Monday, November 29, 2010

Remembering Mama

Beaulah Belle (Yawman) (Sherrell) Spurlock

November 29, 1915 - June 5, 1999

Mama was the 8th and youngest child of William Lee and Myrtle Arminta (Snider) Yawman, born into a time when the United States, and the world itself, was going through immense change. She lived during World War I, the Great Depression of the '30s, World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. She saw the automobile and the jetliner come into everyday use, the opening of space travel and landing on the moon, the move from radio to color television as entertainment in family homes, the invention of computers and microwave ovens...the latter being one of her favorites!

Through it all, Mama remained a down-to-earth woman whose most important relationships were with her children and grandchildren. She bore five children (Deanna, Arnie, Tony, me, and Jennifer) and adopted my half-sister Jane as her own. She had 15 grandchildren and a growing number of great-grandchildren. If a little one cried, Mama would say "give me that baby" and usually the tears would cease.

She loved to bake -- pumpkin pie, pineapple upside-down cake, lemon meringue pie -- my mouth is watering! She could walk further and faster than most of us, even in her later years. She enjoyed animals of all kinds, from farm animals (especially pigs) to family pets to wild animals on nature shows. She liked to play games; she believed in playing to win, but playing fair!

Mama was a remarkable woman. Today would be her 95th birthday if she were living. Happy birthday, Mama, I miss you.

© 2010 Denise Spurlock

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