Today, my mother-in-law would have been ninety-eight. We miss you, Elizabeth!
She was my mother-in-law, but before that, a dear friend.
We had much in common; like me, she was an RN.
One of my favorite memories was the year she became my traveling European companion.
That prior closeness we shared made it very easy to choose her son as my husband.
She was a devoted wife, and cared for her husband as he suffered with his emphysema plight.
Although she loved her man, nobody messed with her kids because they were the true joy of her life.
To her three children she imparted her values, and taught them to live responsibly and right.
They never doubted her love; to repay her, when she needed them most, they all stood by her side.
She was a woman of deep faith and had a true relationship with the Lord.
That none of her children continued in their Catholic upbringing, certainly saddened her to the core.
She finally accepted their walk with God, though, so as not to let the differences bring discord.
However, she never quit proselytizing by leaving subtle hints and her church’s brochures!
She was a reserved person, but at the same time, spoke her mind as she saw fit.
Because of her quiet demeanor, however, others sometimes did dismiss.
Yet, those who took the time to know her discovered her endearing qualities and dry wit.
Soft spoken and genuine, she was the kind of person you just never forget.
She was resourceful and frugal to a fault.
Like many of her generation, she rarely discarded things she bought.
However, when you needed something, you felt sure she would have it about.
If not, she would go out of her way to order it from one of her many catalogs.
She had an amazing green thumb and many interests.
Her specialties in growing plants were shamrocks and violets.
With her many talents, like her crocheting, she blessed others with gifts.
My favorite of her talents, though, was how she could watch two soap operas at the same time, and with neither one miss a lick!
She had ageless charm and beauty; her thoughtful ways, she maintained to the end.
To those of us who loved her, we thought of her as a special gem.
Although we miss her very much, we know that we will see her again.
What I look forward to most is when she greets me the way she always did, by asking,
“Loretta Sue, how have you been?”
*Footnote- Elizabeth is the only person who ever called me by my full name. Knowing she did so out of love, each time was special.
What a beautiful tribute … and inspiration to live out our faith, conviction, and love for another! Thank you so much for sharing, Loretta Sue!
You are welcome. She was so special to me!
my friend has a sweet name for her mother-in-law … she calls her “mother-in-love” … it sounds like yours was that too!
Yes. I love that. I will call her that in heaven!
Thanks for writing this. I thought about how Mom would have turned 98 today; wonder what she would have thought about the condition of the world today.
I can just hear her. ‘Oh boy’ or ‘Gosh sakes’. Miss her
Love this, Sue. She was a beautiful woman. I hope my daughters-in-law have some good thoughts of me!! Jessie W.
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I am certain they do. You are wonderful, Jessie. Thanks!
What a beautiful tribute! Warms my heart. 🙂
Thanks, Rene. She was a sweetheart.
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This is so nice, what a wonderful tribute to her!
Thanks, Toni. She was one of a kind special.
I found another inspirational woman beside you.lovely ttibute 🙂
Thanks so much, Karina. Your encouragement about my writing has been such a blessing to me. Thanks for that, too.
A tribute like this to your mother-in-law says a lot about you, too. 🙂
Have a blessed week!
Thanks, but she was so easy to love that I take no credit for the relationship. Honestly, it was all a God thing by how He put her in my life in the first place. Blessings!
How beautiful! Thank you for sharing her life/spirit with us. I, too, had an awesome mother in law, and she is missed dearly. There are so many things that remind me of her…especially the wonderful husband she gave to me. She shines through him everyday:-)
How wonderful that you had a good relationship with her. I remind myself of how blessed I was because I know that not everyone had what we did. Thanks!
That is so true; I am blessed in so many ways. Our relationship was not an easy one in the beginning. I was very young (met her at 17, and married my husband at 20) She completely intimidated me. She had 6 children, and was an “expert” at anything concerning homemaking, cooking, baking. Her way was always right. It took me a few years to really understand her heart, and realize that her way of “loving” was through the things she did well… the nurturing, cooking, baking, cleaning, etc. I guess I learned to understand her heart, and I got past being intimidated, and just loved her. All through the years, we kept getting closer, and she confided many things to me…including seeing angels and spirits. I was so honored that she trusted me, and I really miss her.
How wonderful that you did not give up, but persisted in getting to know her. Speaks well of you and I imagine it made your relationship with your husband even better. God is good to help us through these difficulties. My
mom had a similar journey with her mother-in-law but they too ended up being close. Thanks for sharing!
Such a beautiful tribute to one very special lady. I would have loved to have this relationship with my mother-in-law; but always felt that I was never good enough for her son. It wasn’t until she passed that I realized what a precious lady she was and even though we had our differences (quite a few) I miss her very much. It was only seeing her through my daughter’s eyes that made me realize the love she had to share. Regretfully I didn’t see her through the eyes of Jesus, only my own.
Sounds like God found a way to show you in spite of what you didn’t discover then. I pray He will mend that wound in your heart of missing her and any regrets. He is so good to do that. Thanks for sharing
Thank you Sue. Life is so precious. So easy to get caught up in things that just don’t matter.
Oh, my. Your mother-in-law looks very, very similar to my mom. I wonder if she was living a double life? 😉 She was an RN, as well.
What a great piece – and how fortunate you were in your relations. To be loved by the mother of one’s husband is quite a feat – and speaks very well of you!
Thanks. Maybe they were twins and didn’t know it!! 🙂