Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Three Things About Your Mother

  Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!


Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along – cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1)  Sunday is Mother’s Day in the USA, and usually a time for memories and gratitude to our special birth person.

2)  For this week’s SNGF, tell us three things about your mother that are special and memorable  to you.

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status post.  Please leave a link in a comment to this post.


Here’s mine:

My mother was Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver (1919-2002), who lived her entire life in San Diego, California.  She was the daughter and only child of Lyle L. and Emily K. (Auble) Carringer, who married in 1918 in San Diego.  She married Frederick W. Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942 in San Diego.  I am her firstof three sons, born in 1943.  Stan was born in 1946 and Scott in 1955.  

1)  My mother was really smart.  She skipped a grade in elementary school.  I’ve seen her report cards from high school.  She graduated from San Diego State College in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science in Art, and taught junior high school Art and English for several years.  The bookcase in our home on 30th Street was stocked with a World Book encyclopedia, non-fiction and fiction books by famous authors.  She knew history, geography, art, literature, and learned about sports.  In her later years, she loved sitting on the deck of her Point Loma home with a view of San Diego Bay and the city and read paperback mystery books every day.  

2)  My mother was an artist.  Art was a stress reliever for her.  With three little boys, she needed that, and my father’s cousin, Dorothy Chamberlain, provided an outlet in the 1950s by picking her up and driving to a scenic place in San Diego and they would work on water color paintings.  I wish I had some of them!  They also went to Spanish Village in Balboa Park (an artist haven) to paint, share experiences with others, and see different art forms.  Eventually, in the 1970s she decided to create copper enamel scenes (she specialized in angels!) using thin copper plates, putting  enamel paint in different colors on the plates to form a larger scene or mural, firing up her kiln to melt and fix the paint, and then framing the pieces.  We have many of her pieces in our living room, as do my brothers.

3)  My mother was a serene person.  She was rarely angry and never swore, and any anger was verbally directed at herself or a situation.  She loved to sit quietly and read, drink sherry, talk with a friend, watch television.  She took events that happened to her and the family in stride and with a positive attitude – "how can we fix this or make it better."  

A bonus:  She was not overly interested in family history.  She knew three of her grandparents but virtually nothing about earlier generations and didn’t seem to care about their life stories.  
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Posted On: May 8, 2021 at 03:36PM