Well, what can I say about my mother? There were many things in my life that mama gave me, one of the greatest things being "courage". She was a wonderful, strong, kind, happy person. She loved life and loved the family she had. Everyone loved to be around her. She had a great sense of humor and loved having a lot of fun.

I remember my brother calling me to tell me the bad news about mama’s health. She told him not to tell me because she knew how upset I would get. That was just like mama, not wanting to worry anyone. But of course he had to tell me. It was only about 3 months after she celebrated her 70th birthday that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She was always a healthy woman and rarely went to doctors. So by the time she found out, it was too late. She lived in Florida, so that meant I had to fly to see her. I was always afraid of flying. Mama loved to fly and always told me not to be afraid because when God wanted me, he would find me no matter where I was. Whether it was on an airplane, or in my bed. So there was nothing to fear. Not too many months passed by when God did find mama. Not on airplane—but in her bed.

Thanks mama for giving me my courage.

Story By: Mary Ann

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