September 6, 2017

by CountryThreads on September 6, 2017

Hazel Larson
Today would have been my mom’s 98th birthday.  This picture was taken in front of the cottage at Okoboji, her favorite place in the whole world.  Most of you knew her as the popcorn maker at Open House and I have the perfect picture of her standing at the popcorn machine.  I have searched for that picture for too long so I’ll use this one instead taken at her favorite rib restaurant, Bill’s Barbeque in Mason City, Iowa.  Notice her Okoboji sweatshirt.

We had a huge 90th birthday party for her here at the farm – she loved it and I’m so glad we did it because 2-1/2 months later she had a stroke and spent the next 2-1/2 years at Concord Care Center in Garner where she made the best of a bad situation since she was paralyzed on her right side.

Here she is with her sisters Blanche and Florence – Becky is standing behind her.

She loved sports and especially Minnesota Twins Joe Mauer.  When the Twins were on TV she made sure she wore her #7 t-shirt which is Joe’s number.  This picture was taken in her room at Concord with Becky and Izzy playing on her bed.

Becky and I miss her very much and mention her often – especially when we attend an event we know she would have enjoyed.

Happy 98th Birthday in Heaven, Mom!

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Catherine Dorsey September 6, 2017 at 11:16 am

Hugs to you.


Paula September 6, 2017 at 11:19 am

Sweet Memories, thank you for sharing.

Paula in Texas


Jean Elliott September 6, 2017 at 11:22 am

Nice post. You have some great memories.


Sharon Geiger September 6, 2017 at 11:31 am

Awwww! Such wonderful memories!


Kris Gavin September 6, 2017 at 11:32 am

I’m thinking of how delicious her birthday cake must be… thanks for sharing your Mom with us…. a special lady with an extra special daughter.


MartyCae September 6, 2017 at 11:40 am

Special memories of a special woman!


Louise September 6, 2017 at 11:41 am

Thank you for sharing your very heart felt memories of your Mom. A lovely lady with two beautiful daughters.


Dorothy September 6, 2017 at 11:47 am

You look so much like your mom. Thank you for sharing sweet memories. Now I know where you got doggie Hazels name. We named our doggie Patty after our pastors wife


Jill finch September 6, 2017 at 11:57 am

What a nice tribute to Hazel.I am so glad I got to attend that birthday party! Niece Jill


sandy September 6, 2017 at 12:05 pm

what wonderful memories!


Marilyn September 6, 2017 at 12:06 pm

God bless you Mary. Thank you for sharing.


Janice September 6, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Tears in my eyes You do look like your mom! I love that she wore her lucky T-shirt when Joe was playing, such a passion! I’m sure you miss her. Hugs to you Mary. Thanks for sharing…



Dee T. September 6, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Enjoy all your memories and pictures of your mom. You look just like your mom.


Charlotte Barnard September 6, 2017 at 12:14 pm

Mary: Wonderful to remember our moms whenever we can, which is always. She is always lovingly watching over you. God bless you both, and happy birthday in heaven! xx


Sue September 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Thank you for this sweet post and photos. You look lots like her, but you have probably been told that already. It immediately brought to mind my own dear mother, gone now for 18 years.


Marie M September 6, 2017 at 12:55 pm

Enjoy good memories of your mother today. Missing them never goes away. May you feel her loving presence surrounding you!


Martha Engstler September 6, 2017 at 1:46 pm

You are so lucky to have your special mom for so long. I think Iowa is great place to live a long life. My mom was 95 when she passed. Although she lived in the east most of her life she was born in Iowa and loved it, so do we.


Kathy September 6, 2017 at 2:19 pm

What a loving daughter you are for such beautiful words. I would love to have the gorgeous head of hair your mom had!!!


Donna and Shirley September 6, 2017 at 2:28 pm

Hi Mary,
Very nice how you put the pictures of your Mom, together with little stories about her.
Know she’s looking down from heaven, smiling that you remembered her on her 98th birthday.
Birthdays, should never be forgotten!
Friends from Montana,
Donna, Shirley, Bob & Abby


Ann Barlament September 6, 2017 at 3:04 pm



Susan Burger September 6, 2017 at 3:19 pm

You resemble your mom very much. You were fortunate to have her for so many years but I know how you never get over losing your mom.


Becky Rose September 6, 2017 at 3:55 pm

Thanks, Mary, for this wonderful tribute to our beloved mom! Yes, we surely do miss her!❤️


Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts September 6, 2017 at 4:21 pm

What lovely memories to share, Mary. Your Mom shares her birthday with my sister-in-law, Brenda, who turned 57 today.


Cynthia Sabinske September 6, 2017 at 7:43 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos and great memories. Autumn is a very nostalgic time of year, and I also have great memories of my myther as well! Your mother must have had a lot of spunk and seems like she had a lot of happiness too! Thanks for sharing your memories with us!


Melody Lenart September 6, 2017 at 8:15 pm

Dear Mary,

I certainly feel your pain. My mother died on New Year Day 1996. Miss her all the time. We’ll see them in heaven and won’t that be wonderful.


Linette Anne Stewart September 6, 2017 at 8:39 pm

Love the photos!


Cathy Davis September 6, 2017 at 9:51 pm


Kathy Hanson September 6, 2017 at 10:02 pm

What wonderful memories you have of your beautiful mother. Love and hugs to you today – and always!


Diane September 6, 2017 at 10:15 pm

What a lovely lady:) Glad you had her close by.


Cathie Braman September 7, 2017 at 7:19 am

How sweet. Beautiful pictures and beautiful memories!


Janice Brown September 7, 2017 at 8:19 am

What a lovely tribute to your mother. My own mother would of been 98 this December but we lost her about three months after she turned 90. I do miss her a lot.

Are your mother’s sisters still alive?


Noel September 8, 2017 at 11:12 am

I have often wondered if Ernie Jo Mauer was named after him! Such nice memories of your mom.


Felicia Hamlin September 9, 2017 at 10:46 pm

Mary you look a lot like your mom and your aunts, all good looking women. It sounds like she had a lot of spunk. Hugs to you.


Jo Kramer September 10, 2017 at 9:01 pm

We’re never too old to miss our moms.


Rosemary September 10, 2017 at 10:05 pm

great memories of a wonderful woman! We’re smiling at our memories of her too!


Pam Wakeman September 11, 2017 at 9:38 pm

I enjoyed seeing the pictures of you and your mom. Was your mom a quilter too?


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