A Tribute to Mom
● By Ronda Alvey
Betsey Walton and mom, Cora Charlotte:
My mom’s name was Cora Charlotte, nicknamed “Cody.” She loved to copy Bible verses on 3x5 cards and keep them where she could see them through the day. Now she is gone from this earth and those verses she loved, written in her hand, are the best and sweetest lessons she taught me.
Cierra McGee and mom, Shirley Goldstein:
When I was a little kid, the local library had a contest for young writers. My mom’s the one who got me interested. All I had to do was figure out the words and she did the typing. To this day, I still love writing stories. Thanks, Mom!
Claudia Mosby and mom Claudene ‘Deanie’ Coon:
Until becoming a (step) mom, I didn’t truly comprehend or fully appreciate the unconditional love, acceptance and repeated surrender required of the parenting role, gifts my mother has freely given to me with neither protestation nor expectation. You are my hero and role model, Mom, and I love you dearly.
Erin Claassen and mom, Carol Peebles:
My mother instilled in me a love for travel. She saved and planned for years to take our family on a six-week tour of the United States when I was 12 years old. My eyes were opened to varied and intriguing landscapes and culture. My world changed for the better.
James Mazzotta and mom, Susan Fatica:
Mom— you have given me a strong sense of independence and curiosity. Like you, I have never met a stranger. I admire your strength, beauty and positive spirit! I love you Mom!
John Faeth and mom, Jean Faeth:
The best thing about my mom is she’s SOLID; The Rock has nothing on her! She has always been my biggest fan, and lifted me up when I was down and supports and encourages me. I feel lucky to have such a strong, smart, witty woman to call my mom!
Jon Lewis and mom Peggy Lewis:
My 94-year-old mother’s most valuable lesson has been taught through example: Always strive to remain curious and open to learning more about the people and places in our world. Her favorite learning devices have always been travel, reading, polite conversation and loving friendships.
Jordan Venema and mom, Shelley Venema:
Mum, anybody who knows you knows you’re a giver. You’ll give your spare time, your last dollar and all your love. About the only thing you won’t give is up. I couldn’t have asked for a better model of unconditional commitment, loyalty, and – of course – love.
Kara Stewart and mom, Ronda
The best thing about my mom, Ronda, is her laugh, and also the way she taught us to appreciate creation. I’m thankful for her.
Kendra Kaiserman and mom, Kira Schneider
The best thing about my mom is her strength. She raised me by herself and has provided me with everything I have needed since day one. She supports and encourages me in everything I do. I love you, Mom!
Kerri Regan-Schuette and Irene Schuette (mother-in-law) and Lyn Regan (mom)
I’m lucky enough to have two irreplaceable moms in my life, and they have taught me about loyalty, patience, generosity and kindness. Because of them, I value family above all else and I always try to take time to savor life’s simple but precious moments.
Kimberly Bonéy and mom, Michele D. Woods:
No matter how old I get or what in the world I’m doing, I can count on one indelible fact: My mom is standing right by my side. She’s the most incredible woman I’ve ever known. It’s her special brand of love that makes me feel like I can move mountains.
Lana Granfors and mom, LaJuana Hopson:
I grew up in a family of five children, parents both worked to make ends meet, so we did not have many material things, but Momma made sure we had a solid foundation and more love than money could buy. She died too young, I was only 15, and I believe that it was then that I received, unintentionally, my biggest and most valuable lesson: Life is short and don’t put off until tomorrow what your heart is telling you to do today. There is no perfect day to start pursuing your dream, and tell your loved ones how much they mean to you… often!
Melissa Gulden and mom, Renee Glassburn:
The most valuable lesson my mom taught me was to never lose my faith. She has the most incredible faith in God, and even in my lowest moments, she will call me with just the right Bible verse to give me strength. And of course, she’s always right. Jeremiah 29:11
Melissa Mendonca and mom, Jo Giessner
My mom, Jo Giessner, knew intuitively that I have fire in my belly and need to blaze my own path. She’s never tried to hold me back, except for that one time in college I almost joined a cult. Now she’s out fulfilling her own dreams in a new travel trailer, and I couldn’t be happier.
Michael O’Brien and mom, Marcia Lopeman:
One of the most valuable lessons my mother taught me is to count my blessings! Any time I want to complain about the unfairness of life, she encourages me to focus on what I have, not to dwell on what I don’t have. Like a sugar rush, pouting feels good for a moment, but healthier thinking is best. And my mom knows best! Thank you for that, mom. I love you.
Michelle Adams and mom, Connie Jarrett:
I am so thankful for a mom who always loved me, always supported me and most importantly, always prayed for me. I am so blessed to have someone who inspires me with her example as a faithful prayer warrior and caring friend. I love you Mom, more than you will ever know!
Phil Reser and mom Virginia Clark Reser:
My mother was killed in an automobile accident back in Missouri in 1996. She wrote letter to me a few years before she died, which was placed in her safe deposit box and given to me at her memorial service. I read her words to me every Mother’s Day as a tribute to her and the unconditional love she gave to me.
Richard DuPertuis and mom, Patricia DuPertuis (1928-2007):
My mother gave of herself. She had no aspirations anyone could see, other than being the best wife and mother. She was a dedicated community volunteer, and delighted in baking birthday cakes for her many friends. She taught me that even when I had nothing, I still had something to give.
Ronda Ball and mom, Julie Olson:
Wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to my beautiful, thoughtful, funny, loving, amazing mom, Julie Olson, who has taught me the importance of family, honesty and integrity. I love you, Mom!
Taryn Burkleo and mom, Debra Wood:
To the woman who gave me a childhood full of memories and love. To the woman who helped me navigate life’s ups and downs. You always supported me, laughed with me, cried with me, encouraged me, and allowed me to be me. To my mom, I love you.
Yvonne Mazzotta and mom, Beverly Nocerini:
She is the reason I make things beautiful, because she is beautiful. Thank you, Mom, for believing in me. Don’t worry, Mom, I put on some lipstick for you : ) I love you!