JoAnn Elisabeth Shore Kirkwood

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JoAnn Elisabeth Shore was born December 28, 1915 in Caney, Kansas.  She married David Kirkwood June 25, 1936 in Newcastle, Wyoming.  She died on January 10, 2008 in Downey, California. Karen (Downer) and I flew down from Seattle to Portland … Continue reading

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Marjorie Kirkwood Roper

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Mom passed away in May of 2005.  I wrote the following eulogy for her and read it at her funeral. There are many things that can be said at the passing of someone we love:  words of encouragement, love, comfort … Continue reading

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Cousins and Last times

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As I go through some of the photos and put them on our home server I ran across these photos from January 2005. Karen and I traveled to see my mom, Marjorie, a couple of times in 2004 and 2005; … Continue reading

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Family eats

Some of my favorite childhood memories with my family and cousins centered around food.  Summer meals with salmon cooked in the dishwasher, concord grape pie, yellow jackets and garter snakes (okay we didn’t eat those last two items).

Going into the garage and looking at Uncle David’s wine making attempts…all the tubes and fermenting cherries and jars and the fruity smell.

Crab dinners and deciding whether to put blue cheese or ranch or thousand island or cocktail sauce on the pile of crab you’d picked through.

Sitting on the back porch and waiting for a hummingbird to come to the feeder while the adults talked about everything (I don’t remember what they talked about, it wasn’t interesting to me.  But BOY did they talk ALOT!)

Drinking ice tea.  Picking raspberries and vegetables from the garden out back.

What are your food memories of our family?

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Kirkwood-Swanson Generation


This photo is the Kirkwood-Swanson “Clan”. The photo shows David (Sandy) Kirkwood (suspenders) and Thea (Shore) and Sam Swanson Sr. in the back row.

The middle row is Jennie (Frisbee) Shore (JoAnn and Thea’s mom) and JoAnn (Shore) Kirkwood.

Seated and on the grass are “Gramma” Frisbee (Mary Ella Wilson Frisbee), William Shore (JoAnn & Thea’s brother) and I think the baby is Sam Swanson Jr. The boy playing is Arch Kirkwood.

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Swanson Family photos

Swanson Family photos

Yes, I’m not ashamed to *steal* photos off Facebook posts from my cousins.

This photo is a military photo of one of the Swanson “boys” (sorry, I don’t know the date or any other information). Please comment below if you can identify this photo!


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February 1992

February 1992

Kirkwoods together in Carlsbad, California.

David & JoAnn Kirkwood, Bill Kirkwood, Margie Kirkwood, Connie Kirkwood, Russ & Paige Norman, Sandy Kirkwood, Jennie Kirkwood, Bob Kirkwood (and a friend I think was a foreign exchange student)

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