A Tribute to my Aunt Betty and an Era Ended for the Boone side of the Family

Betty Lou Boone was the last of four children born to Sunset Boone.  She and Frank were the youngest and their mother was known to us as Mama Boone.  Evelyn was the oldest and next was my mom Jimmie Amelia (their mom’s both died shortly after they were born).  They all grew up in and around Munday Texas.  Here is an article about Sunset Boone from 1952 (the year I was born) when he revisited his hometown and the city he was named after, Sunset Texas, at age 69.

Montague County Times June 20 1952 - The Portal to Texas History

Click on pic to view source document about Sunset Boone visiting Sunset Texas at age 69

The article says he was born February 8, 1883.  It also talks about him being in the dry goods business through the years.  I know a few stories from their childhood that mom told me growing up, but really just enough to know that life was difficult for them.  They lived through the depression era and WW2 and it affected them all differently but dramatically.  They all survived and married and had families.

All the cousins have stayed in touch, but the best memories I have are sharing secrets with Melinda at their home in Lubbock or at the lake house for the 4th of July and fireworks.

When Betty’s husband KK was alive, he was the life of the party always telling stories and entertaining the crowd.  He was a clock-maker & repairer and was very talented.

My first summer job growing up was with Frank and Betty at C F Boone Publications.  They did military directories and in later years event booklets like for the Elvis Memorial, and major hurricanes and tornados.  Betty always loved work!  Frank was a marketing genius and Betty could make it happen and their publications did very well through the years.  She and KK had one son, who we all adored, Kim.  He was talented musically and gymnastically.  He married and had one son, but he had difficulty with substance abuse and died way too early for us!  However, I should mention that he knew the Lord and I am confident in the Lord’s sovereignty on these matters.

Betty was a great cook (as were several members of my family) and a couple of our family favorites are credited to her in Recipe Treasures here (available in larger format to read/download).  We always ate well at family gatherings!
Shoepeg Corn Casserole Sweet Potatoes


Betty Mom Dad Evelyn 50th 1993

Betty Kimbro, Jimmie & Ted Crosnoe, Evelyn Moore

Sheri Jan Melinda Betty 50th 1993

Sheri, Jan, Melinda, Betty

In December of 1993, my Mom and Dad celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  My sister, Paula, and I threw a grand reception and dinner party for them and nearly all the family was there.  I must say a really good time was had by all!  These are the best photos that I have of Betty from that event.  I would note that Betty was like a second mom to my cousins after they lost both of their parents through the years.

Later in life my Mom suffered from a series of increasingly debilitating strokes and ultimately was bedridden. During that time, I was her primary care coordinator and was literally on call 24×7 with very few breaks, but somehow Betty managed to come to Garland where Mom and I lived at the time and give me a much needed break. I don’t even recall now where I went, but I do so much remember her gift of time to help me out and give me a much needed vacation. As I recall she did this for me on a couple of different occasions during that time.

I am so grateful that we became close and shared about the Lord with one another.  She had expressed to me concern that she didn’t know the Lord “like my Mom and Dad did” and she wanted to.  I remember praying with her that she would know Him and be confident in her salvation on several occasions.  Her confidence grew and she was of late very much ready to go home.  I thank my heavenly Father for His provision for Ralph and Melinda to be able to have Betty with them over the last few months and be with her at her passing to her heavenly home.  I would love to see the video of her greeting there as the ‘baby of the family.’

We will miss her dearly and yet we shall see her again in His time!

 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Revelation 3:5

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – A Tribute to my Aunt Betty and an Era Ended for the Boone side of the Family



Thanksgiving Blessings from My House to Yours — Thanks be to the Lord for His Provision!

Thanksgiving Card 2013 cover
Dear Friends & Family,
The last annual letter that I did was in 2005 so I think today would be a good day to write one and update everyone on recent years also.  I do hope this letter finds you doing well and serving the Lord and walking in your calling.  I would love to hear from you whenever that is possible~
In 2013 some very sad news with the loss of Peaches, my female green eyed calico rescue cat.  I miss her terribly as she was my main talker and surveillance/security monitor.  She loved running water to drink.  A real delight!  Ivory, my female Siamesish blue eyed cat, is hanging in there with me and is a lot of entertainment too.
Paula, my sister, and Tim, her husband, came to visit recently and I loved every minute of having them here including some redecorating ideas and some very clever suggestions to make my life a little easier!
I have been publishing some books for lifetime friend and mentor, Jesse Jones and also sharing some of my own documents online via Scribd.  You can find them here: http://scribd.com/scrosnoe
The latest book released there is about how my folks and Jesse met Jesus and the special bible teacher sent their way many years ago.  Some of you will remember Brother Earle Frid.  The story is here:  A Man of God by Jesse C. Jones
In April of 2012, Paula gave me an awesome 60th birthday party at Sterlings in Bartlesville.  For that event I prepared an online presentation of life events for those able to be there in person.  It is available here:  Celebration Birthday for Sandra Crosnoe — April 2012
Another highlight of the year (and a lowlight all in one) was being an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in Tampa Florida.  It was the partial fulfillment of a lifetime dream to get to attend with delegate status, but the shattering of the dream of a party operating in any sense according to the rules.  My observation is that the grassroots are not really wanted until time to go vote for the media manufactured darling.  The Ron Paul party & events for his delegates were a lot of fun and some great networking opportunities as well.  The pool/beach time on the way with Ryan and Julia made it all worthwhile.  We stayed beachfront at the Margueritaville Hotel and had a marvelous time and some great food too.
In 2011 the most wonderful memorable event of the year was a trip to Las Vegas with my sister Paula and my good friend Donna.  Paula arranged a birthday trip for us where we stayed at the Bellagio with the dancing fountains, went to not one not two, but THREE shows, had fabulous meals and a spa day and a helicopter ride over Hoover Dam!  Great pics from the trip here (probably more than you want to see but suffice it to say we had a great time.  I have a video of the helicopter ride somewhere if you ever want to see it!):  sandiec99’s photosets on Flickr
Saddest event of the year was the loss of my good friend David Hall.  Shelli Dawdy wrote an article for me while I made the trip to Texas with Donna Gustafson, to be with family and friends there. Here is her tribute online to David Hall our belladier http://grassrootsne.com/on-loss-of-belladier-david-hall-bells-must-be-ringing-in-heaven/  I also lost Ebony my golden eyed black male cat this year.  He was a love bug for sure.  It was a sad sudden event and I miss him dearly!
In 2010  I helped a bit with Nathan Dahm’s race for Congress and although he did not win, he laid the groundwork then for his election to the Oklahoma Senate subsequently where he is now serving.  I believe that he busted up the turf for Jim Bridenstine’s subsequent election to Congress in District 1.  A real win/win and progress!  Senator Dahm and Congressman Bridenstine are both bright spots on our Oklahoma political landscape in my opinion.  I created a book for my family of recipe treasures and ultimately shared it online here:  Recipe Treasures – Crosnoe to Caswell
2009 – Somewhere in this time I started blogging and social networking and did some radio broadcasts with Shelli called the Constitutional Liberty Coalition Gets Grizzly.   We also worked with a team of people on the original Tea Party efforts.  It is worth more than a paragraph, but suffice it to say it was grassroots and co-opted almost all in the same breath.  My blogging began as https://scrosnoe.wordpress.com Finding Gems & Sharing Them (but it began on blogger if you ever want to explore the old archives (for a good laugh I am sure).  Out of these early efforts some networks grew and prospered (online websites and on facebook and twitter):
R3publicans — Republicans Restoring the Republic http://r3publican.wordpress.com
OKGrassroots – Oklahoma Grassroots Network (syndicated) http://okgrassroots.com
CLibertyC – Constitutional Liberty Coalition (syndicated multi-state) http://clibertyc.com
In November, my nephew, Byron married his sweetheart Tracy.  They had a marvelous wedding and I was glad to be able to attend and be a part of the festivities.  They are now all settled in their own home in DC.
In 2008 I made the trip to Minneapolis with Deborah and some of my Okie buddies for the RNC and the parallel Ron Paul Convention which was way ‘funner’ than the other one and well attended too!  That was the first time I ever heard the ‘END the FED’ cheer by thousands of people.  It was inspiring to say the least!  Special thanks to Matt for getting me a guest pass for the other convention.  It was the first time to hear Sarah Palin in person and observe the police state at conventions too (again experienced in 2012 – ask me about it sometime for details!).
In 2007 I began working with a few others to create the Ron Paul network and convince him to run for President.  He did and although he lost, I believe we made a difference and opened many eyes in the process.  We tried!  This work was the foundation for many things that transpired later in teaparty efforts and communications networks and campaigns on issues and on leadership too.  Shared a wonderful New Year’s Eve Cruise with my good friend Jim Boulet and awfully glad for the good memories as he went to be with the Lord just a few years after that.
In 2006 for part of the year, Hannah Dudkiewicz, a foreign exchange student from Germany, lived with me.  We traveled a great deal and I had a wonderful time showing her a little bit of our way of life.  Last I heard she was in college in Berlin.  She certainly was artistically gifted and she remains in my prayers.
That should bring you up to date with the highlights, but YOU are in the details or you would not be reading this.  I thank you for your part in making my life rich and full.  Thank you for your prayers and your presence online and in person making a difference wherever and whenever possible.  I look forward to seeing you in person as the Lord leads our paths to cross again.  Let us keep blessing as many as we can as we learn to walk in His ways as we go.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
 Thanksgiving Card 2013 Framed Draft
Some scriptures about Thanksgiving to share and proclaim:

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

—Psalm 9:1

The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!”

—Psalm 50:23

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

—Psalm 92:1

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!

—Psalm 97:12

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

—Psalm 100:4

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!

—Psalm 105:1-2
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
—Philippians 4:6
More scriptures and references here:
Blessings to you and yours,
FGST - Finding Gems & Sharing Them
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Happy Father’s Day Thoughts

Taking a little trip down memory lane, I did this post on facebook last night:

Facebook post on Father's Day June 16 2013

And then I began thinking about my Heavenly Father — you know the One Who Made us all?!

Father's Day Post

Photo credit: Rex Morache cover art from After the Big Bang publication

Father’s Day is not just about your earthly dad.  I am pausing to say thanks to my heavenly Father for all His tender loving care along the Way!  I am grateful especially for His patience, mercies, healing touches and gentle nudges at just the right time.  He does things in a way so that I can see and hear and understand a little more about Him each time!  The unfolding revelation and the comfort of His presence is beyond compare and an eternal promise.

I have a lot to be thankful for!



Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Gifts that Ripple through Time

Are you looking for something for someone special to give them this year?  Do you know how to bless your family and friends?

It is a season of gift giving and there can be a lot of pressure to get just the right gift for each and every one and not to forget anyone either.  It can be really hard too because some people already seem to have everything and some people seem to need everything and you do want to bless and give and not offend and not forget.  May I suggest you stop and ask the Lord how to bless your family and friends.  Then you might actually ask the person who you are struggling with in your mind, how you can bless them.  You might even be surprised at the answer.

Sometimes the best gifts are family treasures passed on appropriately.  Sometimes they are the gift of time and talents and then there is a touch and a smile and a hug.  There is a loving word at the right moment.  There are planned events and times together sharing laughter and tears and memory of other special times together with friends and family — special moments that last forever!

I am wanting to give my family some little family treasures.  They aren’t gold and silver (most of them) but momentos from my mom and dad that part of the gift is researching the meaning behind the momento and documenting the story for the family.  I will share some of them here and show you what I mean over time, but right now I want to tell you about a very special gift that I received from my sister and her husband last night.  Years ago when in DC on political affairs and going from meeting to meeting trying to get Congressmen to ‘do the right things’ and build bridges to effective networks, I viewed the Kennedy Center from afar.  I always wanted to go there and last night we did.  The family had perfect seats for a wonderful musical/dance story full of history and entertainment.  We saw “Billy Elliott: The Musical.”

Paula and Tim Caswell (upper left) and Tracy and Byron Caswell (upper right); Ceiling chandelier (center) and Hall of States Flags (lower right)

It was a wonderful evening and the fulfillment of a dream for me!  

Thanks to my family for making it possible for me to go and be a part of the adventure with me!

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

A Virtual Bouquet and a Toast from afar — Happy Birthday Paula!

In a world where cats rule, floral arrangements are a hazard all their own, because some are fun to eat and not good for kitty cats and some are just fun to play with and then of course some simply require investigation and ‘tumping’ over in the process.  So I decided to create a special virtual birthday bouquet for the best sister in the whole world, mine!

First a little trip down memory lane, she was Paula Bear to our Dad who had little names for each of us.  Special names, sweet and unique and always said with love and warmth and a little bit of a twinkle in the voice.  She was always miss fashion plate and sometimes changed clothes three times in the morning before school.  She was always perfectly put together from head to toe and that includes makeup and jewelry too!  She is smart and organized and very creative.  She is a speed reader extra-ordinaire.  She reads so fast that people think she isn’t really reading just turning the pages (pre Kindle days) but when you quizzed her on content — no problemo.  Now the thing that most people won’t know is that she has been known to read while standing on her head.  I don’t remember now exactly how she pulled that off but it probably required some creative way to prop the book up while doing so.  Growing up we both had Barbie Dolls and clothes, some specially made by Mom from material left over from clothes she made for us, but Paula had the Barbie Doll house and all the accessories too.

She went to Texas Tech, majored in Marketing and worked for IBM for many years.  Along the way she met a dashing young military man named Timothy Caswell who became the love of her life and she his.  They have one son, Byron and you can read a little more about him here.  Paula has a gift of hospitality and can make you feel at home and special whenever you are with her. I will never forget arriving in England  (while she and Tim were stationed there years ago) from an overnight flight and being completely exhausted.  She drew mw a warm bath and brought me a glass of wine and put me to bed.  Just what I needed turning a difficult pass into a memorable moment!   She is a gifted event organizer/presenter and a bit of a gourmet cook (all heathy of course).  Oh yes and a dancer too — ballet, tap, and toe — and of course ballroom and whatever is the dance of the day.

I cannot mention her birthday this year without remembering her special birthday gift to me earlier this year.  She took me and our good friend Donna to Las Vegas for a weekend at the Bellagio Hotel with the dancing fountains, and Cirque du Soliell shows, Mystere’ and Viva Elvis, plus a helicopter ride over the city and spectacular dining at the Jasmine Restaurant and more.  A whirl wind trip of a lifetime for sure!  We all had a blast.

You can see the photos from the trip Bellagio — Birthday Bash 2011 via Picaboo.

So while I cannot match that trip, I can share the love and the memories and let others know of the delight she brings to every event she touches, trip she makes, and life that she touches.  Here is a virtual bouquet and a toast from afar…

Happy Birthday to the best sister in the entire world — 

This birthday card was custom made from pictures online here – special thanks for the great photos of chrysanthemums.

Wikipedia says:  Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as the 15th century BC.[2] The plant is renowned as one of the Four Gentlemen in Chinese and East Asian art. The plant is particularly significant during the Double Ninth Festival. It is believed that the flower may have been brought to Japan in the 8th century CE, and the Emperor adopted the flower as his official seal. There is a “Festival of Happiness” in Japan that celebrates the flower.


Hope you have a wonderful day.

Praying for the Lord’s special blessings on you and all that you set your hands to accomplish.

May you see His smile as you walk in His path and bless many in the process.


NOTE: Chrysanthemum is the flower of the month for November.

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

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