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Memories by Helen Owyoung…

Alice Sue and son Ed Sue, 1950

After many years in San Francisco, Mom moved to Oakland to operate the grocery store she bought from Uncle Tom. She was able to support my brothers Ed and John attending UC Berkeley by running the grocery store.

My sister, Gladys also graduated from UCB by supporting herself with many jobs through college. She went to Washington, DC to work after graduation and later married there.

My sister, Edy, left after her marriage for Los Angeles where her husband George was attending Pharmacy School.  I stayed with Mom and the grocery store until we bought our home near Montgomery Wards.

Henry & Helen Owyoung with first son Brian, 1949

Hank and I had our 4 children at our first Oakland house. I had left my government job in San Francisco to help Mom with the grocery store.

We later moved to the Oakland Hills where our 4 children attended Skyline High School.  Now we have 13 grandchildren and the last 3 are now attending colleges.  Two of the grandchildren are now married and another will marry in January 2, 2010.

Time has gone by very fast, but memories are with me forever. We didn’t have much then, but Mom always fed us well and kept us in line.

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