Thursday, August 16, 2012

Arizona Cousins

Aunt Mabel and Uncle LeRoss invited all of their children (17) who could, to gather Sunday afternoon
We got to visit with 7 of the 17 siblings......amazing!

Bishop Ison in his casual clothes
We attended his ward on Sunday
Wife, Ada, was at their cabin having a sister gathering

Ray Ison 

His skin coloring reminds me so much of dad 

Wendell stopped by our lunch location for a chat
He was head of a CPA firm, now retired 
He and his wife have been on two missions
 You've probably already watched a video of one of his grandchildren
Dayton's Legs
It touched my heart
Wendell says his daughter, Sherrine (Dayton's mom)  is currently preparing to do an Ironman competition, with Dayton as her partner

He has another married child, Cameo Johnson, who is on a year long travel with her husband and 4 children.   They plan to visit all 50 states
The dad of that family is an emergency room RN
So when they get to a metropolis, he stops and works a few days to earn money to carry them along
Wendell said he'd send me their blog address so I can catch up on their adventure

Harry and Wanda
They are retiring at the end of this year
He works night shift, keeping an eye on a big company's computers, trouble shooting when things go wrong
She is in kitchen appliance sales and bakes a passel of bread at the store every week 
Aunt Mabel cooked in pressure cookers purchased in the store where Wanda works
The crock pot didn't get plugged in while we were at church
Flexible Aunt Mabel pulled out the pressure cooker pans and cooked up the dinner in a hurry

Eloise and Dawnell 
Two of our Sunday afternoon chat fest cousins
Eloise was leaving the next day to visit her son at BYU

Davera and Orlo
8 kids

He travels all over the world bringing together buyers and the products they want
(Example: mining equipment)
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We heard stories of my dad teasing his little brother, Lincoln
It had not occurred to me before...... 
I have missed a wide facet of my dad's history 
by not living close enough to his younger siblings
 to know their stories of him
So hearing a few stories was a super treat

What a terrific perk of our weekend.....delightful cousins chats
I feel such a love for my family, where ever they are


  1. Thanks for the virtual trip. The cousins are looking pretty good.

  2. I'm trying to see the young Ray I knew in these photos.
    Oh well, I guess we've all changed.

  3. Yes, thanks for the summary of the Arizona event. Would have been fun to see cousins again.

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