Mother’s Day will be different this year as Mom went to be with the Lord last year. We spent numerous Mother’s Days together, sometimes several of us were present and other times it was one or two of us. But the day was full of laughter, phone calls from the ones who could not be there, good food and good times.
Our Dad died in 1992 and he and Mom had been married 48 years. They had five children, 9 grandchildren and around 30 great-grandchildren. She loved every one and each was special in her eyes. She was outgoing, literally never met a stranger and red was her favorite color. She loved to dance and when she remarried seven years after Dad died, she and my step-dad went dancing. Mom retired twice from Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. Once when our Dad became ill and again when she remarried.
Mom and her identical twin Nell were the life of any party and there are many happy memories of when our family got together to celebrate a Holiday, a Birthday or just to see each other. Small or big crowd we had fun.
Grandparents,our Dad and step-dad, aunts and uncles all passed away throughout the years, but Mom was still going strong. Then her health began to fail and the once vibrant, energetic woman began to slow down. It was difficult to watch and to accept, but she kept her sense of humor up to the end.
On August 1, 2017 our 94 year old Mom quietly went to heaven. I can only imagine the celebration of reuniting with family and friends who had gone before. There was laughter at her funeral as we wanted to celebrate her life. After the service at the grave site we ended with a request Mom had made many years before. She wanted her favorite dance song played as we walked away from the grave. Her request was granted and everyone smiled as we listened to “That Ole Time Rock and Roll.”
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. Love you and miss you.