Happy Birthday, Momma

My father always said that he never forgot our birthdays because one of us would always remind him.

Mary Catherine Raymond
Mary Margaret (Shepardson) Bence (1926 – 2011)
Catherine Lee Bence (April 12 )
Raymond Everett Bence, Jr. (1925 – 1994)
Catherine Mary Winthrop
Catherine (McKenzie) Shepardson (1898-1980)
Mary Margaret Shepardson (April 12 1926 – 2011)
Winthrop Earl Shepardson (1904 – 1976)

Union Congregational Church, East Braintree – 150th Anniversary Celebration, Spring 1961

My mother was great at labeling group photos, this one was no exception. Thanks, Mom!

union cong church 150th 1961

1st Row – Left to Right
1. Patricia Weetman
2. Helen Lavery
3. Peg Bence
4. Grace Crispin
5. Faith Lowry
6. Polly Nickerson
7. Jan Johnson
8. Rev. E. Johnson
9. Lois Harvey
10. Norma Tompkinson
11. Marge Erickson
12. Helen Dawe
13. Marge Young
2nd Row – Left to Right
1. ? Walsh
2. Lucy Meyer
3. George Cumming
4. Marjorie Fitch
5. Warren Olafsson
6. Gena South
7. Connie Newton
8. Lang
9. Susan Johnson
10. ? Moffat
11. Shirley Bewley
12. George Young
13. Sally Day
14. Hugh Saucha
15. Alice Cumming
16. Abner Tompkinson
17. Warren Ford
18. Roberta Lang
19. Robert Lang
Top Row – Left to Right
1. Walsh
2. Joseph Hale
3. Mr. Andersen
4. Jim Dewing
5. Cummings
6. Nelson Barden
7.
8. Beth Adams
9. Betty Crowe
10. Alden Adams
11. Scotty Dawe

Union Congregational Church, East Braintree – Young Adult Choir, early 1940s

 union congrgational choir 1940s

I wonder if the stars on the banner hanging from the podium represent church members serving in the military. One of them is a lighter color, possibly indicating someone who has died in action.

The back of the photo had the following notations courtesy of my mom, Peg (Shepardson) Bence.

First Row – Left to Right
1. Barbara Borden – S
2. – S
3. Doris Davis – S
4. Janice Young – A
5. Jean Collier – A
6. Ruth Haines – SSecond Row – Left to Right
Director Alice Seamans
1. Ruth Bailey – A
2. Margaret Collier – A
3. Peggy Shepardson – AS
4. Laura Gifford – S
5. Clara Nott – S
6. Doris Stovald – SS
7. Beverly Simpson – S
8. Pauline Perrualt – A
9. Dolly Knug – S
Rev. Mr. Justice

Third Row – Left to Right
1. Shirley Marsh – S
2. Madelaine South – S
3. Gordon Cummings – B
4. Kenny Mc – B
5. John Arthur Simpson – B
6. Gordon Stovald – B
7. Warren Loud – BS
8. Ralph Pratt – B

Missing
Avia Ellstrom – A
Mr Alfred Blythe – BS
Myron Pratt – TS
Norman Allison – T
Bill Pratt – B (In the Navy)

Key
S – Soprano
SS – Soprano Soloist
A – Alto
AS – Alto Soloist
B – Bass
T – Tenor
BS – Bass Soloist
T – Tenor Soloist