Readers share why their mothers are special

May 10, 2014 

Editor’s note: We asked readers to tell us about what makes their mom special. Here’s a sampling of what they said. Responses are in readers’ own words but edited for clarity.

“Our mama, Betty Jean Laidler, is the most amazing woman. She raised me and my sister by herself as she and my dad divorced in 1979. Although money was short and times were really hard, she managed to take us on a vacation every summer. We’d go camping, to Six Flags or to the beach. She would whoop our butts if we didn’t clean our room. She’d whoop us if we came in past curfew. She would whoop us if we didn’t say ‘Ma’am’ or ‘Yes, Ma’am’ or ‘No, Ma’am.’ She used to look in a field while driving down the road and say, “Look at that pretty tree,” to any old oak standing alone. She would sing the wrong words to songs, really thinking she was right and make us laugh with tears rolling down our faces. We got lost one time in Florida looking for a building called Suit 22; not Suite 22! Now when she does something funny, we look at her, shake our heads and say, “Suit 22, Mama! Suit 22!” Then, she kindly tells us to kiss her butt. She is loving, encouraging, funny, full of life and will cuss you out all in one minute. She is the greatest.”

-- Kristy Faulk, of Cochran

“My mom, Estella Rogers Prince Sealey, was amazing for her accomplishments but also the adversities she faced and overcame as a black woman. She was in the military during World War II, became Airman of the Week and obtained the rank of corporal. She was a college graduate and was promoted to freight rate specialist supervisor at Robins Air Force Base during the early 1970s. At 43 she became a widow with two children but paid for a home and raised them alone proudly. She drove children to Sunday school every Sunday and was a proud and faithful believer. She is my hero.”

-- Patsy Prince

“For Easter in 2012, my selfless mom, Maxine Streb, flew from Ohio to visit us in Georgia and see her second great-granddaughter for the first time. Why selfless? Mom was sick with leukemia at the time and did not tell any of us while here for her visit. After Mom flew home to Ohio, I received a phone call that would change my life forever. Mom was in the hospital, and I needed to come. My sweet mother never complained one time while she waited for the angels to come. On May 23, 2012, five days after her 82nd birthday, she went to be with the love of her life, my dad. I miss her every day and hope that I can be half the woman she was during her lifetime.”

-- Ann Shaw, of Gray

“Marette Willodean Fair, my sweet and precious mom, passed away recently from pancreatic cancer but was the greatest mom on Earth. As the mother of four kids, she supported us and encouraged us beyond measure. She was a true example of a loving, caring and wonderful mother and wife. Not only did she teach us to love everyone and to respect everyone, she demonstrated this daily in her life. She supported my wonderful father while he was in Vietnam, and after he was killed in an horrific accident while cutting down a tree at a local church, she continued to press on. She fought hard against her cancer and even worked as superintendent of Twiggs County elections the entire time she was sick. She kept her faith, her smile and her glowing personality even in the midst of her failing health. She loved the Lord and is now with him forevermore.”

-- Patty Wynne, of Jeffersonville

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