Monday, February 13, 2006

Happy Birthday Daisy!!

Happy Birthday to my Mother-In-Law, Daisy, pictured here with her parents Waldo and Grover Pryor of Yonkers Oklahoma sometime in the year 1932, in the middle of the Depression and middle of the Dust Bowl.

The family migrated to California several years later ala the Joads in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, moving around the state before settling in Tipton and then Visalia.

The family included Daisy and her brothers Vernon, Loren and Mark and sister Maida.

Daisy graduated from Visalia Union High School and was married to her sweetheart Bill Andrews as a child bride.

Sadly, Daisy's father Grover passed away not long after her marriage. He was only 40 years old.

Daisy and Bill had two children, Catherine Christine (Chris) in 1951 and William Michael (Mike or Michael) in 1954. The family moved from Visalia to Bakersfield to Salinas to San Jose following Bill's career with the phone company.

Sadly, Bill died in 1984 at the age of 55. Daisy and Bill had recently built their dream home back in Visalia on five acres that they planted with almond trees.

Daisy moved to Carmel, CA with a roommate and while there she encountered Ed, a retired VP from IBM, a widower with 12 mostly grown children.

Daisy and Ed were married 20 years ago and lived in Maryland, Ed's old stomping ground for a time before settling back in Carmel.
She is the adoring (and adored) grandmother of three great kids, Sarah Andrews, Scott Andrews and Stephen Day (right to left in picture).

Daisy is a self-educated woman and well versed on many topics, and one of the two most well-informed people I know (the other being her son, my dear husband). My two very favorite lefties are pictured at the "left".

I treasure time spent with Daisy and look forward to every visit and mostly I wish her a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY and MANY MORE!!

Love you lots,

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