The birthday cake was tiramisu from Bella Bru Bakery in Carmichael.
In 2001 there was a picture of a tiramisu wedding cake on the cover of a prominent magazine. Bella Bru copied the picture and made the cake for my daughter’s wedding. Guess who likes tiramisu?
The gals sang Happy Birthday, Mary Claire.
MC blowing out the candles.
Dolores photographed Mary Claire at work.
Nanan watched as Sue Pach helped MC with the cake cutting. Sue was an invaluable help with clearing off the dishes, pouring coffee, and passing out the dessert.
Sue Mecum, Sue Pach, Mary Ann Stewart, and Kathy Cunningham enjoyed dessert.
Kathy, Nanan, Dorla, and Mary Claire having dessert.
Dolores, Mary Mayer, Sue Mecum and Sue Pach busy with eating dessert.
Now it was time to read the cards. There were 3 or 4 yellow envelopes, but no two cards were the same.
It wasn’t that easy to find an appropriate 80th birthday card. At one store, the numbered cards ended at 60, so I gave up on an 80th card.
Clark joined the party for a few minutes to explain his Sportscaster cards which he collected in the 80s. He had a pile of cards of women athletes which he passed around for people to take. He gave Mary Claire a card of auto racer Janet Guthrie who also was born in 1938, the same year as MC. He also gave MC a card of the 4 Horseman of Notre Dame to take home to husband Jim, a graduate of Notre Dame.
Mary Mayer selected a card of Flo Hyman, volleyball player on the US Olympic team in 1984.
Mary discovered that Flo grew up in Inglewood, as did Mary. And Flo attended El Camino Junior College in Torrance, as did Mary.
Here are some samples of the cards. Clark made the labels thanking people for coming.
The party’s over!!
Thanks for sharing your 80th with us, Mary Claire. I can’t think of a nicer person with whom to celebrate their 80th birthday!! ♨️