Here comes Hazel Jr.
That's how much Lonna Garcia looks like her mother, so much that she's been nicknamed her junior. And this Roy resident says she's always taken such a comparison as a compliment.
"I love my mom," Garcia says. "She's really giving; she'll give you the shirt off of her back and then some. She gives from the heart -- I like that."
Garcia and her mother, Hazel Christensen of Sunset, are among several Top of Utah readers who shared their mother/daughter look-alike photos with the Standard-Examiner this Mother's Day.
While some women may be loathe to turn into their mothers -- in looks or mannerisms -- we'd like you to meet some mother/daughter duos who seem to relish their similarities.
For Garcia and Christensen, the familial resemblance also extends a generation to Hailey, 11, who looks like both her mother and grandmother, except with dark hair instead of blond.
But looks aren't the only thing Garcia and her daughter have in common.
"Maybe our personalities (too)," the Roy mother says. "We go everywhere together. ... We're happy, we like to joke around. She likes to repeat what I do and copy me."
Karen King says folks guess right away she's Betty Kap's daughter -- no introductions necessary.
"Now that I'm getting older, I get mistaken for my mom," says King, of Farr West. But she adds, "My mom's a very well-liked person so it's a compliment -- very outgoing and friendly."
These two "best friends" enjoy camping, barbecues and being together with family.
"We both love to work in the yard and plant flowers and shrubs and trees," says Kap, a retired court recorder who lives in Ogden.
Adds King, a school-lunch cook: "We're so alike in every way I don't know where to start."
The mother and daughter talk every day, often more than once, because, as Kap says, "Sometimes I forget to tell her something."
One more thing the two have in common is a love of sweets.
"We just love dessert," King says, "and we'll eat that first."
Braces for two
With their long, blond hair and blue eyes, Susan Anderson and her daughter, Katy Anderson, 18, have always heard they look alike.
"You're clones," a co-worker once told legal assistant Susan Anderson upon seeing a photo of a then-4-year-old Katy.
Then came the braces, first for Katy and then for Mom. For a few months in 2006, the Clearfield mother and daughter had that attribute in common, too -- and something to commisserate about.
"I feel your pain," Katy says she remembers her mother telling her about her braces.
The Clearfield High senior, who heads off to college this fall, says she doesn't mind being compared to her mother, who was the valedictorian of her college class.
"I really want to live up to that, to being like my mom in more than just look-alikes," she says.
The two also share one funny mannerism. If her mother stands still for too long, she will "pop" her knees, Katy says, and, "Whenever my mom does that, I do it, too."
Highs and lows
When Vickie Hennefer posted a photo of herself and her daughter, Mindee Thomas, both wearing green shirts, on Facebook, they got a lot of feedback on the striking resemblance.
"Oh, my heck, you guys look like twins," folks would say.
Although she has four daughters, Hennefer says Mindee is the one usually thought to look most like her, probably because of her dark hair.
Her daughter has heard the words "You look just like your Mom" so often that she will finish the sentence for people before they can get it out, says Hennefer, of Pleasant View.
Thomas, who also lives in Pleasant View, is taller by 6 inches, prompting her mother to quip, "Goll, I was wishing I looked more like her because I want to be tall ..."
The two have been through a lot together, Hennefer says. Thomas lived with mom for a while when she had a handicapped baby who required round-the-clock care and later passed away.
"I've just always been there for her," Hennefer says.
Not only do she and her mother, Sheryl Bosworth, of Grand Prairie, Texas, look alike, they sound alike, too, says Theresa Bodily of North Ogden in an email.
"One time she called my phone and my boyfriend answered -- and he started talking to her like it was me: 'Hey babe, can you stop at the store and get some milk?" Bodily says. "She said, 'I can't but I'll let Theresa know' and started giggling. We always laugh and joke about it."
When she went to the store with her mom while growing up, Bodily says the pair would always get plenty of double takes.
"We would joke and say we were like the Doublemint twins," she says.
She adds, "Anytime I hear somebody comment about how much we look alike, it gives me a great feeling because I just love to resemble such a wonderful person."
"We're like sisters really," Bodily explains in an interview.
Patty and Abby Musgrove are sometimes told they resemble actress Goldie Hawn and her daughter Kate Hudson.
That's OK, says Patty Musgrove, because "we're smart artists like them."
"She's a mini me," the Taylor freelance writer says of her daughter, not just in looks but in interests, since the two both enjoy writing, drama and art.
A Fremont High School sophomore, Abby says in an email that she and her mom enjoy discussing ideas with each other: "We both are very opinionated and strong-willed."
Although she may sometimes embarrass her teenage daughter, Patty Musgrove says, "(Abby) just calls me 'eccentric' and encourages me."
"I can't seem to find any negative sides to looking like my mom," Abby adds. "I have her freckles, her mouth, her nose, and I remember when I was younger thinking about how I wished I would grow up to look like her."