being creative and spontaneous in the moment with friends.... again, even if they are our parents.

I am happy that you got to spend some quality time with your mom where you were both able to give each other your undivided attention.

Much love to you Gaelyn in these changing times.

Arija said...

What a treasure your herculean effort of 'house clearing' for your mother was for you in retrospect as it gave you the chance to come closer and appreciate her more. I am sorry she left you so soon but glad that you have the good memories to fall back on.

Hugs and blessings . . . Arija

Nat said...

So sorry to know that you lost your mom so recently.

Silver Fox said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Gaelyn. Great choice of pictures, glad you were able to connect more meaningfully these last months.

Quiet Paths said...

My heartfelt sympathy, Gaelyn. All the time you spent helping her clear out the house was hopefully a gift to you now. I am almost sure it was a gift for her. Wonderful photos.

Francisca said...

A touching tribute, Gaelyn. Perhaps your last months of getting closer enabled you to say goodbye to your mother with no unfinished business. Such was my fortune last year when I said adieu to mine. Hug.

Sally in WA said...

Gaelyn,

I am so very sorry to read of your Mom's passing.

AJ said...

I don't really know what to say...
May the sadness pass and the fond memories remain! God bless

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