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A Tribute to Our Mothers

Updated on October 7, 2015
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Ruth, aka Elayne Kongaika, was raised in the orchard town of Orem, Utah. She married a Polynesian boy and has had amazing travel experiences

Both my husband's mother and my mother died the same year, 2007. Both of them had sacrificed all of their lives to take care of those around them.

My mother, Carol, had a beautiful soprano voice, and she was a featured soloist in her choir in high school. She sometimes sang duets with her father. She was raised in a small town in Sanpete County, Utah. She loved ice skating, dancing, and singing. She met my father at a dance. Once she was married, mother developed her talents of cooking. She made the best pies, tomato soup cake, raisin-filled cookies, and other baked goods. She also enjoyed beautifying her home, painting ceramics, doing embroidery and other handwork. Mother lovingly cared for her own mother and her mother-in-law in their latter years and sacrificing her own health in doing so.

Here is a poem I shared at my mother's funeral:

As I reflect on the times that I remember her best,

it seems she was always enduring a test.

Of a life changing moment a love one had faced

or the choice of a path that was taken in haste.

She watched all her children,

as each found their way,

and each of the four knew where their place lay.

In the heart and the mind of a woman who knew

each child was a flower with its own special hue.

She left us too early, but she's not really gone,

as she's in all of us, so her beauty goes on.

And the wisdom and humor she showed through her days

is in each of us and displayed many ways.

She lives on in her children and in their children as well,

and all the great grands the uniqueness we'll tell.

Of this very special person with a heart full of love

who left with us memories and thoughts from above.


Her passing left the world a little less colorful and a lot less interesting. But even in grief, we know we are so lucky to have had this loving woman in our lives, and now in our hearts forever.

Video I made for the funeral of my mother, Carol

My husband's mother, Luisa, was half Caucasian and half Tongan. She was a beautiful lady with many gifts. She could sew, cook, dance and always had a smile on her face. Besides her eight natural children, she took care of many other children who consider her their mother. She and her husband served several missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She also worked as a dorm mother at Liahona High School in Tonga.

When we lived in Tonga, I would often leave my children with Luisa and Vili, her husband. I was often surprised when I returned to pick up the children only to find she had sewn them new outfits. She was an excellent seamstress and would sew without patterns. She would also bake cakes and then decorate them beautifully. She lived most of her life in Tonga until her husband passed away after which she remained in the United States, living with her children and their families.

Video I made of my mother-in-law Luisa

Her children rise up and call her blessed: her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all. ~ Proverbs 31:28-29

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates. ~ Proverbs 31:30-31

I shall never forget my mother, for it was she who planted and nurtured the first seeds of good within me. ~ Immanuel Kant

Beauty is God's handwriting. ~ Charles Kingsley

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. ~ Storm Jameson

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her. ~ George Washington.

Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. ~ Plato

There is an enduring tenderness in the love of a mother. ~ Washington Irving

The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. ~ W.R. Wallace

From A - Z, a mother is an: administrator, baker, counselor, diplomat, efficiency expert, friend, gardener, home economist, inspirationalist, judge, kitchen authority, leader, mediator, nurturer, organizer, pedagogue, quality analyst, recreation leader, spiritual director, teacher, umpire, vacation planner, willing worker, holiday activities director, youth playground supervisor and a zest-filled encourager.

Sayings and quotes from Mother, I Love You by Helen Steiner Rice.


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  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    So happy that you came over joaniemb. I appreciate your comments on my mothers' hub.

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    joaniemb 

    8 years ago from New York

    Great hub. Very nice tribute to both Moms. I really enjoyed this. Thank you for sharing with me.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad you stopped by BeBrown. I'm glad you appreciated my hub tribute to our mothers.

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    BeBrown 

    8 years ago

    A very nice hub, thoughtfully put together. Thank you.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Isileli Tupou for your visit and glad you enjoyed it.

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    Isileli Tupou 

    8 years ago

    You brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart as you shared those fond and unforgettable memories of angel mothers such as these lovely mothers. They must be happy looking over you and your children. Cheers

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I am so happy that you stopped by pmccray and drbj to check out my tribute to my motherse. Thanks so much for the comments. Aloha!

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    drbj and sherry 

    8 years ago from south Florida

    Elayne - this is a lovely, heartfelt hub and somewhere your mother and your nother-in-law feel your love and the glorious memories.

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    pmccray 

    8 years ago from Utah

    What an awesome tribute, I love the poem. Your mom and mother-in-law left you with some great feelings and memories. Rated up!!

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    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Lgali. I appreciate your comments on my tribute hub.

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    Lgali 

    8 years ago

    A wonderful tribute very nice hub

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks JannyC and Butterfly Lady for visiting my tribute to our mothers. I appreciate your sympathetic comments.

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    Butterfly Lady 

    8 years ago from Broken Arrow, OK

    Beautifully done. I, too, know the heartache of loosing a mother. We always have her in our hearts. She is part of us in everyway and lives with us daily in everything we do. We as mothers have the most rewarding job and,too, the most exhausting job in the universe. We thank you for the tribute and feel your love.

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    JannyC 

    8 years ago

    Beautiful *wipes a tear*

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thank you for commenting hubbers. I truly appreciate your coming by to share with me my feelings about our mothers.

    @aley - beautiful thoughts!

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    HealthyHanna 

    8 years ago from Utah

    Beautiful! Inspiring!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    What a beautifully written story about two wonderful women. It is sad to have lost her so early. You wrote a wonderful tribute. God Bless

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    Alice Lee Martin 

    8 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

    Your tribute to both your "mothers" was heartfelt. Yesterday would have been my mothers 90th birthday. She died at 68. y mother-in-law died age 68 as well.We only have them such a short time, but they stay in our hearts forever. I want to share with you my favorite poem for both my mother-in-laws, my father and my brother who died in 2007. God bless you.

    Do not stand at my grave and weep,

    I am not there, I do not sleep.

    (1) I am a thousand winds that blow.

    I am the diamond glint on snow.

    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

    I am the gentle autumn rain.

    (2) When you wake in the morning hush,

    I am the swift, uplifting rush

    Of quiet birds in circling flight.

    I am the soft starlight at night.

    Do not stand at my grave and weep.

    I am not there, I do not sleep.

    (Do not stand at my grave and cry.

    I am not there, I did not die!)

    by Mary Frye

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Ann Nonymous. Glad that you stopped by and commented.

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    Ann Nonymous 

    8 years ago from Virginia

    Wonderful and beautiful piece, Elayne. The more time i spend with my mom the more i see a woman worth emulating...Thanks for the excellent and heartfelt hub!

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    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks LianaK for your comments. You have a beautiful little girl!

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    LianaK 

    8 years ago

    Those were both beautiful slide shows. Thank you so much for sharing these women with us.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I appreciate your comments in regards to my Mother's Day Tribute. I can never repay my mother for all she did for me. Aloha!

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    A wonderful tribute. Thank you for sharing.

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    Laurel Rogers 

    8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

    These two women were obviously so very loved and cherished, Elayne. I am honored to read this. Your poem was lovely, very heartfelt.

    I, too, will miss my mother this year. Now it's our turn to be the 'matriarchs!'

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    BkCreative 

    8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

    Lovely! As I get much older I better realize all the sacrifices mothers make just to keep the most basic needs of our life provided for - and they often do it alone. If we stop to think how much time, energy, preparation, goes in to preparing daily meals, thousands of times - and being the family nutritionist - well, we see now why women can barely fit it into their schedule today - it can be a full time job.

    I am looking forward to the day when mothers do not also have to take a vow of abject poverty to have a child - as in the US where there are no paid maternity benefits like other so-called advanced nations. And healthy breastfeeding will no longer be discouraged. Sigh! Ah, yes. I thank all mothers!

    Lovely tribute!

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