Geraldine Martin was born in Fresno on June 8, 1928 – she sure was a cutie!
Mom seemed to have a difficult childhood and didn’t talk about it much. As I got deeper into this journey she shared a few tidbits with me but for the most part, it seemed like her life started when she met my dad. Her parents divorced when she was about 10 so photos with her dad are almost non-existent. But I was able to find one of the family together with her paternal grandmother.
Clara Fitzgerald Martin, Francis Brooks Martin, Earle Martin
After a few years of moving around and staying with relatives, Mom found her way back to Fresno in time to enter High School. I don’t think it was long before she had a new beau – my dad, Gordon Levy! I love how she signed this photo – I wonder who was more smitten with who.
After high school, Mom ended up at Stanford with Dad. She always said she didn’t “follow” him but I’m not sure who she was trying to kid. And once they both graduated, it was time to get married. Mom was a beautiful bride!
Then came kids and a chance to pose for photos. Unfortunately, the professional photos seemed to be more prevalent during the early years and before little brother joined the family.
And just like that, the years had flown by and before she knew it, Mom had grandchildren. I’m sure glad we were able to capture this photo with four generations but geez, what was going on with my hair?
Clara Fitzgerald Martin Hunter, Daughter #1, Geraldine Martin Levy, Me, Daughter #2 (c. 1981)
In later years, we tried to get together to celebrate Mom when we could. I think she was happy that we were able to be with her for her 80th birthday.
Mom and Dad loved to vacation in Kauai and visited every year around Memorial Day. Once Dad was gone, Mom continued to go by herself and loved to putter around the island and visit her favorite restaurants. After a few years of that, she said she wasn’t sure she could do it any longer but she wanted to go back one last time with the kids. Us? Vacation in Kauai? How could we say no?
I don’t know why we didn’t take many pictures while we were there but we did manage this while we were out to lunch (Kauai = restaurants in Mom’s world).
And now here we are the 3rd Mother’s Day without Mom. Still seems hard to believe she isn’t with us any longer but we have some great memories (and photos!) to remember her by. Miss you, Mom!