Her Birthday


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You may recall my posts about my cousin, Lona, who passed away last November. Today would have been her birthday.

I’m sharing this photo again (we used it in the video for her funeral) in memory of her.

This picture was taken in 1964. She was 11. It was the year we pretended to be secretaries to the Beatles (we dreamed big) when we played together after church on Sundays.

Our lives were interwoven with family and church. As children, we went to Sunday School together, GA (Girls in Action) functions, sang in the Junior Choir, and of course, as cousins, we were always visiting each other with family.

As adults, we taught pre-school Sunday School and Vacation Bible School together, and the GA functions were replaced by BYW (Baptist Young Women) meetings and activities. But, as cousins, the family aspect never changed.

We grew apart briefly in the 1990’s, but reconnected, and I was honored to be of help to her in the past few years as her health failed.

Our dear mutual friend, Janet, (more like a family member than a friend) and I are planning to meet this afternoon for an iced tea in honor of Lona’s birthday.

Oh, and Lona will definitely be with us.

Happy Birthday, Lona.

~These Days Of Mine~

19 responses to “Her Birthday

  1. I’m quite sure Lona will be with you and Janet today – just as she always has been and will be……….enjoy that iced tea and the memories.


  2. What a lovely idea to spend time with Janet to remember.

  3. Aww, that year of firsts is so tough. Glad you are spending it with another who loved her, the smiles and good memories are sure to bring her near to you in spirit today.

  4. Oh! This is a lovely way to remember her and to help yourselves through the landmark…..a special day for a special woman.

  5. A lovely post to remember and honor her today. Nice to have someone to join you today to share special memories.

  6. This brought the tears! I remember Lona at this age and all of her birthdays. My children always looked forward to her and Robert’s birthday parties. And so did I…another reason for our families to get together.
    Happy birthday, sweet Lona.

  7. Such a wonderful way to honor Lona. I love that you two pretended to be secretaries for the Beatles…priceless.

  8. Thanks for the memory this morning – tears but more laughs for Lona. This iced tea is for Lona (Mae).

  9. And her funeral was so special and honored such a caring and loving person.

  10. What a beautiful way to honor Lona! I love that you have this chance to do that and will raise my glass of iced tea to her memory today also. Sounds like a very special lady.

  11. what a sweet post in her memory…

  12. I love the story about the Beatles–you dreamed big but also innocent, since you dreamed of being secretaries and not groupies! A very sweet tribute!

  13. “Memories are made of this…..” I too have a long time friend named Janet and just spent a whole week with her sharing memories. How lucky we all are to have each other and what a wonderful tribute to your cousin, Lona.

  14. Lona was a beautiful woman with the voice of an angel. Happy Birthday, Lona. Her parents were the nicest folks and they were always involved with our Vacation Bible School and Janet’s Mom too. Wonderful family folks. Enjoy your time with Janet and I know Lona is smiling that sweet smile for you today. It’s the thing I remember most about her, that sweet smile.

  15. She certainly will…
    Such a fitting tribute… enjoy that iced tea …..

  16. Beautiful tribute for a beautiful soul. Precious memories are truly a treasure. I know Lona is looking down smiling 🙂

  17. Lona was a beautiful person in so many ways and I have no doubt she was with you today. I am sure she loved how you remembered her birthday today.
    Happy Birthday dear friend. ❤ <3.

  18. Wow, secretaries to the Beatles! Your dreams were so much fun–My dreams were boring when I was a teen. I wish I’d thought of that.

  19. Hope you had a great day.

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