*I initially posted this tribute a few years back. In honor of Mother’s Day coming up on May 9, I’m re-posting. Miss you, Mom.
Thoughts about my Mom… If your Mother is living when you read this, enjoy the moments you have with her. My Mom passed away not long ago and left a huge gaping hole in our very small family. She truly was the ‘rock’ who was a positive influence in our lives. She was very young at heart and seeing her at 76, one would never guess her to be over about sixty years old.
My mother was in perpetual motion. Many times I expressed to her that I wished I had her energy. And this was when she was living with leukemia in a dormant stage. She was diagnosed fifteen years ago and yet was able to live life fully and exactly as she pleased until the very end. Although she could sometimes be soft at the edges, she was strong at the center.
Those who knew my mom always remember her for her zest for life, her great smile and her fun and gregarious personality. There wasn’t much that could get her down. Whatever the dilema, she’d simply shake it off and forge ahead.
Unbelievably, at seventy-six years old, she still worked FULL time on her feet with leukemia in the Cashier’s Cage at the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas. I also previously worked that job and I know from experience how hard and demanding the job is. Not only are you bombarded constantly by customers, but you’re also tossing around very heavy bags of coin while tripping over co-workers in the very small space. At her funeral, the casino owner spoke and said that her smile would just light up the whole room and he commented on how she so graciously interacted with the customers and other employees.
This is not to say that she wasn’t a firecracker with a very lively persona. She didn’t take any guff from anyone…. Looking back, I can’t remember a time when she wasn’t always runnin’ and gunnin’ and living life to the very fullest – while at the same time keeping her family and family needs and isssues as her number one priority.
Being an only child, I really miss her a lot. I know my daughter and grandson miss “Granny” too. So many little things you kind of take for granted at the time. But don’t… you just never know. My Mother worked all day just as usual on a Wednesday, and died the following Sunday. Her leukemia very suddenly went into what they call the blast phase.
Mother was born in Ashdown, Arkansas. She has a brother who passed away a few years back and a sister still living in Sweetwater, Texas.
One of my best memories was the time I threw a surprise birthday party for her. She did so much for us – it was nice to treat her for a change….
We love and miss you, Mom.