Sunday, May 12, 2013

A Mother's Day Tribute

This is the first Mother's Day in our new home, though hardly the first ever celebrated here.

Opal (Fox) Blackard (1933-2012)
We are fortunate to know some things about the family that resided here for several decades. Opal Blackard was the matron of the house. She lived here for several decades prior to hear death on June 2, 2012 at the age of 78. Opal was born in Osceola, Arkansas on December 15, 1933, the daughter of Ted Fox and Violet Fox Cole. Her husband was Jack Lee Blackard. They had several children including Mitchell, Michael and Lisa.

Opal worked at Sammons Communications. She was an avid volunteer at the Bell County Senior Citizen Center, an active member of the First Baptist Church, and a member of the Cumberland Park Garden Club. She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

One of the most distinctive features of the house are the extensive gardens cultivated over many years. We are doing our best to refresh these after they have received only limited attention over the past year. One of the unexpected surprises were two butterfly bushes still in their original container from the store. Our neighbor Lee told us these were a gift form family members. Upon discovering these Chrissy made a point of planting them right away. Here are some pictures of the garden to help us remember mothers past and present.

Our neighbor Lee who gave Chrissy a nice flower from her garden with a 
pink ribbon attached to celebrate Mother's Day.

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