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Every spring it is a tradition to set aside one day in May that honors mommies-to-be, moms, grannies, and great grandmothers. The bond between a mother and daughter is indescribable. We encourage you to take a moment and enjoy these sweet interviews with local women and their mommas. 

Barbara Hoover and  Ann Frances Barker

Barbara Hoover, Financial Service Representative at FirstBank

What attributes would you use to describe your daughter and what she means to you?

Well, if you have a child you already know they mean the world to you. If you have a daughter like Ann Frances there is no way to properly explain her level of kindness, sweetness and the sheer joy she brings into my life. She provides me with such a peaceful reassurance that I can’t possibly see or talk to her enough to satisfy myself. I will pout if a week goes by and I haven’t been able to, at least, talk with her.

What is one of your favorite memories with your daughter from her childhood?

Ann Frances started ballet lessons at age three. Oh my gosh, those little girls’ cuteness was crazy. It took a large part of her childhood time with the weekly practices leading up to the recitals. My favorite memory was braiding her hair. It had to be parted in a certain way, braided in a certain way and then you had to pray that all the new baby sprigs of hair would stay in place for four hours until the recital was over. She danced all through high school and taught beginning classes. It was a wonderful sweet time, and I would be so proud to show everyone reading this article her ballet pictures from each year!

How do the two of you spend time together now?

It seems we are alike when someone needs help or assistance. I can’t tell you how many times I have called her or she has called me and said, ABC needs help with the utility bill, winter coat or glasses, etc. Each year she sponsors a family in need at Christmas from the school system. She emails all her friends and family, collects the purchases they have made or money they are donating to complete the necessary needs list and then wraps and delivers. One year Ann Frances provided a Christmas tree complete with decorations to a single mom with two small children. You should have seen the children’s faces when the Christmas tree lights were lit (of course I was there). We are so fortunate to have our family and friends to call on for these situations, knowing that so many other members of our community that are only a paycheck away from needing assistance. I take such pride in her mission and can’t imagine not helping her.

What attributes of your daughter’s do you strive to have in your own life and why?

Ann Frances unselfishly gives time every week for the past 10 years to the Christian Women’s Job Core (CWJC) that is based in the Walker Memorial Baptist Church Sunday school area. It is a wonderful program that teaches women in need to speak English, dress professionally, fill out applications, and ultimately interview for jobs. Some of the women that enter the program can’t even read and live right here in Williamson County. With her involvement in this program, it has made me realize it takes a village to help each other for the benefit of the community. I have had the privilege to see the great benefits of the program. She has inspired me to reach out to other families and try to help any way I can.

If you could tell the world anything about your daughter, what would it be? 

I think you can tell I am crazy proud of this amazing young woman. You can trust her and depend on her to do the right thing. She is loyal, loving and sincere. She is a Taurus so therefore very determined. I want to be just like her when I grow up.

Ann Frances Barker, Reading Specialist at Kenrose Elementary

What attributes would you use to describe your mother and what she means to you?

Patience; and then more patience to go along with it. She loves with an unconditional LOVE. She is a mother who loves God with all her heart which allows her to love unconditionally.  Her love spurs confidence in my brother and me as we go about our own lives. It is rare in today’s society to have parents married 43 years and grandparents 72 years. We are able to show love, commitment, and respect from the examples set by our own family’s love. 

Her FAITH has most certainly been tested in her roles of daughter, big sister, wife, mother, aunt, and friend.  She demonstrates her character as she navigates life’s trials and tribulations with an inspiring confidence and belief in God that everything will work out the way God has intended.  

She brings ORDER to chaos.  She has a calming and rational approach to all things in life.  This is apparent in how her influence continues to help shape who I am today as a person.  Even throughout her 36 year professional career, she has always made time for me and all my needs from infant to adulthood.  She has an ability to INSPIRE. The wisdom you always hear growing up, yet never believe, about your mom being right most often times prove true as you age.  

What is one of your favorite memories with your mother from your childhood?

A moment in my life I will hold dear to my heart was getting ready to go to college. Mom and I spent all summer planning and preparing for the decoration of my door room and supplies.  We spent time getting fabric, towels, and watching my grandmother sew the coordinating pillows!  When the day arrived, we set out towards Bowling Green and when we arrived, we unloaded, cleaned, decorated, and organized the tiny side of my dorm in time to get some dinner before mom and dad left me. I felt alone. Luckily, we had a few loose ends to tie up and mom came back down a few days later to bring me the last of my college items.  We were able to go to lunch, shop for a few things, and finish up my dorm room.  She might not think much of having to come back to Bowling Green, but it meant I got to hug her neck one more time and take in the last few moments of being with my Momma.  It meant the world to me to have her (and Dad) so involved in a monumental event in my life.

How do the two of you spend time together now?

We talk almost daily about anything and everything. She usually has a list of what she needs to tell or ask me, so we don’t get off task.  We love to work in the yard together, whether she is helping me or I am helping her (mostly it’s her helping me). We love to rearrange rooms together and create great comfortable spaces.  We love to shop and go to lunch together. We love to go to garage sales together. Really anything is fun when we are together. 

What attributes of your mother’s do you strive to have in your own life and why?

Her patience, unconditional love and ability to inspire are attributes I strive to have. She has emulated these attributes throughout her life over and over in work, at home and in the community. 

If you could tell the world anything about your mother, what would it be?

What makes her most happy is being with her family and friends she considers family. Whether it is our immediate family or the whole Hoover or Sedberry clan; she enjoys being with people she loves.  She has a permanent smile when in the presence of the people whom she loves. She is my best friend and I am so lucky to have her as mine.  Everyone else should be jealous that I get to be her daughter!

Deanna Hemby and  Natalie Hemby Wrucke

Deanna Hemby, Personal Assistant to Amy Grant and Vince Gill 

What attributes would you use to describe your daughter and what she means to you?

Natalie has always had a passion for music… for people…and for life. Ever since she was a little girl she has loved being around people and enjoyed entertaining them. She has always been the life of the party with stories and laughter, a quality that she inherited from her father. These are qualities that are always reflected in her writing. For example, her song “Jealous” shows the depth of her emotions, artistry and love of music and words. 

What is one of your favorite memories with your daughter from her childhood?

We moved to Nashville when Natalie was only a year and a half old.  During that period of time, her daddy had to be on the road a lot due to his job. He was a touring musician at the time.  At 22 years old I had never lived alone, away from friends and family in a large metropolitan city such as Nashville. So most weekends or when we could we would drive to my parents in Illinois which was my home state, or we would drive to Tom’s parents in Missouri to visit.  

When we traveled Natalie loved to sing, so we would spend many hours in the car singing to every song that we could think of... I remember one song in particular that we would sing if we happened to run into a storm. It seemed to always bring peace to the moment.

It's beginning to rain, rain, rain, hear the voice of the Father

He's saying who so ever will, come and drink of my water

He's promised to pour his spirit out, on your sons and your daughters

If you’re thirsty and dry, look up to the sky, it's beginning to rain!

How do the two of you spend time together now?

Time … it’s hard to find time now with our busy schedules, but when we do find time it’s usually when there is a family gathering and we’re able to sneak off to the living room and have a chat to catch up.

What attributes of your daughter’s do you strive to have in your own life and why?

I love the fact that Natalie always seems to have the ability to bring joy and laughter into any room.

If you could tell the world anything about your daughter, what would it be?

She’s a wonderful caring mother and is always honest to a fault …

Natalie Hemby Wrucke, award-winning American songwriter 

What attributes would you use to describe your mother and what she means to you?

My mother is somewhat of a walking contradiction. She has a feisty personality, yet, she is so tender hearted. She's not afraid to tell someone like it is, but she's terrified of the weather. I've seen her pray away many storms in my life. She is a strong woman who can carry the weight of the world on her shoulders, but will toss and turn in the middle of the night, worrying if I made it safely home from a trip. She is the best of both worlds, and that's what makes her so special to me. She is my mom, and there is no one like her. 

What is one of your favorite memories with your mother from her childhood?

My mother is an excellent dancer. If anyone knows my mother, they know how much she loves to dance. When she was in high school, she was crowned Jitterbug Queen. Her mother taught her how to dance, so naturally, she taught me. Some of my favorite memories have been dancing with my mother at after parties, weddings, concerts, and most recently, at my number one party. It was a 1950's prom themed number one party for a song I had co-written with Miranda Lambert and Nicolle Galyon, and my mother and I danced like we owned the place. And what made it even more special was the fact that we were all dressed up, doing the jitterbug... Just like old times. 

How do the two of you spend time together now?

These days, spending quality time with my mother is a rare occasion. We both work jobs with ever changing hours, so we don't get to see each other as often as I would like. However, when we do, we usually just sit and relax in the family room and talk. Since our lives are so busy, spending a few hours just catching up over a glass of iced tea feels like quality time. 

What attributes of your mother’s do you strive to have in your own life and why?

I wish I was more organized like my mother. She has got all her ducks in a row. I am scatter brained and have a hard time keeping things together. She and I planned my wedding together, and the day was so special because she did such a great job of organizing it. She makes throwing a party look like a piece of cake.

If you could tell the world anything about your mother, what would it be?

I wish I could write a book on my mother. There is so much to her. But if I could pick one thing, I'd want the world to know that she's a survivor. Having grown up in a small town with a father who was an alcoholic, she did not have an easy start at life. She was married to my father at a very young age, and with hardly any money, they moved to Nashville when I was only two. Even worse, I was a very sick child. I had a tumor on my ear and I was constantly in the hospital. My mother has always worked, always provided, and has always been there for me when I needed her. And she has been the same way with her friends and family. She has taught me how to pray, how to always be hopeful, and she is a constant reminder of who I want to be when I grow up... I love her so, so much… 

LeAnne Ulmer and  Joyce Smith

Joyce Smith, retired educator, community advocate

What attributes would you use to describe your daughter and what she means to you?

Words I would use to describe LeAnne are:  ambitious, caring, determined, good thinker and strong-willed, and she sets and achieves clear cut goals. LeAnne means the world to me. She is the daughter I never thought we would have. After her brothers, Greg and Jeff, were born I thought our family was complete, but then I learned I was expecting. On May 9, 1966, we were told, “You have a beautiful little girl.” That was one of the happiest days of our life.

As she grew, I knew she had determination to do whatever she chose to do in life. I was “thrilled to death” when she chose to teach school and ended up in the same school district as me (Franklin Special school District). She loved her students and they loved her. After 25 years of teaching she chose to retire and pursue her dream of singing with her husband. I am so proud of LeAnne and the young lady she has become.

What is one of your favorite memories with your daughter from her childhood?

There are so many memories that it is hard to just chose one, but I guess the one that stands out the most is when she was in kindergarten at Hardison School in Lewisburg, TN. Not only am I her mother, but I was also her kindergarten teacher. During an art class I was showing the other students pictures. Later she came to me and said, “How come you don’t ever show my pictures?” BOY! Did I feel small.

How do the two of you spend time together now?

Her schedule is so full with their music shows and traveling to other countries that I have to see if I can “fit in” a few hours with her. I do go by and have a cup of coffee with her and Ellen Kirk some mornings before she starts her busy schedule. Her daddy and I try to attend some of their shows when they are performing close to home. There are times we can enjoy her granddaughters, my great granddaughters, Londyn and Paisley Scicolone, together which is a GREAT time to spend together.

What attributes of your daughter’s do you strive to have in your own life and why?

Since I will be 80 years old this year, it is hard for me to answer this question. I wish I had her angelic voice that she has (I use to sing at weddings, funerals, and in a quartet, as well as church choirs, but have a limited voice now).

If you could tell the world anything about your daughter, what would it be?

I would tell the world that I am so proud of our daughter because she has overcome so many obstacles in her life—divorce, and death of a husband, which have made her a stronger person. 

In addition, she and her husband, Jo-el, 2Country4Nashville recently won “Duo of the Year” at the Western Country Music Festival in Ft. Worth, TX(They brought home a beautiful marble trophy). She is a daughter that ANY mother would be proud of and I just happen to be THAT mother.

LeAnn Ulmer, retired Franklin Special School teacher and part of the country duo 2Country4Nashville 

What attributes would you use to describe your mother and what she means to you?

My mother is a treasured gem. Such a cute, little, classy lady; you can always depend on her to be dressed up for whatever holiday or special event (with matching shoes!) I adore her greatly, as do many! But to me personally, like that treasured gem, she is priceless. She was a wonderful mother growing up… she was strict, but kind, and always a teacher. She taught me and so many of my own dear friends/classmates in school…but at home, she was also always a teacher. 

She is also an incredible fighter. I've watched her fight and win her battle over breast cancer 32 years ago...taking chemotherapy and still teaching school through it all. And I've witnessed her offering love, faith and support to so many other cancer patients. I've seen her survive a car wreck that she shouldn't have walked away from...I've watched her come back from major back surgery, with a determination like none other. And now, turning 80 years young this year, she is in the most incredibly, strong health! She doesn't give up and she never gives in. She and my father live active lifestyles, and it's such an inspiration to me. 

And following right along with that "never gives up" quality, my mother and father will be married 59 years this August.  I am thankful for the wonderful example of marriage they have provided my brothers and me, along with our children and grandchildren now. 

What is one of your favorite memories with your mother from your childhood?

My favorite childhood memories revolve around holidays at home. My mother and father helped create many family traditions, and even though we may have frowned at them at the time, they are so meaningful to me today! For Easter Sunday each year, my brothers and I always got new clothes (and I always had a hat, or bonnet as we called them), and we HAD to get our picture made together in the front yard standing by the newly blooming Dogwood tree that my daddy planted in earlier years.  For Christmas Eve, we always got matching Christmas pajamas that we got to open and wear the night before Christmas. And in the morning, BEFORE we were allowed to go into the living room to see what Santa brought, we HAD to get our picture made together, pretending like we were all three peeking through the door. Pretty cheesy … but again, priceless to me now.  I adore all my childhood memories they helped create for my two older brothers and me.

How do the two of you spend time together now? 

With me busy on the road traveling with my husband, Jo-el, as 2Country4Nashville music duo, I don’t get to spend a lot of time with my mom, but we make sure we talk to each other on the phone almost every day. When we’re home from the road, she drops by for coffee and hugs! She’s very supportive of my “new career” in music with my husband. Years ago, I followed her footsteps and became a school teacher and continued in that path for 25 years until just last year when I retired early from teaching and Jo-el and I took off on the road to follow our music dreams together. She’s always been supportive of our music and is thrilled to see us doing what we love together. She definitely brags on us the most of anyone in our families!

What attributes of your mother do you strive to have in your own life and why?

My mother has so many wonderful qualities and attributes that I would LOVE to be blessed with, however, I seem to have come straight from my daddy’s mold in personality and style. My mother has definitely taught me responsibility, punctuality, honesty and keeping your word to someone. The MOST important thing my mother has instilled in me, however, is to simply TRUST God. HE has a plan, and WE may not always know that plan, but HE will provide... and whatever struggles or pain I may have gone through, my mother’s words of advice have ALWAYS been, “This too shall pass.” It’s taken me years to finally believe in this…but after going through a divorce, being a single mom for a while, remarrying again, only to lose that wonderful spouse to cancer, being a single mom, yet again…and then finally trusting to love again, I realize that God has had me in HIS care the entire time.  I am a walking testament to always knowing that God has a plan for me in every step I take. And He has a plan for everyone who trusts in HIM. I know this now, but first because of my mother’s faith. 

If you could tell the world anything about your mother what would it be?

My mother is a Godly and faithful woman. That about sums it up. Not a perfect woman, but about as perfect an example as I can imagine or would ever be blessed to strive to mirror. She's a wonderful mother. She is an incredible grandmother to six beautiful, fully grown women. And now she is a great (and GREAT) grandmother to five perfect little girls! What a blessing she is to so many, and I’m so grateful she’s mine.

Mrs. Minnie L. Johnson and Paulette Johnson

Paulette Johnson, board member

African American Heritage Society 

What attributes would you use to describe your mother and what she means to you? 

My mother, Minnie Johnson (Miss Minnie), possesses many of the attributes of the Proverbs 31 virtuous woman. She treats everyone with kindness and respect. She always sees the best in everyone, is caring, loving, giving and has always been slow to anger. She is truly a Godly woman. 

What is one of your favorite memories with your mother from your childhood?

I have many memories from childhood that my mother and I still share today; some good, some funny and some that even today still give me a pang of sorrow when I think of them. After she and my father separated about 12 years into their marriage, she as a single parent raised nine children. She was not only a mother, but she was a father, cook, seamstress for four girls, teacher and counselor. She has never blamed or accused him for her plight in life and did not allow us to either. When we did talk or complain about him, she would stop us and say, “That’s still your father.” During my childhood Miss Minnie worked many jobs, she did day work cleaning houses and cooking almost every day. In the fall and winter months she also stripped tobacco. My most vivid memory of this time is from one very cold winter. The owner of the crop would pick her up either early morning before daylight or in the evening after she had already worked all day. One night she came home and the tips of her fingers had burst and were bleeding (from the cold weather and tobacco gum). I think we both cried; one not letting the other see their tears. I had tried to cook supper and although it was awful, she ate it and bragged about how good it was. Even in her tiredness and pain, Miss Minnie found the good in our situation. 

How do the two of you spend time together now? 

When Miss Minnie is up to it we attend church together at Connection Hill PB Church where she has been a member for more than 50 years. She still likes to go grocery shopping once in a while. Sometimes we watch television or just talk. I have gotten tons of family history and genealogy information from her just in general conversation.

What attributes of your mother do you strive to have in your own life and why?

Like Miss Minnie, I want to love God, my family, my friends and my fellowman. I always want to treat others with kindness and respect, but most of all I hope that my children can see some of Miss Minnie in me.

If you could tell the world anything about your mother, what would it be?

Miss Minnie has lived through 89 years (as of March 13) – some of the most interesting and world changing history of all time and is still cognitive enough to pass it on to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Wow, five generations! We are a blessed family. 

Minnie L. Johnson (Miss Minnie) 

What attributes would you use to describe your daughter and what she means to you? 

I don’t know exactly how to put it, but she means everything to me. She does so much for me – especially now while I’m sick. Some people would say, “You aren’t sick,” but I know and she knows what’s wrong with me. 

What is one of your favorite memories with your daughter?

She’s always been a real sweet girl if that helps you… say, if she brought me something to eat… would that help? There’s a lot of things I’ve forgotten, but she was born out on Lewisburg Pike at home and went to school at Cedar Hill and Natchez High and she was a good student. 

How do the two of you spend time together now? 

We don’t do a lot together, but I was glad to get to do this today. She said she was going to the McLemore House after we were through here and I told her that I thought I would go with her. Since I’ve had my shoulder hurting so bad, she comes almost every day to see me. We talk and watch television. My favorite program is the one that has the sugar pouring out of the thing… (I offered her that it might be “Days of Our Lives”) Yes, but she doesn’t like it very much. 

What attributes of your daughter do you strive to have in your own life and why?

I don’t think anything. I did real well with her and I’m very proud of her. 

If you could tell the world anything about your daughter what would it be?

She is a sweet girl, a lady I should say. She’s real nice to her mama. 

Pam Pelham and  Doris Stringer

Doris Stringer, Cashier at Kroger (Hwy 96E)/Server at Puckett’s Groc. & Restaurant

What attributes would you use to describe your daughter and what she means to you? 

Pami is hard-working, funny, beautiful, smart and a great mother. She is my heart! 

What is one of your favorite memories with your daughter from her childhood?

When she was a little girl, we left her for a few hours with her grandparents. When we came back she wrote me a note that said, “Dear Mommy, don’t every leave me again.”

How do the two of you spend time together now?

We both work a lot, but we try to go out to eat, shopping and sometimes get mani/pedis together. We also walk the dogs together. 

What attributes of your daughter do you strive to have in your own life and why?

She sometimes does things for herself like go to a concert or on a short trip. She knows how to do fun things. I wish I could do this and don’t think of working all the time. 

If you could tell the world anything about your daughter what would it be? 

She is an amazing, fun-loving, beautiful and great person and I love her with all my heart. 

Pam Pelham, manager for Puckett’s Groc. & Restaurant and Puckett’s Boat House

What attributes would you use to describe your mother and what she means to you? 

My mother is the most hard-working person I know. She is also extremely caring and giving – especially towards my three boys, Lane, Hunter and Dylan. 

What is one of your favorite memories with your mother?

Every Christmas Eve since the boys were born she and I stay up after they go to bed and wrap all the presents and watch "The Christmas Story" for a full 24 hours. This is something that has been a Christmas tradition for Mom and me for the last 15 years. It’s a time I can count on to spend quality time with my Mom during the Holidays. 

How do the two of you spend time together now? 

We both work a lot, but we love a good “girl’s day out” which usually includes shopping! A few years ago she decided to move in with me to be closer to us. Ever since then we have spent Monday nights cooking her favorite German meals together.

What attributes of your mother do you strive to have in your own life and why?

I’ve already mentioned how hard working she is, but she is also very dedicated. I have a lot of my mother’s drive in me, but my hope is that my children will mirror what they see.

If you could tell the world anything about your mother what would it be?

Mom was 22 when she moved from Germany away from all her friends and family with her two children to Franklin, TN. She knew very little English, and had never been to the United States before; she’s come a long way in the last 29 years and has made Franklin her home! 

Connie Clark Sr., Connie Cark & Cathy Hardcastle

Connie Clark Sr., Connie Cark & Cathy Hardcastle

Connie Clark Sr., 

What attributes would you use to describe your daughters and what they meant to you?

I absolutely adore both my girls and cannot imagine what my life would be without either of them. They have always been good to me and now that I am more limited in my mobility, each in her way is even more needed and more help than ever. 

What is one of your favorite childhood memories with each daughter from her childhood?

When Cathy was in high school she was on the gymnastics team, and I always ended up driving team members to away competitions. In those days not all mothers had second cars in the family, so Cathy always offered my car to the coach! We made lots of good memories on those trips. 

While Connie was at Harvard getting her Master’s degree, she fell while playing volleyball and broke her ankle. She was in a cast and on crutches and could not get around the large campus or drive her car. Since the semester was almost over, I flew to Boston to help her pack her things and drove her home to Atlanta. She had to arrange for her last exams to be administered at Emory University. That trip, too, was a great opportunity for us to be together. 

How do the three of you spend time together now?

When Connie is in town we get together two or three afternoons a week. Since Connie travels more for her work, I see Cathy more often. But the best times are when all three of us, and my daughter-in-law Lulu, are all together to chat and catch up with one another. 

What attributes of your daughters do you strive to have in your own life and why?

As their mother I have tried to instill in them the values my mother taught me as a child. So far I can safely say that they are both caring women who are thoughtful to others. I am proud of both because each one is exceptional in her own field. 

If you could tell the world anything about your mother what would it be?

I am proud of both because each one is exceptional in her own field. Connie is a Supreme Court justice and participates in many community activities. Cathy is a wonderful mother and grandmother. She is on the board of the Boys & Girls Club, which is concerned with helping our county’s young people to mature as good citizens with the ability to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Connie Clark, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice and Cathy Hardcastle, mother and grandmother extraordinaire 

What attributes would you use to describe your mother and what she means to you? 

Both: Our mother loves her family ferociously. She believes that each of us is amazing, and in supporting us that way, helps us to see the best in ourselves. Our mother has been an incredible leader, but her accomplishments were sometimes camouflaged because she chose to lead in areas important to her family rather than to herself. 

What is one of your favorite memories with your mother from your childhood? 

Both: There are too many memories to articulate just one. Our mom participated in everything we did as children. She taught our dance classes, led our church children’s choir, taught our Sunday school, led our Girl Scout and Campfire Girls troops, was a room mother and even chaperoned high school dances. When our brother Bill played little league baseball she organized the parents as volunteers to work in the concession stands. But she also made both of us work our share because she wanted us to understand why it was important to support each other. She was simply always there to encourage us and teach us everything we did. At the same time, she cooked dinner every night and made sure the family ate together and actually talked to each other.

How do the two of you spend time together now? 

Cathy: Our time together has changed over the last few months. We used to go to my grandchildren’s ball games – any event involving her five grandsons and nine great-grand children is a wonderful experience for her. Because of her health problems she does not get out as much now, so we all go to her and spend time talking and listening as she shares her wisdom with us. 

Connie: Whenever she is able we still attend church together on Sunday. I also try to drop in most afternoons after work, just to check on how her day has gone. And I, too, still take her occasionally to a soccer, baseball, track, volleyball, or football field or court to see her great-grandchildren play.

What attributes of your mother do you strive to have in your own life and why? 

Cathy: She loves all of us unconditionally, so I always try to do the same thing with my own children. Mother never complains or wants to be a burden to her family, and she always tries to be positive. I pray that I can always be just as positive and uncomplaining to my children and grandchildren.

Connie: I learned a lot of leadership skills from her. Her generosity of time devoted to her family has always been amazing. No matter how busy I am in my job, I try to make time to participate in what the nieces, nephews and “greats” are doing. I want all of them to feel the same family support that I have always felt. 

If you could tell the world anything about your mother what would it be? 

Both: Our mother always speaks her mind, even when we wish she wouldn’t! But her belief in honesty as the best policy has served her well and has set a model for us. She expects the best from us and her unconditional love has helped us all as we strive to do our best in all things. She loves each of us differently but equally well, including her third “daughter,” our sister-in-law, Lulu. She misses our brother Bill incredibly but relies on faith in God to carry her through difficult times. She is amazing! 

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