S: Our Mother - Love and Laughter
BC: Motherhood was her greatest ambition and she excelled at it as well as Grandmotherhood. Thanks for the love and laughter! | What a Wonderful Life!
FC: Our Mother
1: March 1941 Bonnie Lynn She was named Bonnie because she had such a "bonny" personality from the very beginning. | Her first home was in Bismarck where Dad built a home for his little family. | Mom takes Bonnie from Nurse Johnson. | Motherhood Begins
2: 1941 Mom with Bonnie, 4 months old. One day Mom and Dad just wanted to get away, so they took Bonnie on her first picnic. | Happy Days
3: 1942 Mom with Bonnie when Uncle Chet came to visit. Taken at Aunt Emma and Uncle Rennie's farm.
4: 1943 After moving from Bismarck to the farm in March, Kathleen Ann was born September 1st. Life on the farm was busy, so Bonnie watched over her little sister while Mom planted a garden, canned, and took care of the family.
5: Mom poses with Kathleen at three months. She was named after Mom's Aunt Kathlyne who was married to Grandma Hill's brother, Walter. | The family of three becomes four
6: 1944 Mom with Bonnie & Kathy near the car on the farm. | 1945 Aunt Lillian and Cammie came to visit in ND. Here they are with Mom, Bonnie and Kathy
7: 1945 Mom loved to entertain us by making faces, talking silly, or strutting her stuff. She always made us laugh!
8: 1946 Christmas in Washington. Mom poses with Bonnie and Kathy in Grandpa Hill's car as Grandma Hill looks on. | 1946 Mom with Bonnie & Kathy in the spring.
9: We spent Christmas in 1946 with the Hills. Mom, Aunt Mabel, and Uncle Chet went to a park in downtown Seattle. Bonnie and Kathy had lots of fun.
10: 1947 The farm house had an old wash house. Dad moved it into Steele to become the kitchen and bedroom of a little house. The move. Mom, Kathy, Grandma & Grandpa Barta in front of the 1st Steele house after a living room and bedroom were added on to the wash house.
11: 1948 Christmas in Washington We drove to Washington in the middle of the winter to visit the Hills. We stopped at Snoqualmie pass and Mom posed with Bonnie and Kathy. She also posed with Bonnie & Kathy and Grandma and Grandpa Hill outside their home. We got together with Grandma and Grandpa Hill, Uncle Chet, Aunt Mabel, Aunt Lilian and cousins Cammie, Steven, and Sheila.
12: 1950 Charette Marie Charette was born on February 16th and completed our family of five. It was a year of family as we traveled to Washington to visit relatives, and spent time with our Jamestown family.
13: 1952 Again we traveled to Washington State. We got to have fun with our Washington cousins. Note Mom with her glasses.
14: 1955 Happy Birthday, Bonnie! Somber Bonnie ready to blow out those candles for Mom and her sisters. | 1954 Another summer visit to Washington and Grandma and Grandpa Hill. We get to play with Steve, Sheila & JD plus meet our new cousin, Bradd. | 1954 Mom and Bonnie entertain Grandma Barta while Charette looks on.
15: 1956 Mom kept us laughing with her jokes and antics. You couldn't stay mad at her, nor could you stop from giggling. Dad tried to get us to stop, but once we got going, even his stern warnings went unheeded.
16: 1957 - 1958 What a wonderful mother we had. She was funny and feisty. She believed in equality for her girls - if she paid $60 for a gift for Bonnie and only $50 for a gift for Kathy, she would add an extra $10 to Kathy's card to make the amount equal. When you had a problem she would always encourage you and tell you that you could do it!
17: 1962 Mother of the bride. Bonnie was her first to leave the nest and go off to college. Then before Mom was ready, she saw Bonnie move miles away to Fargo and start a new life with Jack. | After 1965 As we continued on in life, we knew we could always count on Mom to give advice and pray for us. | She always encouraged us to leave the nest, but said we didn't have to fly so far away.
18: After 1965 Mom was busy at home with Charette, who was in high school. Charette got to spend more alone time with Mom than Bonnie or Kathy. With Bonnie in Washington and Kathy in California, it was nice to have Charette in Minneapolis.
19: Although her "chicks" strayed from home, she managed to spend time with them. She traveled the country visiting - Bonnie in Kansas and Washington; Kathy in California, Ohio, Texas and Nevada; and Charette in Minnesota. She would visit and always help, especially with the grandkids.
20: She was such a wonderful mother, and we were truly blessed that she was our children's Nana.