Mom, I love you. Thank you for all that you’ve done for me.
Thank you for giving me life.
Thank you for my siblings and for teaching us how to love one another and reminding us that we always need one another.
Thank you for teaching me about God and how to pray. Your example of faith lives on in your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Thank you for loving Dad (and by the way, he adored you, too). I also appreciate that I inherited your energy and your sense of humor – even though Dad thinks he’s the funny one (and we all know he was never the fast one).
Thanks for throwing or kicking a ball, running bases and always joining in whatever game was being played in the backyard.
Thanks for being a good cook and for always having a dessert with every meal. Also, for never making me clean my plate as a kid – your mantra “just take one more bite” saved me from some otherwise torturous mealtimes.
Thank you for always keeping a clean house and having clean kids (even though we often resisted your nearly constant need to wipe our messy hands and faces).
Thanks for always welcoming my friends into your home. Especially that little girl from Saint Peters.
Thank you for being a ‘force to be reckoned with’. You weren’t large but everyone knew that you were in charge. You were calling the shots right up until the end. (And yes, I made those phone calls.)
Thanks for laughing so hard at times that you would cry. And for crying when you were sad, hurt, or heartbroken (and for allowing us to cry with you).
Thank you for teaching me how to do addition in my head – no one could do it as fast as you!
Thanks for teaching me how to drive a car, and for never losing your patience with me while I was struggling to learn.
Thanks for staying beautiful and up-to-date in your appearance and attitude. I’ve always been so proud to be seen with you Mom.
Thank you for loving Debbie, Pat and Tony as much as your own children. And for always saying that you couldn’t have picked better daughters-in-law or son-in-law yourself.
Thanks for loving our children and always making time at Gram’s house special for them. Two words: blueberry muffins!
Thank you for always keeping a toy box in your sewing room. And for letting the grandkids and great-grandkids sometimes take a toy home.
Thanks for proudly displaying all the pictures of your great-grandchildren on your refrigerator and telling me each time that I visited how those smiling faces filled your heart with joy.
Thank you for being you. And for surrounding our family with your love.
Mom, you will be missed but you will never be forgotten. And you will be loved for all eternity.