Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Mom

Today would have been my mother’s 94th birthday.  She passed away four years ago, a few days before her 90th.

She was mentor and role model to her daughters and grand-daughters.  She taught us to cook and sew and that there was nothing we couldn’t do.  She had learned early to be a skilled seamstress and later learned building and cabinet making skills.  She could fix most anything and could identify most plants.  I could never figure where she got all of her knowledge.  She would say “there is always a book”, and she read a lot.

pat msw She graduated high school during the depression and had no opportunity to go to college.  That changed in her early forties.  She entered a community college and then went on to earn her bachelors degree from UCLA.  After taking a year off she entered UCLA’s school of Social Welfare and earned her MSW at age 50.  She worked 12 years as a clinical social worker at LA County Department of Health.


Happy Birthday Mom, we miss you!


fredamans said...

Happy birthday. R.I.P.

Diane AZ said...

She was an extraordinary mom, grandma and great-grandma. She had many talents and a fascinating career, yet always found time for family.

Lindy MacDuff said...

What an amazing woman and a fine role model for all!

I'm glad you have her angel. =)

Paulie said...

Well, I will change my birthday poem for your Mom to this:

You had many happy returns to the day of thy birth.
Much sunshine and gladness was given.
God in His mercy prepared you on earth
For a beautiful birthday in heaven!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a role model for you.

ρομπερτ said...

Much respect upon this entry of yours. What a role model, i'd like to say, for us all.

As love does negate all distance and time, assume her to be close to you every day. Please have you all a wonderful Wednesday.

Nina P. said...

A Mother's Love
While raising children
she did her part
A Mother's Love
comes from the heart

Changing diapers
and cooking too
A Mother's Love
shines through and through

Keeping us safe
teaching right from wrong
A Mother's Love
is oh so strong

As teenagers
we tested her will
A Mother's Love
guided us still

The college years
brought her new trials
A Mother's Love
kept hopeful smiles

Finding love
a new life did begin
A Mother's Love
welcomed them in

Starting a family
gave new appreciation
A Mother's Love
such steadfast dedication

Busy lives
yet never far apart
A Mother's Love
always dear to our heart

Age advances
we come back and embrace
A Mother's Love
wrinkled, yet full of grace

Elderly frail
mother changes her style
A Mother's Love
come sit for a while

Twilight's near
as we hold hands
A Mother's Love
our heart commands

At her last breath
Peace and Comfort come
A Mother's Love
we gain strength from

Feathered wings
surround us with love
A Mother's Love
now comes from above

Grief is short
when we remember when
A Mother's Love
is free to live again

Find comfort
in God's Love and Light
A Mother's Love
still hugs you every night

Written with Love and Light,
by Nina P

Linda Reeder said...

Wow! She sounds like an amazing lady, someone truly missed.

Love the heron header!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A lovely tribute Martha to a lovely lady!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

What a wonderful tribute to your Mom and thank you for sharing her with us.

Ebie said...

A very loving and inspiring post. Your mom is a great lady!

happily retired gal said...

Lovely way to remember your mom ... a special woman ;-)
Hugs and blessings,
Sacred Ruminations

Barb said...

We were both blessed to have great role models for Mothers, Martha. Not a day goes by that I don't think of mine, sometimes wondering what advise she'd give to me. Lovely remembrance.