Saturday, February 20, 2010

Marking a Milestone in my Mother's Life

My family and a select number of her friends gathered today to celebrate the 80th birthday of our matriarch, my mother. For once, we managed to surprise her. She walked into a room totally unaware that the people there had gathered to honor her. We remembered specific ironies from her life. This mother almost died as an infant herself. Only her paternal grandmother's determination and loved saved a frail baby even as her mother faded and died within a month after giving birth. This animated, highly intelligent woman went to college, spoke to groups of Christian women in several states, was married for over fifty years, but did not get her driver's license until the age of 76. We honored her sacrificial love, her sense of humor, her ability to inspire loyalty in friends, and her joy in learning new things. Three sons gave thanks that this marvelous woman had set them on their way into life.


Quilting Grannie said...

Noticed you had been commenting on Richard Mansel's facebook. I was wondering if you were kin to Waymon Summers who preached in Weirton, WV back in the 70s. We "tried out" at both congs in Weirton at that time. Stayed with Waymon and wife, can't remember her name. They were/are great people. Ran into them with someone else from Weirton once at Gospel Advocate bookstore.
Email me at bjgalloway if you are kin to them.

Cheryl Buchanan Judd said...

Your mother is a wonderful person and someone to be admired, as also was Waymon. She spoke recently at our Ladies' Day at Rising Fawn GA and, as always, it was wonderful. I loved her womens' classes at the Green's Lake Road School of Preaching and Biblical Studies and am sorry it is time for her to retire from the school. Rosemary will be very much missed. Cheryl Judd