S: Carole's 70th Birthday Celebration
FC: Happy 70th Birthday to Carole Jean Heffron Mingus from her friends and family
1: Happy 70th Birthday Carole Jean (a.k.a. Grandma Carole)
11: Dear Grandma, I love everything we do, like all the fun stuff we do together. Like going on the Disney Cruise. I loved when you took me to STOMP. But my favorite thing you ever gave me was TLC. Your the best Grandma I ever had (on my mom's side). Love, Carter
31: Joan and David McCoy
41: Carole, I appreciate how you taught us all the importance of family. You are there when we need you most and you always make time for the little things in life such as driving up to see Eddie get a reading award or Elizabeth in another school production. I have learned to celebrate even the small things because kids grow up quickly! The Mingus family traditions, from Carpinteria Beach to the slopes of June Mountain, are what my children will remember most about their childhood. I can imagine Kennedy, Carter, Elizabeth and Eddie all taking their children to the beach and the mountains remembering the matriarch that held the family together through thick and thin. Thank you for being there for all of us all the time! Thank you for accepting that odd son-in-law who drew on table-clothes the first time you met him, orders the strangest thing on the menu and encourages you to take your shoes off when you visit. You have accepted me as your son for better or worse and I am honored to be a part of your family. Love Mark | I hope my children and grand children appreciate and love me at 70 as much as yours love and appreciate you!
42: Life with Corole Heffron Mingus | The Heffron family-Opal, Herman, Linda and Carole-would come to spend time in Inwood, IA, at Grandpa and Grandma Brown's. It would be a big Brown get together. Grandma would always have wonderful cookies. We would all take turns turning the crank on the ice cream maker-cool pineapple, delicious strawberry and once a while fresh peach. We would have fights spitting watermelon seeds at each other. One year the Coffin's took and drove to CA to see the Heffron's. What a different world this was to us Midwestern kids. Of course Carole was older than all of us. Us girls fell in love with her fiancé, Bill Mingus. We were all glad she married that handsome man. Carole and Bill took us to the movies one day. Brother Paul threw a fit crossing one of the main intersections in Ventura. Carole had enough and whopped him on the butt. He said he was going home and left. At first Carole was angry with him and then got worried that he would get lost. No fear. Paul always knows everything and did find his way back to the Heffron household. Aunt Opal was so proud of her Mexican food she baked us a wonderful?? Mexican dinner. As it was us bratty kids weren't so fond of the Mexican dishes. (Of course given it to us today, we would scarf it all down without a second thought.) We were just Midwestern kids use to potatoes, meat, and vegetablesThe next time spent with the Heffron's was when they came to visit us in LeMars, IA. Opal and Herm were sleeping in Barb's room. Barb went in to get some clothes for school. The next thing we heard was a scream and Barb was running down th hall. Herm had left his toupee on the dresser and Barb went to pick something up and touched it. Scared Barb nearly to death.
43: Carole and Linda weren't used to thunder and lightning storms. The storms just took their breath away. It would be like us in CA with an earthquake. One day we had a particular bad electrical storm. We found Linda and Carole under Barb's bed. We laughed about it at the time, but as we got older we realized how frightening it must be when confronted with something so scary because you aren't use to it. During the same time there were tornado warnings out. Tornadoes were very scary to me at the time. I grabbed a mattress off one of the bunk beds, called Carole and Linda and the rest of the kids to head for the basement. We still laugh about that. When Bill and I traveled in our RV, we parked in front of Bill and Carole's house for a week or so. As adults at this time we had a wonderful visit with them and all the kids and grandkids. The Mingus clan is truly a wonderful and loving group pf people. I'm glad to call them family. Carole, I know there are probably many more things that have happened, but these are the ones that I remember all the time. Love You, Phyllis
46: The Party June 2011
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