Bethyl Davis Wood 1962

Happy 80th Birthday Mom!

I’m writing from the Pacific Southwest District Annual Assembly in Riverside, CA where I’m having a great time so far. However, my thoughts are with my mother who turned 80 today in South Carolina – so far away! I managed to put together a gift basket and get it in the mail in time, which if you know me was a big accomplishment. I filled it with goodies including little chocolates that my mother likes to have after dinner, a yummy smelling candle and to make it a “turning 80” theme I added a box of “Senior Memory Mints.” (I could actually use memory mints myself!)

My mom spent the morning as she does every week, teaching English as second language as a volunteer. I was so pleased to hear that they brought her a cake and card, since I can’t be there to make the fuss over her I would like to today. I blogged about the picture of my mom boarding a ship in a recent post. She was 35 years old when that picture was taken in 1962. The other photo was taken when my mother and father were married in 1965 in Mexico. They met at an embassy party when my mother was working for the foreign service in El Salvador. She had just been transferred there after living in Holland for years. My father was there temporarily as part of his work for the Atomic Energy Commission (now the Department of Energy).

I posted the picture of her from 1962 on a Flickr group and this comment was posted:

“Wow, what a great shot! Very “Jackie O.” (before she was “Jackie O.”)”

That’s my mom: beauty, brains, class and compassion. I’m so proud to be her daughter!
(imagine my mom extremely uncomfortable right now protesting the compliments)

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  1. Pam,
    I called your mom this afternoon to wish her a happy birthday and we had a great chat. She was looking forward to opening her birthday cards and the package you’d mailed her.

    I agree–beauty, brains, class, compassion–and add organization and energy to the list. I would also call her a “trailblazer,”
    working all over the world as she did, living in all sorts of places, giving birth to you in a foreign country without the presence of female family members.

    Happy Birthday, Bethyl! And many more!

  2. A beautiful tribute to an amazing mother! You have followed her in an adventurous approach to life! I am touched that she is still volunteering: wow!

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