Last Saturday, Kelly Amick Hilton did what every loving daughter does for her mother on her birthday, especially a benchmark year such as her 60th. Hilton, a mother of three herself, and her husband Bryan, hosted a get-together for family and friends, something she's done every year since her mother Christine Amick Schlytter died on Christmas Day in 2004. It was a light-hearted affair where the houseful of people talked about grandma, mother and good friend Chris, sharing stories and passing around their favorite photos. Everyone shared in the German chocolate cake Kelly had made from her mother's favorite recipe and the warm chocolate chip cookies that were another Chris Amick treat. Kelly's son Travis, 14, an eighth-grader at Harvest Park Middle School, was close to his grandmother and had his own special stories to tell. The younger children, Jackson, 6, and Hunter, just 18 months old, have only the photos as memories, and great admiration for their grandma's cooking skills. Kelly's brother Sam Amick, a reporter for the Sacramento Bee, was at the party with his wife Emily and their son Ryder. So was Kimberly Amick, Kelly's sister, who is now an attorney.
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posted Friday, November 14, 2008, 12:00 AM