Monday, August 25, 2014


This year my mother turns 80
I can hardly believe it, she seems like she's 50 to me
full of life and zest and still the most interesting person I have ever met

Here are 10 interesting facts about her:
1.  She is a Registered Choctaw Indian..her grandfather was a boy on the Trail of Tears
2.  She skipped 2nd grade...her genius was recognized early on and continues today
3.  She is an inventor  Patent #4724468
4.  She was a flight attendant for Central Airlines
5.  She was the first woman Spearman Little League president...blazing the trail for many today
6.  She was appointed by Texas Governor Bill Clements to serve on the Bureau of Indian Affairs
7.  She owned a company that created items sold in Spiegel, Neiman's and Frost Brothers
8.  She was represented in a permanent showroom at every market...NY, Atlanta, Dallas, Denver and LA
9.  She is a rated power seller on eBay
10.  She has a lucky rescue dog named Jet

She was  born in Bokchita, Oklahoma in my grandmother's house
I have the ashes of this bonnet in a Calumet Baking Soda container...her house burned shortly after this photo and her mother scooped up the ashes...stitches still intact.  Her rattle was a few pebbles, also in a Calumet can...that I cherish from my grandmother's belongings

she grew up in Amarillo, Texas
she was and still is a beauty!
inside and out!

I'm pretty sure here--she's wishing for 5 kids

This is my favorite photo of my parents...they were so Camelot!

Together they purchased and renovated 2 historical buildings in Spearman
this old hotel was moved by mules from Old Hansford in 1917

she was always full of ideas...this is her 
Mop Wig Idea
that's me in the her model
I made her this card when we went to a convention and there was a woman there promoting and selling 
Kitty Wigs
....not sure what else to say about that....

She and her husband Clay did re-inactments
this is her full regalia which will belong to me is a treasure made by her own hands
At any given holiday she might serve her famous beans and weenies in her backyard in that life-size teepee

She calls this her Baku Dress
She was contacted by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright to exhibit this dress that went to the Embassy at Baku, Azerbaijan for 3 years. It then sold to an Indian woman who wore it to the grand opening of the American Indian Museum in Washington, D.C.

If you stop at the rest stop on either side in Quanah, Texas, the displays she created were commissioned by the State of Texas

She is considered an expert in many fields
today she still uses her patent in her eBay store
and as an 80 year old knows more about computers than any one person I know, although I can never get how she types so fast with her long orange fingernails!

she loves a great joke...usually very elaborate ones and usually ones that team her and my older brother against the rest of us.  Just recently he sold his company and they sent us all a photo of his check for $3 million plus with a long list of things that would have to happen in order for her to sell her business and buy a house in Taos to live with them when they moved...they really had us going and today I have no idea what's the truth.  

he's the cowboy to her Indian!

It reminds me of the time she used her patent in a trick where she took a dollar bill, scrubbed off the front and photo copied a hundred dollar bill...taking special care to leave the other side so she wouldn't be doing anything too illegal...she loved to leave it laying on her shop floor for people to pick up with excitement!  Funny!

So you ask?...why am I telling you all of this today when her birthday is not until December?
well...for the longest time she did not even believe she was turning 80...she thought she was turning 79 and she wanted to have her party at the Choctaw Nation...

....and it might snow in December....


this weekend we will celebrate all the wonderful things she is 
many will receive their Indian names and be smudged/blessed by her
and we will have cake


another party in December...and I have reason to believe


helen tilston said...

Firstly a very Happy Birthday to your dear mother on the occasion of her 80th birthday. She is stunningly beautiful,gracious and classy. Her list of accomplishments must make you feel very proud. It is role models such as you mother, that need to be highlighted. She is a fine example for young women today.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...


What a marvellous woman your mother is. She has accomplished so much in her lifetime and clearly us still full of ideas and spirit. A role model for the entire family!

She deserves two birthday celebrations! Many, many happy returns!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

OMG, I have tears in my tears with overwhelming joy in your Mom's 80th BD celebration. Such a beautiful tribute to your Mom, thank you for this wonderful post.

Revi said...

What a sweet, sweet post! No wonder you are such a creative, artistic woman...good genes. Your mom is beautiful. Enjoy! (Funny - my mom skipped the 2nd grade as well!)

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Wow, your mom has quite a resume! She is beautiful, and how lucky that she is a computer guru. My uncle also does re-inactments and has a teepee and my grandmother made the full regalia. I hope you'll share her "recipe" for her famous beans and weenies. Enjoy the party!

Marissa said...

Happy birthday to your mom~
What a sweet post. Your mom is so beautiful!
And what a creative lady she is..
God bless her always!!!

Heather - New House New Home said...

What a lovely tribute to what is definitely an amazing woman. Happy Birthday, Gina's mom!!

Charlene said...

Gina, thank you for this will always be "my little daughter" and now I know "WHY GOD MADE DAUGHTERS". I am looking forward to my trip to the Choctaw Nation and the Birthday Party.

I love you, Mother

Minha vida de campo said...

Sua mãe é linda e transmite muita força e energia em sua áurea. Desejo muitas felicidades a sua mãe. E a toda família por ter um grande mulher passando grandes ensinamento.
Parabéns. Que Deus proteja toda a família.
Tenha uma ótima semana.

The Arts by Karena said...

Gina,happy birthday to your amazing Mother! Wow what an amazing woman!

The Arts by Karena

Ann said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom
she looks so beautiful
and she accomplished so many wonderful things.

Stacy Curran said...

Wow what an interesting woman! Enjoy every moment with her!

chateau chic said...

This is such a lovely post about your mother! What an amazing woman...I know you're so proud!!
Happy Birthday to your Mom,
Mary Alice

Brandi said...

Such a lovely post honoring your mother. She is beautiful. She accomplished so many things in her life; so amazing. Have fun celebrating.

StagerLinda said...

So now we know what contributed to your 'awesomeness'. How fortunate for you, dear Gina, to grow up as the offspring of this amazing woman. Your mother's beauty is a radiant beacon leading the path for others to follow. Happy Birthday, Charlene, your accomplishments are remarkable. How dear that Gina loves and appreciates them so much to share with us.

miss b said...

What a wonderful, talented lady who has achieved so much. You have written such a lovley tribute. Enjoy the celebrations!

sparklegem said...

Wow! What an amazing lady your mom is! I hope she has a very Happy 80th Birthday!


Algodão Tão Doce said...

Olá amiga, vim desejar-lhe um abençoado início de mês.
Linda homenagem!!!!!!!
Doce abraço Marie.

Geneva said...

Your mother is truly an amazing woman...and like you said..."She's beautiful on the inside and out." Lovely Post! Happy early 80th birthday!

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