Birthday party goes on
Barbara, Helen, Jane. (Photo by Bette).
Bette MacKellar and Barbara Beeler invited Jane Crain and me to La Baguette for breakfast Saturday, January 15th. It was my birthday and Jane had celebrated hers several days before. We are Capricorns. We had not celebrated together since 2006. That is when the fifth member of this group, Mex Frates, died.
Mex Frates, our favorite Capricorn, always brought her camera to this small gathering and took our picture. We have many years worth of these photos. She always told an excellent joke or two and she always had a new book to tell us about.
This year Bette told a great joke and took the picture on her iphone. Barbara told us about something she had been reading and we all brought party favors (just like Mex). There was a very bright sparkler on the birthday cake. We like to think her spirit joined us.
Next year we will go by the Memorial Garden at Junior League Headquarters to remember. There’s a brick in the courtyard with Mex’s name on it. She was the inspiration for the garden.
When she died Ruth Ann Tucker wrote this about her: “Mex was such a treasure and memories of her will live on and on.
“Several years ago I co-hosted a wedding shower and Mex was an invited guest. She was the first to RSVP, the first to arrive (on time) and the first to send a thank you note (arriving the next day). Everyone who entertains appreciates a prompt RSVP. I was so impressed I sent her a gift. Several weeks later I gave a party at my home in Denver and several prizes were given but my favorite was the MEX AWARD – given to the first person to RSVP. Other friends have picked up on this reward for their parties.
“Mex – I salute you for giving all who knew you such precious memories. You were one of a kind and a role model for all of us.”
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