CARL EDWIN and MARY LAWRENCE (BURNETT) OSBORNE
by Tom Osborne (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is a portrait of Mother and Daddy taken in 1980 for the church directory. About two years after this picture, in September 1982, they went to visit Bob and Pat but Daddy ended up having to have surgury. They stayed with Bob and Pat for 8 months until they moved into an apartment in May 1983. We all agreed with some sadness that it was best to sell the family homestead on the
Clinton Roadand stay in the apartment. Daddy got progressively worse and died on January 28, 1986, the same day the shuttle Challenger blew up; that was a tough day.
In 1991, Daddy's sister Jane and her husband Nolan Horton hosted the, so far one and only, W. R. Osborne family reunion. Mother's family got permission from the owners to visit the old homestead on the
road and and several of us did and walked around the field at back to the gravel pit. This picture was taken at the Lion's Club Lodge in Lone Oak Park the afternoon of the picnic. Lone Clinton Oak Parkincludes some of the land that Daddy owned when we lived in Lone Oak, and the Lions Club Lodge is just beyond the creek which was our own little Grand Canyon. The family had grown to include the spouses of several of the grandchildren, and Mother now had one great granddaughter, Brittany, being held by grandmother Pat, about 1 year old. L to R, back row: Loa, (Allen's wife), Allen, Kari, David, Bob, Carl III, Ralph, and Charlotte. Second row: Carol, Brenda, Kim, Pat, Brittany, Julie (Carl III's wife), Arlene, Kelly, and Mike Gaffney ( 's husband) kneeling. Front row: Jim, Mother, and Tom. Charlotte
Mother continued to live in the same apartment until August 16, 1999. At the time she left, she was their longest term tenant. Finally, we all prevailed on her to move to an assisted care facility. This picture is at breakfast at the dining room table just before we started moving her to her new home. That's Kari she is talking to.
This is Mother arriving at her new home accompanied by Bob and Arlene.
This is Mother in her room on her 88th birthday, on April 6, 2000. She had a very special birthday with her friends, and Bob, Pat, Brenda, and Nancy Holcomb. She now has 10 grandchildren, 8 of which are married; and 9 greatgrandchildren, with two more on the way.
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