Remembering My Mother

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September 10th will always be a day to remember my Mother. She has been in heaven for 6 years, but today would have been her 80th birthday.

She travelled far and wide in her time here. From her birth in Tennessee, to her childhood in Detroit. From a stint as an Army wife in Germany, to a new life in California. She returned to her old, well loved life back in The Mitten, where she spent her later years travelling between her homes in Pinckney and Lakeland, Florida.

There was a lot of living in all those places. Ups and downs, great successes and crushing losses, heartache and great delight.

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Through it all, she remained faithful, steady and determined. She trusted in the Lord, she worked hard and she succeeded.

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This is one of my favorite pictures of her, taken at her surprise 50th birthday party. Can it really be 30 years ago?

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She was a faithful daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, friend and child of God.

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I will miss her smile, laugh and wisdom for the rest of my life here. Until we meet again Mom.

In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore;
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.

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