Saturday, April 10, 2010

To The Sweetest Little Mommy In The World

This is a picture of my mother in the early 1940s. She is holding my older sister. We just returned Thursday from her funeral. She died at 97 years of age.

One thing I remember most about her was her faith. She loved to pray and when we went on vacation, she always made sure we found a suitable church to go to. I didn't appreciate it then, but I do now. Also when I went off to college, she sent a subscription to Guideposts magazine to help keep my faith alive. She will never know how much that little magazine changed my life. It put such desire in me for more of the Lord.

My mother used to make us little doll dresses on her Singer Sewing machine. The arm holes were so tiny it was difficult to see how she did it. She added trim and lace. I love to receive them.

We often went to flower gardens in my hometown of Mansfield, Ohio. There we viewed rows and rows of gorgeous flowers, one after another. Little girls get thirsty. Not moms, I guess. She did this at the Rose Garden in Columbus, Ohio, too. She must have gotten so caught up in her favorite thing that she had no physical needs. I know years later, I felt that way about worship.

My dad was the master gardener at our house, winning every award in the books. But my mom was great with violets. She could make a new plant with just a leaf and some roots. She would pinch off old buds and cause new ones to grow. I did not inherit a green thumb from either one.

My son Joseph agrees with me that Mom made one of the best homemade macaroni and cheese dishes of all time. Her Cole slaw and frozen farm corn were tops, too.

My mother had problems with dementia. She did seem to remember me the last time I visited in January. Things were hard for her. I will miss her. I know she is free now and looking on the One she loves. This is my tribute to someone wonderful, my mother.

(In the upper right Christmas picture, Mom has her hand on my little pony tailed head. Notice her cute little half-apron and corsage.)


  1. i understand. my mom passed away three years ago.

    even our moms are now truly happy, safe and living with our Savior, their daughters still miss them....for a while....:)

    gentle hugs from me.

  2. She'll be missed...

    Dawn looks identical to your young picture at the very top. I can't believe how much you guys look alike!!

  3. What a beautiful tribute. Sending much love, hugs, and prayers,

  4. I'm so sorry for your loss even though she was 97 years old,. It's still hard.

  5. Nancy, I know how hard this must be for you. No matter how old our Moms are, they're very special to us.

    My Mom is also a violet expert. The pictures brought back memories of my Mom in her half aprons and corsages. She much prefers cobbler aprons now, but I wish we still had a few of those old ones around.

    Praying the Lord will comfort you and your family.


  6. Thank you for all of the beautiful sentiments. They really do help.

  7. I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. I'm so sorry.! She will live on through you...and she has a lot to be proud of with such a great daughter. I don't know if you believe in any of this but my husband lost his dad when he was 5 and he went to a psychic a few years ago -- a guy who is Dolly Parton's psychic and is considered one of the best in the country -- and was told that his dad was there with him, in the room. His dad follows him through life as his spirit guide.

  9. Steph - Thank you for your kind sympathy. I do believe in the scripture that says: "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:1 NKJ

    The psychic thing is against what I believe. You are good at research and could learn more about it. I feel it could be dangerous.

    I so appreciate your thoughts for me. May God bless you.

  10. God bless you sweet friend! Praying for peace and joy to surround you & yours...

  11. Nancy, What a beautiful tribute to your mom. I hope I leave a legacy of love for my little man. I want him to have wonderful memories just like you have had.