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When I proposed having a party this summer to celebrate all the big events & milestones in our family, it never occurred to me how it might snowball. I persuaded my mom to let me invite the entire family, never suspecting that so many of them might actually come. I thought it would be like my plans for my 50th birthday trip with my friend Russell: all our family and friends would come...when in reality not even my brother could make it (we had a great time regardless). And we had a LOT to celebrate this year: big birthdays, graduations, anniversaries. We felt like the timing was right and apparently, so did many of my mom's relatives. Because my Uncle Sam wanted his ashes buried in Bad Axe, the site of my mom's family's origins, his sambo Joanne decided to hold a memorial service for him the day before our get-together. And my grandmother's 100th birthday fell the day after, so everything seemed to be lining up in perfect alliance.

Not EVERYONE was there, of course, even though at times it felt like it. After all, there are nearly 200 living members in my mom's family. Of the original 7 sisters and 2 brothers (one of whom was my grandfather), 2 didn't have children, but of the 7 who did, 6 of them were represented by descendants at our party. On Saturday, the big "reunion" day, we had almost 60 people in my mom's backyard. Not too shabby!

Three of the biggest reasons why the weekend was so great: my uncle Mike, my mom Linda, and my grandmother Bernice

Sharing smiles and memories about my Uncle Sam in the Bad Axe cemetery, at the Pangborn family plot

Karin, Beth, Danely & Darby (Beth's youngest) setting the mood for the weekend: sillybutts!

Uncle Harry, Sarah, Aunt Bette, Danely, cousin Jamie

Uncle Mike, cousins Cate, Kim and Eric

Cousin Jamie's wife Jennifer with daughter Jenalyn and cousin Jeff's 3 daughters Ryane, Meg & Quinn with their mother Heidi

Mom with Joanne

Cousin Julie with grandma

Oldest generation cousins: Judy, mom, Barb, Mike, Harry, Bill, Mary Frances, Patsy, Mary Gin and Pam

Mary Frances and Judy with Beth

Uncle Mike with grandma

Uncle Dino with Simone

Aunt Patsy with her nieces Deb and Patti Jo

Cousin Jamie with Beth's daughter Sydney and his dad, Uncle Mike

Beth, John and Karin goofing around

Oldest generation cousins (oldest to youngest): Patsy, Mary Gin, Bill, Harry, Judy, Barb, Pam, mom, Mike, Mary Frances

My generation cousins: (back row) Julie, Patti Jo, Kim, Matt, Cate, Eric, Deb, Dave. (middle row) Laurie, me, Sarah, Beth, Amy. (front seated) Jamie, John

Youngest generation cousins: (standing) Zach, Jaron, Karin, Quinn, Danely, Martin, Jenalyn, Tristan, Sydney, Hanna. (center) Meg, Darby, Ryane. (front seated) Bryce, Jakob, Sammy

All the outlaws! (standing) Bette, Tom, Herman, Heidi, Anders, Simone, Dino. (seated) Joanne, grandma, Jennifer

All Pangborns present and accounted for!

We had lots of accolades during and afterward about what a great weekend and party it was, and one of my cousins sent me an email wondering if we would be able to come if she planned another family reunion in 5 years...since the last one was in 1995, she didn't think we should wait so long until the next time!

Pangborn Family Tree
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cousin patsy sure stands out! :)

In the best way! :D

I was going to comment on that as well. I love her "Strike a Pose" look :)

How brilliant that it all came together so well - it looks like such a blast and such a rare opportunity for everyone to get together. The photos are full of life, joy and love.

What is your grandmother's secret for looking so young? No way does she look anywhere near 100! And how wonderful that she's still here with you all. ♥♥

I also see that Barky has a twin in Sarah - no denying a close family relationship :)

Aw, this is all so great. Yay!!

From Megsie

It is so hard to get a large family together. My mother-in-law had 10 siblings, and there is a family gathering every other year. But when all the people come from out of town, then more people make an effort to join in the fun.

Another great gathering of photos!


Wow! Very impressive!

Absolutely lovely. Who was the "control-freak" who managed all the line-ups for the photos? I'm impressed and in awe! I have a friend with the family name Pangbourne, and she's from the south of England where, I presume, her name comes from the place-name. Does your mother know where her family harks back from?


The family came from the town of Pangbourne -down the Thames from London. There were 5 brothers who immigrated to the States together -but many others from there have different spellings. Lizardmom


So happy to see more photos -Love, Lizardmom

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