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.
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!