She was a "working girl" for 56 years.
She raised three children over the course of 38 years. She had a son in college and a daughter in kindergarten in 1973.
She has eight grandchildren. The oldest is 29 and the youngest is 2.
She was my role-model as a working mom, and she was a single parent
I always knew she did the best she could, and it was always more than enough for me.
I stayed out of trouble not because of what I thought might happen to me, but because I didn't want to do anything that would dishonor her.
Her first choice in discipline was the look and a firm, "Because I said so".
A family friend used to say, "Your mother has an opinion about almost every thing, and she's almost always right, too." I usually didn't appreciate that when I was growing up, but I sure do appreciate it now!
She was always fashionable and pretty. She wore Estee Lauder makeup, black suede boots with high heels, and Clinique Aeromatics Elixir.
One day when she was about 75 she called me on the phone and said, "I think I've finally gotten a wrinkle".
She's still active and busy and sharp and witty! We email almost daily.
Oh, how I miss her....
And I couldn't possibly love her more.