Mary Claire O’Connor, the baby of our former social bridge group, turned 80 on Friday, April 20, 2018. She was by far the best of our group at remembering what cards had been played. Our group played bridge once a month for 46 years from 1969 until 3 years ago. Since then Mary Claire has frequently invited us to have lunch at North Ridge CC to celebrate birthdays. At the end of the lunch, Mary Claire usually passes out a round of homemade black bottom cupcakes and give me extras to bring home to Clark. She also used to frequently bring chocolate chip cookies to Erin.
I invited those who could, to come to lunch to celebrate Mary Claire’s 80th. Also, I invited 5 of her friends who used to substitute in our group. Mary Claire plays in other groups with them, and she is the baby of those groups, too. Mary Claire knew we were meeting for her birthday, but she didn’t know of the 5 additional invitees. They were a lively group and a lot of fun. We gathered from 11:30 until 3:15.
The birthday girl – Mary Claire O’Connor
Dorla Morse, Dolores Underwood, Mary Claire, Mary Mayer.
Dorla played bridge with Mary Claire on Thursday at North Ridge and didn’t want to spill the beans, so Dorla didn’t even wish MC an upcoming Happy Birthday.
Dolores and Mary are neighbors of Mary Claire’s.
Mary Mayer, Nanan Buchell, Sue Mecum, Mary Ann Stewart.
Nanan also saw Mary Claire Thursday in the bridge room at North Ridge and avoided wishing MC a Happy Birthday.
Sue Mecum is an original member of the social group. She and her sister have recently moved about 3 blocks away from me. Sue went to Oaxaca with my sister Patricia and me 15 years ago to study Spanish for a few weeks.
Mary Ann joined the social group in 1973 when she and her military family returned from the Philippines. She has 5 daughters and 11 grandsons, only 1 granddaughter,
Kathy Cunningham and Sue Pach.
Kathy was one of the original members of our social group. She and Mary Claire moved to Sacramento from Portland while I was in Oakland with my broken leg in 1961.
Sue Pach and Mary Claire played in the Notre Dame wives bridge group and used to play golf together at North Ridge. Sue Pach and I met in 1971 when our children were on the Carmichael Beavers Swim Team. Her son Joe and my son Brandon were in kindergarten together.
Clark was hungry Thursday night and he wanted to go out to eat after bridge, but I wanted to come home to finish preparing the salads. So, I fixed him a plate: crab and shrimp salad on an avocado half, fruit salad, tortelini-chicken-spinach-pesto salad, and roll.
The group about to eat. Clockwise from me (bottom left) Barb, Dolores Underwood, Mary Mayer, Sue Mecum, Sue Pach, Mary Ann Stewart, Kathy Cunningham, Nanan Buchell, Dorla Morse, Mary Claire.
To be continued …