“REBECCA PATTERSON’S BIRTHDAY” | Original Writings by Catherine Shumaker Brinson


Not her longest term friend, but the oldest. At the time of this poem, she was turning 98 years old!

Rebecca was always kind and sweet, with a smiling face and a twinkle in her eye. And she was a great prayer warrior, always ready to pray for anybody in any situation.

“REBECCA PATTERSON’S BIRTHDAY” is one of the poems that Catherine included in this self-made book:

Original Writings by Catherine Shumaker Brinson front cover

In the book are many poems that she wrote, mostly during the 1990s, inspired by life events or whatever she happened to be doing at the moment. They’re divided into categories; Whimsy, Canticles of Praise, Family, Nature, and Unfinished Symphony.

As you know, I’m committed to publishing the materials that my mother, Catherine Shumaker Brinson wrote, researched, and gathered that relate to our genealogy.

Her entire book, Original Writings by Catherine Shumaker Brinson, is now available on Amazon! You can read it on Kindle, or have your very own print copy for your and your family’s enjoyment and for posterity. Here are the links:

Paperback Kindle

I’ll also be publishing all her other genealogy research so that you can have it for your own family records.

So if you’re not already signed up for my Genealogy list, be sure and do that now! Here’s the link: https://www.subscribepage.com/g0c4a7

Here is “REBECCA PATTERSON’S BIRTHDAY”, a poem in Catherine’s book, from the Unfinished Symphony category.


Birthdays are special times for people everywhere,

But this birthday for Rebecca is not just ordinare’.

You see Rebecca has reached an extraordinary age

That’s very difficult for us to gage –

For today Rebecca is NINETY-EIGHT

And we all think that is just great!

Happy Birthday, Rebecca!

Catherine Shumaker Brinson
April or May 1994

“REBECCA PATTERSON'S BIRTHDAY” | Original Writings by Catherine Shumaker Brinson

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