Our family has been blessed with some colorful personalities! My mom has her place among that group. She is third to the youngest in a family with 8 siblings, yet she has been the one who has kept that family together over the years. She has a gift of leadership/organization that has made her a prominent figure throughout our lives. She organized family picnics at every major holiday for as long as I could remember. They were always great times of family togetherness. I have many great memories of backyard picnics. She has had her own income tax business since high school. At its peak she had over 800 clients and today she has it down to around 190! She has been president or leader of virtually every volunteer organization from PTA to Class Reunions. She was involved with so many things it is hard to keep up with her. Even at 80 years of age she still snow skis, (check out the pictures) she square dances, she is on a committee to plan their class reunions from high school and she takes meals (to the old people) through the Meals On Wheels program! She has seen much sorrow in life. She had her only sister and a brother killed by a drunk driver, she has buried two husbands, and all her immediate childhood family except for her youngest brother, Bob. Yet she remains optimistic about life. She had a dramatic conversion to Jesus Christ in her 30’s and she will be quick to tell you about reading "Peace With God" by Billy Graham and what happenend to her as a result. She has traveled extensively in her life time. Mom has always been one of my biggest cheerleaders in life. I’m blessed to have her in my corner!
Happy Birthday Mom! I hope you have at least 20 more!