For Mothers Day Dad had brought mom home for the day. My sisters and I cooked and took all the food over to spend the day with mom and dad in their home. This was the last mom would be home. Twelve days later mom was "Dancing With Jesus"
Oh what wonderful memories of mom I have. I would like to share my "Mom" with you.
This is a picture of moms younger Brother George also known as Uncle Bud to me, Mom , and her older sister Leah. Aunt Leah is 86 and still going strong. Unlce Bud passed away 2 years before mom.
Mom and my dad met while dad was still in highschool and married in 1946. Soon I came along. The oldest of 5 born to them.
Mom and I taken when I was about 2 1/2 or so.
Before my sisters were born mom and dad suffered the loss of both of my brothers. One in 1949 and one on 1950. In 1952 my sister Rhoda was born and in 1954 my youngest sister Gail came along. In 1956 dad was transfered with his job and we moved to Ohio where we lived until 1963 moving back to Michigan at the beginning of my senior year.
Shortly after coming back to Michigan mom went to work for our local IGA Grocery Store and was employed there till she retired 28 years later.
In 1969 mom became a first time Grandma and oh did she love that. She and my daughter were very close as she was with each of the Grandchildren. Mom and dad loved traveling with all the grandchildren and took each grandchild to Florida for a week just before they started school. What fun they had showing them all the different sites of the state.
This was taken at moms retirement party.
On retiring mom traveled.. She went all the places that dad had no desire to see. She and my Aunt went to Aruba. Mom loved family history and would go on jaunts all over to the different libraries in search of our roots. She volunteered at the County Clerks Office looking up genealogy names dates etc. for those that were also searching for their roots. Thanks to moms efforts I have pictures of many of my grandparents, great grandparents, and great great grandparents. I have locks of hair from my grandmothers first haircut.. My husband George and I have traveled on some of mom and dads roots searching and I have been able to walk on the land and into the house owned by my dads side for over 250 years.
In 1993 mom and dad were there when my oldest daughter married. Oh they were so thrilled that day.
Great Great Grandmothers jewelry on your wedding day.
In 1996 we celebrated mom and dad's 50th anniversary with a big party for them.
And here they are with myself, my three daughters Lisa, Cherrie, and Jill and the the Great
Mom and Dad celebrater 64 years of marriage. It was a marrige that never waviered. I wish all could have grown up with a marriage as stable and loving as mom and dads. I told my husband the last time we took a trip with them in 2001 that it is so neat to see couples at that age still walking hand in hand. I never heard mom and dad have a disagreement. The love and respect they had for each other was truly amazing.
As a final picture I want to share one of the last pictures taken of mom. Mom lived to see two Great Great Grandbabies. This is the 5 Generation picture of the Silveus side of the family.
Karan, Mom holding Cadyn, Justin, and in the back Cherrie
Mom tomorrow is Mothers Day. I miss you greatly. It was very hard picking out a plant to take to George's mom today. I stood crying as we did it. I know how you loved your flowers. But I did find something there and thought of you. An angel and I am going back for her. She will go in a special garden of roses that I am putting in this summer in memory of you. I know you would love her.
I found this poem and thought it was so fitting for this post.
I love and miss you mom.
Happy Mothers Day in Heaven
IN MEMORY OF MOTHER
When you view the twinkling stars
within the darken skies,
you see the soft reflections there
like shown in mother's eyes.
Always with a gleaming glow
that smiled upon her face;
and everyone adored her so...
with love and warm embrace.
* * * *
And mother had a zeal for life
without some selfish greed;
she eased the pain of other's plight
by serving those in need.
And she would never let them down,
by faith and serving God,
For she and He were closely bound,
as "peas are in a pod!"
* * * *
So herein lies the facts I feel,
that warm me through and through,
for all the strength she came to yield
was courage, brave and true.
* * * *
For the illness that befell her
in latter days gone by,
purely bore her faith and trust
in mighty God on high.
The emptyness within me,
I'm bound to understand...
that everything is meant to be,
and ends in God's own hands.
And How I love and miss my mom,
now free from ill and pain,
and someday in the great beyond
I'll be with her again!
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By William E. Hardison