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A Tribute to Mother

Updated on February 17, 2014
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Annette Sharp holds a BAAS in Behavioral Science from Texas A&M. She is a counselor and motivator with an empathetic heart.

Mom's Glamour Photo: in college.
Mom's Glamour Photo: in college.

My Tribute to Mom

She was born on Christmas day in 1928. Eighty years later, Mom died on March 25, 2009 after a long fight with Multiple Myeloma. She never gave up. I thought I would share and celebrate the life of a truly beautiful woman. She was not only beautuful on the outside, but on the inside as well.

Her devotion to her Faith and family were the key traits to her success. That's why I never gave up the good fight myself! So as I share this pictorial history of Mom, think about your mother and remember the good things about her. After all, everyone has/had a mother!

Mom In School Days
Mom In School Days

Little Girl from Quanah, TX who Grew Up!

I assume this was taken while she was

still in high school.

Doesn't she reflect

the times?

Mom was quite a looker.

She retained her good looks until

the last two years she was on

this earth.  She stayed in

contact with her school friends

until the end.

The Quanah Girls


Mom In High School
Mom In High School

School Days in World War II

Mom remembered when

Pearl Harbor was bombed.

She talked about it from

time to time. She also remembers

the Depression Era of the 1930s.

After all, she was a child then,

growing up in a dusty little town

in West Texas.

She told me about a little boy who

showed up at their home with a cut

foot.  They doctored and fed him,

then he went on his way, never to

be seen again.

Mom and Dad On Their Way to a Dance at College
Mom and Dad On Their Way to a Dance at College

Mom & Dad Met in College

Mom said she had a class with Dad

while they were in college at

Texas Tech in Lubbock. She said

she finished a test and walked into the

hallway. She turned to him and said,

"That sure was a hard test!!" And that's

how they met. They dated for two years

before they got married. She said Dad was

quite a charmer back then. He loved to

party, but Mom was more reserved and

never drank a drop of alcohol.

Mom On Her Wedding Day
Mom On Her Wedding Day

Mom & Dad got Married

They waited until

after graduation to marry.

After the wedding,

Mom said they stopped

at a diner called the

'Rabbit Ear Cafe'.

Don't know where it

was, but it was somewhere

in West Texas. Don't they make

a handsome couple?

They had good looking

kids, too!! Ha-ha!

Mom With My Older Sister in the Mid Fifties
Mom With My Older Sister in the Mid Fifties

Mom in the Fifties

Here she is with her first-born,

my older sister. She

was born in 1954. Looks like she's

headed to a pot-luck dinner.

I was conceived around this time.

Look at the suit she's wearing.

Baby Boomers, remember those?

Dad was an architect.

Mom taught school until my sister

was born. Then she stayed home

to raise us. I was born in 1958, my

brother in 1961. We were all

Boomers, raised middle class

in a traditional American

neighborhood. We played

outside and Mom called us in

for lunch and supper, just

like calling in the cows!!!

Our Whole Family Together. A Rare Occurance.
Our Whole Family Together. A Rare Occurance.

Family Portrait in the 1960s

Here we are assembled at

 my grandmothers on

Thanksgiving or Christmas. 

We rarely did things as

a complete family, but I

thought it was normal. 

Mom Getting off the Boat in the Bahamas
Mom Getting off the Boat in the Bahamas

Mom in the Bahamas!

Talk about Bahama Mama!!

She looks like a

peppermint in this dress.

But she was absolutely


 I remember it well!

When they went on this trip,

I missed my Mommy so bad!

She brought me some cool

souvenirs. I looked forward

to that!

Mom in Her Teaching Days
Mom in Her Teaching Days

Mom When She Started Teaching Again

Mom went back to work

teaching in 1969. 

It was a difficult time for

us to adjust to a working

Mom.  She taught third grade

for many years before she

retired.  All her students

remember her as the nicest teacher

they ever had.

My Mother Aged Gracefully
My Mother Aged Gracefully

Here's How I Best Remember Her

Mom was always supportive.

Almost always. She never

hesitated to correct me in

some way. Maybe that's why

I looked for her approval so

much!  But it was all good.

Wish I would have listened

to everything!

Mom With Her Sister, Kathryn
Mom With Her Sister, Kathryn

Mom and Her Older Sister

Mom always said,

"She was the pretty one,

I was the funny one".

Yeah, Mom was

the funny one, for sure.

I think they're both


Taken Right Before Mom Got Really Sick
Taken Right Before Mom Got Really Sick

Before Mom Got Sick

I'm not going to talk about the illness.

Mom died from Multilple Myeloma,

bone marrow cancer. She survived

nearly 5 years. This is one of

her best pictures before she got

sick. Still looking good!!  She continued

teaching a Sunday School class until

she was too sick to continue.  Thank

God for adversity!


A list of sayings Mom left as part of her legacy.

"Let's talk about roses.. "You don't need that!" "Tomorrow will be better".

"Oh, poo-doodle!" "We're off like a herd of turtles and a bucket of buttermilk!"

Think about your mother today. No, it's not Mother's Day. It doesn't have to be. Think of it as every day being Mom's day!

Tribute To Momma Dot


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      Tami Fite 5 years ago

      a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman.... God bless you!

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      NiaLee 5 years ago from BIG APPLE

      Thanks for sharing. She is a beautiful person inside out indeed. Her smile is so beautiful that I smiled back feeling the love and the life. You are blessed to have had such a great mom and she is blessed to have such a child.

      Love and peace to all

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      Diana Mendes 6 years ago

      What a beautiful tribute to your Mother! Very touching. Your mother was very beautiful as I see in the photos. I lost my mother on the 27th of April this year & I miss her a lot. Your hub brought back lovely memories of her. Thank you & God bless you.

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      burning bush 7 years ago

      She even looks like my Mother. What a wonderful tribute and such nice memories. My Mom died in 2008 at the age of 81. She endured so much while getting radiation treatments. As much as I would like to forget, your hub inspired many nice memories for me as well. Thank you.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      Your Mom looks stunning even in her advanced years. Her smiling photos just reveal a woman of good breeding. For you to give her this tribute makes you your Mom's daughter. Congratulations for lavishing love on your Mom.

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      Sholley 8 years ago

      What a beautiful story about your mom! I really enjoyed the photos that you included. She was indeed a beautiful woman. Always hold those memories close in your heart and mind because it's those things that she lives through. I realized that as long as I remember my mother, then she will live through me.

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      Ladybird33 8 years ago from Fabulous USA

      A wonderful tribute to your mother, this is a great idea. Just perfect, thank you for sharing! Very touching!

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      samboiam 8 years ago from Texas

      This is a lovely tribute to your mom. Would you mind if I linked this to a hub I am doing about my mother?

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      stephensaldana 8 years ago from Chicago

      A very heart touching tribute to your mom... everyone loves their mom and it becomes difficult for some to express and some do it very easily.. I never did.. :) but still I love her.. good job!

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      cheaptrick 8 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      I Hate it when I get emotional but the pay off here is that I can see so much of your mom in you sweetie.I now understand why you give so much of your self to others.

      She was a beauty and so are you.



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      zzron 8 years ago from Houston, TX.

      I'm sorry for your loss, your mom was a very beautiful person. I too have a hub like this about my mom. This was very sweet.

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      heart4theword 8 years ago from hub

      Your mom was so pretty, stayed looking young as she got older:) A copy of the hub, should be past down to the generations in your family:) Great Tribute!

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      mwatkins 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Thank you for a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to mothers. Mine meant the same to me and she passed of a broken heart when my dad died 12 years ago. I still feel her hand on my hand telling me how proud she was of me and I still hear her voice singing to us. Thank you. I feel so touched by your beautiful story.

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      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 8 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      She is beautiful. Beautiful memories to cling on to. God bless you. Take care.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      What a wnoderful tribute to your mother and for sharing your story about her. I can see that she is was loved deeply and she is truy missed. (((Big Hugs)))

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      frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

      Yes, your Mom was beautiful inside and out. Thank you for sharing your honorable heart and heritage with us!

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      Art 4 Life 8 years ago from in the middle of nowhere....

      What a wonderful tribute to your mom....I remember her as a teacher..she was a great woman, it's great you have so many memories... Many hugs to you...

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      Coolmon2009 8 years ago from Texas, USA

      What a wonderful article !! I lost my mom back in 2004; this article brings back many pleasant memories of my mother.Thank you for this hub :)

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      nadp 8 years ago from WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

      Great!!!!! It was like a walk down memory lane for me, and she wasn't even my mother! She was beautiful - nice to have such warm memories.

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      susanlang 8 years ago

      I loved the photo of your mom holding a bowl of something she cooked up I would assume, and your sister next to her. I remember my mom cooking and baking and then she took it over to her friends house as a kind jesture. Boy, those days are long gone! Not many have time to do that anymore. Annette, this tribute to your mother shines with the light of love. She was a beautiful person and her beauty rubbed off on you in so many ways! May I say I can see some of your father's features, when I'm looking at your photo Annette? I wonder if anyone else said that? Thank you for sharing so much of your personal family photo's with us, a mother's love is truly forever and your tribute to her is beautiful!

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      ladyjane1 8 years ago from Texas

      Wonderful hub for your mother. And you are right she stayed beautiful til the end. Blessings.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      This is a wonderful tribute to your Mum and you made her very proud. Thank you for sharing.

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      50 Caliber 8 years ago from Arizona

      Spectacular presentation of a lovely woman and mother, I enjoyed reading it. God Bless

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      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful mother. I feel Like I know her and I thank you.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      This touched my heart and made my eyes misty. I love the way you show photos of your mom from a young age until she got older, it made your hub come alive and touched my emotions. Beautiful tribute!

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      This was an absoulety touching and beautiful tribute to your beautiful (inside and out) mother donotfear. You had me in tears.

      Your tribute impresses on my heart just how important our dear mothers are. I still have my mother with me, but this is a needed reminder to treasure and cherish every minute with her.

      Bless you Donotfear! - You truly inspire me.

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      maven101 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Lovely and heartfelt tribute to your precious Mom...Her beautiful smile speaks volumes about her inner beauty as well...She had a long and well-loved were most fortunate to have her all these years....I miss my Mom, even today, at 72, as I lost her much too early when I was 12...Thank you for this...Larry