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Mom's 90th Birthday Party

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Photographs by J R Compton and Anna Palmer
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this page     The Party     dinner the night before     decorating the room     the next day
 
Hula Girls - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

Last year, my father, called Dad or Jack on this page, had a big family gathering to celebrate his 97th Birthday. This year, Mom (Mary) wanted a big party for her 90th. So she got one.

My sister Mary Ann organized the dinner and the party, hired the hula dancers and gathered the family. All Mom & Dad's kids came, of course, and Mom's sister Marjorie and her family and several of Mom's friends.

Mom knew about the party and asked Anna and me to take photographs. But the hula dancers were a big surprise. When Dad, Mom and us kids were stationed at Hickam Field near Honolulu in the very early 1950s, Mom studied Hula Dancing, and learned it well enough to teach it at almost every base we were stationed at after. Which is why she was able to join right in.

The night before the party, we gathered for dinner at Mary Ann & Todd's. The next day, we organized and decorated the party room. Then came the party itself, with a few scattered images the next day. These four links go to this page's major sections.

I've been careful not to reveal full names or much detail about who these people are. If you're one of us, you know. This is the web …

Mostly, these photographs are presented in chronological order. If you are in any of these pictures, and want to use them, please read the notice at the bottom of this page. If you have photographs you think should be here too, please email me the full image that came from your camera.

 

Dinner the night before

gathered at Mary Ann's - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

the family fills a room

Mom and her little sister Marjorie like to wear matching clothes in bright colors.

Dad looks at a photograph from about 67 years ago.

Dale, Clare and Anna are also fascinated by a box of family pictures.

Kelsey and Diane - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Diane and her daughter Kelsey

More family kept arriving.

Jack, Julie and Anna

I don't know whose hand is on the left, but that's Mark's on the right.

Kelsey Coloring - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Kelsey coloring

 

Jackson Smiling - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Jackson Smile

 

Jackson Flying  - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Jackson Flying

 

Daddy on TV - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Daddy on TV about being at Pearl Harbor

Dad flew into Hawaii on December 7, 1941 as the Japanese were attacking. Here he is telling his harrowing story in a recording from TV.

Dad Talking and pointing - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Dad

 

Mary Ann dipping icecream - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Mary Ann dipping ice cream

 

eating ice cream - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

eating ice cream

 

Dale and Mary Ann

Dale & Mary Ann in Kitchen

 

Going for a walk - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Going for a walk

After dinner, Dale, Todd, Clare, Jackson and I walked around the neighborhood. Pretty fast.

\Teresa at Mary Ann's - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Teresa

 

Discussion between doors - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Clare, Dale, Mary and Mary Ann

 

Mom and Todd - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Mom and Todd

 

 

Decorating the Party Room

Clare and Tom - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Clare and Tom hanging the big banner in the party room

Everyone was invited to help decorate the party room. It was fun. Mary Ann was in charge, but she listened to lots of ideas. The theme was Hawaiian.

Kelsey - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Kelsey

 

Mary Ann pondering - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Mary Ann pondering

 

colorful decorations - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

 

Mark and Tom

Mark and Tom

 

Leis and Flowers - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

 

Kelsey helping Mary Ann - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Kelsey helping Mary Ann

 

Tom setting table precisely

Tom setting each table

It was fun and educational watching my siblings act and interact. Mary Ann assigned Tom to set the tables, which he did very precisely until she insisted he do it with abandon. Then he really got into it.

Dale and Clare - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Dale and Clare

 

Diane Framed - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Diane framed

 

Flowers, etc.

 

 

Kelsey and Mark - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Kelsey, Mark and looped tape

 

Clare and Anna overseeing - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Clare and Anna

 

Mary Ann - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Mary Ann explaining

 

Dale swinging Kelsey - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Dale swinging Kelsey

 

Dale Puffing - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Dale catching his breath.

 

Spencer disaprooves of the hat - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Spencer doesn't like the hat …

 

And shows his disaproval - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

… and shows it

 

Amanda smiling - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Haley, Amanda, Audra and Sean

 

six eyes - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Kyle

 

Hat and Booze - © 2911 Anna Palmer. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

J R, Dale and Tom Kick - © 2911 Anna Palmer. All Rights Reserved.

J R, Dale and Tom

 

Kelsey

Kelsey

 

Mom and family women's hands - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Mom's and other family women's hands

 

Maisy and Jared

Maizy and Jared

 

 

The Party

Mom's entrance - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Mom & Dad's grand entrance

 

Anna Palmer Photo - grand entrance

Mom is delighted

 

mom, tom and hat - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Mom and Tom

 

John T and Sarah Ann - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Jack and Sarah Ann with Todd and Anna

 

Jackson - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Jackson and a stack of smiles

 

The Grays - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Julie, Jack, Sharon and Clare

 

Spencer - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Spencer

 

Kyle - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Kyle

 

Spencer Kissing Maisy - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Spencer kissing Maizy

 

Mom and Dad - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Dad and Mom

 

Mom and Dad - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

John and Mary

 

Mom and Dad - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Mom points where she wants to be kissed

 

Mom and Dad - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

So he does.

 

Mom and Dad - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

And the other cheek, too.

 

Mom and Dad - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Big smiles

 

Todd, Dale and Clare - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Todd, Dale and Clare

 

Hula Stage - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Hula girls

 

Sarah Ann hula-ing - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Sarah Ann with Hula girls

 

Haley and Mary - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Haley photographing Mary and Sarah Ann

 

Amanda and child - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Amanda and Kyle

 

Hula Girls - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

That picture again — Hula Girls

 

wild child - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Maya

 

Joining the Hula - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Joining the Hula: Dale, Clare, Mary Ann, Sarah Ann, Joyce, Kyle, Haley and Mary

 

Amanda and Sean - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Amanda and Sean

 

flowers in her hair - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

flowers in Mary Ann's hair

 

table flowers - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

table flowers

 

Ukelele Dale - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Dale singing

 

Maya Singing - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Maya singing Happy Birthday

 

A Birthday Verse - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

A Birthday Verse from the grand girls: Jennifer, Olivia and Joyce (with Spencer)

 

Dad's cleaned plate of sugar cake - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Dad's cleaned plate of cake with lots of sugar

 

Hula Boy - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Patsy, Clare, Todd and Anna

 

First Generation Spouces - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Second generation spouses and girlfriends

 

Chris - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Chris

 

Group pictures

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Dad, Mom and their kids:  J R, Tom, John, Jack, Mary, Dale and Mary Ann

 

JR, Tom, John T, Mary, Dale, John and MaryAnn - Photograph Copyright 2011 by Anna Palmer. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

the same bunch kicking it up

Mom's Son's Women - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Mom with her sons' wives or girlfriends: Anna, Patsy, Mary, Clare and Julie

 

The Women - © 2911 Anna Palmer. All Rights Reserved.

Mom with Third-Generation Women: Teresa, Jennifer, Maizy Joyce, Spencer, Mary, Haley, Amanda, Audra and Olivia

 

Anna, J R and Mom - copryight 2011 Anna Palmer

Anna, J R and Mom

 

Mary, Jack and Tom's Family - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Tom's Family with Mom & Dad in the middle: Jennifer with Maizy, Patsy & Tom, Mary & Jack, Joyce, Spencer, Jared and XXX

 

John's Family - © 2911 Anna Palmer. All Rights Reserved.

John's Family: Chris, Teresa, Mary, Jackson, Jack, John and Julie

 

Dale and Clare

Dale, Mary and Clare

 

Hula Gals - © 2911 Anna Palmer. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Mary Ann's family

Mary Ann's Family: Haley, Sarah Ann, Todd, Mary, John, Audra, Mary Ann, Sean, Amanda

 

Haley, MaryAnn, Audra - copyright 2011 Anna Palmer.

Mary Ann's daughters, Haley and Audra

 

Livvy, Mary and Bryan

 

Anna & J R's shot of Margie's Family

Marjorie's family: Mark, Marjorie, Mary, Jack, Kelsey and Diane

 

Mom's Firends - by Anna Palmer

Mom's friends:  Betty, Jack, Mary, Sharon and Jack

 

Cake before

 

Cake after

 

John T and Sean - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Jack and Sean

 

Mark & Tom - © 2911 Anna Palmer. All Rights Reserved.

Mark and Tom

 

Diane and Kelsey - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Diane and Kelsey

 

Clare Feeding Baby - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Clare feeding Maizy

 

Hands on Mom's hands - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Hands on Mom's hands

 

JR, Dale and John - © 2911 Anna Palmer. All Rights Reserved.

J R, Dale and John

 

trying on hula skirts - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Amanda and Haley

 

Laughing - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Tom, Mary Ann and Julie

 

Spencer with Lei - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Spencer

 

The next day

Patsy's hands - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Patsy

 

Kelsey

Kelsey after I mussed her hair

 

Kelsey tumbling - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Kelsey tumbling in the lobby: Anna, Mark, Diane, Kelsey and Mom

 

 

 

All the images on this page are Copyright 2011 by J R Compton or by Anna Palmer or by somebody we asked to hold the camera so we could be in some of the shots, too. If who shot those of us will email, we'll add your credit or copyright notice, too. My current email address is always on my Contact page.

We reserve full copyright and all other rights to our photographs, but anyone who is in these images may use them. If, however, you publish them in ink on paper in a printed publication or in pixels online, including Facebook or any other website, where our copyright notices won't be large enough to read, we insist you state "Photograph copyright 2011 by" either "J R Compton" or "Anna Palmer," or both of us in legible text immediately adjacent to the published image. That's so no one who sees our images elsewhere will steal or use them to sell something.

Fair enough?

If anybody is mis-identified or mortified by an image here, please let me know forthwith, so I can change or delete it. Ask, and I'll attach the full-res original to an email back. Then you can get it printed.

; j r

 

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