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Vintage Memories

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S: Moments in Time — Celebrating Eighty Years of Hazel

1: “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” FREDERICK KEONIG

10: From my earliest recollection I have referred to Hazel as “Mother”. The word “mom” just didn’t seem to fit for me. When she calls me on the phone and I know it is her, I answer promptly, “Hello my mother!” As we were growing up in hills of East Tennessee I watched Hazel groom us for an uncertain world. She reminded each of the girls that there wasn’t anything we couldn’t do and that our futures were not to be determined because of gender. She said, “You may be a girl but girls can do many things as good, if not better than your male competitors”. This can-do attitude was driven home to us every day. She sent this message while being a role model herself. I watched her juggle a full time job as a typesetter for many years. She would take me to work with her and sit me down with paper and pencils or markers and let me create all sorts of cartoon characters. She made me feel like my drawings were just as important as what she was doing. My mother was the most consistent bread winner for our family while managing to keep in tune with the activities that five children were involved with. Her diligent, disciplined ways were a very positive message to us and it certainly made the difference in some of the better decisions and choices I have made. We didn’t really have much back in the early years, but we did have each other. That proved to be plenty enough to carry us through and provide us with the strength to become who we are today. I’ve had the experience and honor of working with my mother in the work force as an adult. She was hired as a medical billing staff member at the University of Tennessee when I was Business Administrator there. I found her to be top notch at “attention to details” with procedure coding and processes she had to follow. She was always lively and fun and got along with everyone in the billing office. At work on campus, I called her “Hazel” to maintain a more professional atmosphere. You may hear me call her “Hazel” from time to time out of prior professional habit, but for the most part, she is “Mother” to me. Mother, I love you dearly! VICKY FAY-JONES (#1)

14: Mom, It would take a lifetime to tell you what kind of mother you have been, and how much I deeply appreciate you. You have been and still are the most amazing mother in the world. You have always been there for us through the good times and bad. You were always there to encourage with your words of wisdom, pray the most powerful prayers, council with the Word of God — a Proverbs 31 woman, indeed! Also, you did an amazing job raising ALL five of us! I know it must have been hard on you at times, since you were the sole supporter most of our childhood. By the Grace of God you hung in there and raised five wonderful children. I am so grateful that you raised us in church and instilled the Word in us. You are an amazing mother, and I am proud and honored to be your daughter. I love you, Mom! CONNIE GOSNELL (#2)

18: When I think of Mom, I think of a kind, strong, and caring woman, but as Ed would say, “That is one hard-headed lady!” When she wants something done there is no stopping her until it’s done, and you’d better never tell her she can’t do anything or she will prove you wrong while doing it. “Patience” is not a word that comes to mind when thinking of her because she has very little of it. Now I know where I get it — thanks Mom. She always told us, “You can do anything you set your mind to and never say can’t because can’t never could do anything.” I think we all fully listened to her on that one and have grown up knowing WE CAN — thanks again Mom. Watching her life, I know it has not always been easy, but I can say she is constant, lives what she teaches, is loving, caring, always forgiving, and is an example of what a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend should look like. Thanks Mom for being my mom and for giving me an example to live by. JUDY STOKES (#3)

28: My earliest memory of Mamaw is of her giving me a bath in the kitchen sink of the big white house. I have no idea how young I was, but I do remember getting scolded for spraying water all over her and the kitchen with the faucet sprayer. When I was a bit older, she took me in and let me live with her for a few months. I’d often come home to find a Bible open with scripture highlighted for me to read, and like any rebellious teenager I scoffed because I knew better. Though we may not have always shared the same points of view, I look back and know that this was her way of attempting to guide me towards a righteous path. And while my path hasn’t always been as righteous as she might have preferred, she’s always remained firm in her caring and love. She’s a remarkable woman with a heart as big as her family. Happy 80th birthday, Mamaw... I love you! JASON GOSNELL

34: Hazel, from the Hebrew name Hazael, which means “God Sees” or “one that sees God”. That meaning sums up Mamaw pretty well. Going all the way back to her early childhood, when she was ran over by her dad’s big truck. The tires ran over her head to her feet curling her up like a ball. Three doctors told her parents there was no hope for Hazel. They said to take her home and she would soon die. But God saw Hazel. As her little maimed body lay curled up in her bed one night, she saw darkness coming towards her. A scared little girl tried to hide away under the covers. Then she saw a bright light push back the darkness and her body began to uncurl. She saw God. She grew stronger and stronger every day, and went on to live a full strong, healthy life. Psalm 118:18, I will not die, but live, and tell of the works of the LORD! When I think of Mamaw I cannot help but also think of the Proverbs 31 woman. A woman who is a faithful mother and a faithful wife. She works hard with her hands, full of generosity and compassion, respected, teaches from her wisdom, full of kindness, and reverences God. Being a stay at home wife and mother to five children I cannot imagine what it was like for her to raise her five children AND be the breadwinner for her family. She once told me that even though her kids’ clothes were always bought from secondhand stores, their teachers would often comment on how nice and clean they looked. She was frugal and wise, and never missed a chance to thank God for His provision. I think most would have looked at her life as “hard”, but I think she would say it’s been a walk of faith and God never let her down. My absolute favorite story about Mamaw is the couch! She had an old couch in her house that she wanted rid of. So she dragged it outside in her front yard and set it on fire! Also, on Facebook one time I had posted that my husband said he felt so unmanly having to ask our neighbor to borrow his chainsaw. She commented on that post and said, “Tell him he can borrow Mamaw Tipton’s anytime.” It was great, but I’m not sure it helped Tony feel any better though, maybe a little worse. She can go from having the most gentle touch of rocking a baby to manhandling a chainsaw in a flat second. There is nothing that woman cannot do. She helped us plant our first garden. She came over and brought her tiller and showed us all how real men work. I’m probably most grateful to my Mamaw for her faith. She instilled such a love for God in my Mother and Mother passed that along to me. Her faithful walk with Jesus is an inspiration to so many, and her zeal for God is contagious. His love is so illuminated in her, she is truly “the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house,” Matthew 5:14-15. CINDY BARNES

40: Mamaw is an inspiration to anyone who knows her and I am very thankful to have her in my life. Somehow she has remained relatively sane throughout the adventure of raising five crazy kids and even crazier grand- and great-grand children. There are countless stories I could tell of her overall wonderfulness and laugh-out-loud times shared, but if I had to choose one to summarize, may we never forget Hazel’s epic dance moves unleashed during Eric and Ashley’s wedding. There is a picture in this album capturing her during one of those famous moves. Hopefully it will bring as much happiness to your heart as it does to mine. Love you “Crazel”, JOSH GOSNELL

52: “What I like about my Mamaw Tipton is that I’m her favorite. She loves me so much. She likes to hang out with me. She always loves it when I have a sleepover with her. She is sweet. Happy birthday! I love you!” ABIGAIL BARNES

53: “What I love about Mamaw Tipton is she gives me hot chocolate and chocolates. She lets me come to her house and love on her dogs. She starts movies for us sometimes.” NATHAN BARNES (I AM 5)

55: “The thing I love about Mamaw Tipton is that she always takes care of me and my siblings when Mom and Dad are gone. And I will always love you.” ISAAC BARNES

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  • Title: Vintage Memories
  • Scrapbook commemorating Hazel’s 80th birthday!
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  • Published: about 5 years ago