In Honor of My Amazing Angel Mother

My mother was the most generous, giving person I have ever known. She was loved by so many. She was willing to help people or animals, it didn’t matter, she cared about all living beings. But she especially cared deeply about her family and I am proud to be her eldest child. There are five of us, as well as seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. I would like to honor her today, the day she was laid to rest.

Mom's Sunset 1

Mom was born 86 years ago and passed away on October 31, 2019. She was at peace with her two sons at her bedside holding her hands. I was unable to be with her because of my own medical issues, but spent some beautiful moments with her two days before she passed. She is not suffering any longer and that comforts my heart.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She met my father when they were both in middle school in a small coastal town in Oregon. Once they graduated, Mom married the love of her life and they were married for 53 years, until my father passed in 2005.

She also loved gardening and never met a plant she didn’t want to care for or rescue. She could bring just about any plant or shrub, that most people would have given up on, back to life.

Mom's Sunset 2

Mom and I both love sunsets and often shared pictures of them with each other. These photos were taken from the balcony of my new home a few days before Mom passed and they make me think of her. When I texted the above photo to her, she replied, “You are blessed.” That was the last text I received from her and I’m grateful for that.

She also loved watching the phases of the moon, so it’s perfect that tonight is a full moon. She’s back home at the beach where she spent 80 years of her life, under the full moon and she’s with Dad. They are finally together again!

People often say Mom was an angel and I agree with that. I feel her presence every day and know she is watching over me while I go through the most challenging time of my life.

Mom is definitely my Angel!


“God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4, NLT


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11 thoughts

  1. I am sorry for your loss , Robin. Losing ones mother is heart-wrenching. I love that you took your sadness and turned it into such a beautiful tribute to your very loving mother. Reading your words allowed me a glimpse into the life of a most caring, wonderful human being. I know you will miss her, but I know she will always be with you, safely nestled in your heart.

  2. Dianna, I am truly sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a lovely lady & certainly lived a full & memorable life. You & your siblings were blessed to have her for a mom. I pray that the Lord will comfort you at this time, as you go thru so many trials. The Lord allows those He loves to go thru hard times. Hang in there, kiddo. Prayers!

    1. Thank you for these words Yvonne. They are comforting and we always appreciate the prayers. They seem to be working because test results from a new CT scan on Monday look very good. The cancer has not spreading and what is there is diminishing. Thank God! I was wondering if you are getting my messages on FB. I haven’t had a reply there in a long time.

  3. You are blessed. 🙂 Your mom sounds like the kind of mom everyone should have. Sorry for your loss, though. Losing a parent sure isn’t easy, even when they’ve had a good, full life. Prayers!

    1. Thank you Nora. She did have a great life considering where she and my father began. They worked very hard to create the life they ended up with. But they are together again now and Mom isn’t suffering any longer and that warms my heart. Thank you so much for the prayers, they are working since I got great test results from a new CT scan on Monday. The cancer is not spreading, in fact it is diminishing!!

    1. I’m happy to hear you have a great Mom too! It means the world! I do miss Mom a ton, but I am comforted that she is not suffering any longer and is with my Dad.

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