Monday, December 3, 2012

Tribute To A Great Lady


On the way to my mother’s memorial service in the car, I said to my brother Tom, “Let’s think of this as a celebration of a life rather than a bleak and sad funeral because that’s how Mom would have wanted it.”

To say that I miss my mother is an understatement.

I miss her dearly because I feel the void of her physical presence and our daily telephone conversations. But honestly I don’t feel sad for her. I feel extremely content.

My mother exited her physical form exactly as she wished.

In peace.

She left this earth with a smile on her face, while looking into the eyes of her son.

And it’s ironic because one of her all-time favorite songs was, “Smile” by Nat King Cole.

It’s hard for me to express all that I feel presently, because this experience is still being processed and needs the gift of time.

But I'm doing well.

(thank you all for your comments, emails and cards of concern and care)

I know in future posts, I will be sharing more about the life-changing growth and insights I’ve learned through the passing of my mother.

Yet in the meantime, I would like to share a video I put together as a tribute to the greatest lady I ever knew.

No matter who met, Ann, they instantly loved her because she had a way of putting people at ease and making them feel extremely comfortable in her company.

She epitomized the word love.

She openly gave love. Therefore, was loved in return.

She was also extremely loyal and charitable.

If she was your friend, there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for you.

She even gave to total strangers.

She offered herself 100%.

This video pretty much sums up the essence of what my mother’s life contributed to this world.

Heart Smiles.

Enjoy…



If you have trouble viewing the video, go here.

75 Comments:

  1. Oh Ron, that was such a beautiful tribute to your mom! I can feel the love! Having just been through this with my father, I can relate to what you are feeling. Hugs to you my friend...xo Jeanne

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  2. Good morning my dear friend,

    You have been truly blessed in your lifetime to have Ruth Ann as your Mom. Yout tribute was so beautiful; I feel privileged to have been touched by Ruth Ann's grace,beauty and love through your wonderful video and your words.

    I know that everything is still fresh and you are far from having experienced the full extent of your emotions.
    I remember the total shock when my Dad passed away. It took me a long time to be able to address myself to him spontaneously and even to say "I love you, Dad".

    Your Mom's love continues to live on. Our loved ones are as close as a thought or a prayer.

    Hang in there at work. I will have to agree that it is not the easiest period to come back home to and have to jump back into. But, I think that your co-workers are going to give you lots of love.You will meet wonderful customers and maybe some funny ones that will make you feel good.

    We love you tons, babe.
    xoxo
    B & D



    I love you tons, babe.



    I love you tons, babe.

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  3. Good morning, Ron. I'm finding it difficult to see through wet eyes. Your mother was so beautiful, in the true sense of the word, and I did so enjoy seeing her through the various stages of her life. Your video was a wonderful tribute.


    Hope things are going reasonably smoothly for you right now. Hugs from me x

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  4. Wow. A powerful post. Your mother must have been a very special lady. A good mother is a treasure above all others in this world. My mom left about 18 years ago and I still miss her very much!

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  5. What a beautiful post, Ron! The video is such a fabulous tribute to this wonderful woman with all those beautiful photos. Nat King Cole's rendition of "Smile" is a fabulous choice--it was one of my mom's favorite songs, too! I know your mom is very proud of you. This is a tremendous celebration of her life! Take care, buddy, and I wishing you all the best!

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  6. What a gorgeous lady, inside and out. Thank you for sharing the song and pictures with us. Thinking of you and your brother everyday, Ron.

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  7. Dear Ron,


    A true 'celebration' of your beautiful and beloved Mom's life. A Mother's love for her children is one of the most precious things in life... I do believe. I'm sorry for the loss of your mom, Ron.. my blessings to you your and your family and all who knew and loved her.. She was lucky to have you and your brother as family... and she will live in your heart... I know, because my mom does.
    Take care and peace be with you... Leesa

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  8. Dianne WilsonDecember 03, 2012

    I can smile while crying
    the video is exceptional Ron
    an amazing gift to anyone who has lost someone they love
    it's comforting and joyful
    Mom was a beautiful person - inside and out
    and I imagine her energy as a warm breeze that now and then gusts and makes the trees dance
    love you
    hugs from me and Hope

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  9. The video isn't loading currently so I'll try again after work.

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  10. Truly a lovely tribute to a fabulous woman. You were very blessed to have such a wonderful mother.

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  11. Hiya Jeff~

    Sorry about that, buddy.

    When you stop back, if it still doesn't load, here's the link on You Tube.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KQXARk7g_qo



    Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!


    X

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  12. Good morning Jeann~

    Thank you, dear lady. It gave me great joy to share this tribute.

    " Having just been through this with my father, I can relate to what you are feeling."



    ((((( You )))))


    Yes, I know you know.


    Thank you for stopping by, Jeanne. Wishing you and the girlz a super week!


    X to you and the girlz!

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  13. Bonjour Barb~

    Yes, I have been truly blessed in my lifetime to have Ruth-Ann as my Mom. And this is why I think of this as a celebration of a life that gave the world so much.

    "Your Mom's love continues to live on. Our loved ones are as close as a thought or a prayer."

    Thank you, dear friend. And you're absolutely right, her love does continue to live on in my heart.

    "Hang in there at work. I will have to agree that it is not the easiest period to come back home to and have to jump back into. But, I think that your co-workers are going to give you lots of love.You will meet wonderful customers and maybe some funny ones that will make you feel good."



    It's actually been a joy to go back to work and be surrounded by all the love and care that my co-workers have shared with me through this. They have supported me tremendously. And it's the same with my brother and his work. Practically everyone he works with showed up at my mother's memorial. It was so touching.


    Thank you for stopping by, Barb. And for your love and support.


    (((((( You ))))))


    Have a marvi week!


    X to and D!

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  14. Goooooood morning Valerie~


    Thank you for your sweet words, dear lady.


    (((( You ))))


    I knew I wanted to put together a memorial video of my mother while I was still in Florida, so I went through all our family photos and found the ones I wanted to use - from her childhood to adulthood. It gave me great joy to put this together.


    Yes, things are going well for me right now. I know that my grieving will come in stages, but for now I feel content and at peace.


    Thanks for stopping by and for all your loving support through this time. You're a sweetheart!


    Have a fabu week!
    X

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  15. Hey there Lowell~

    Thank you. It gave me great joy to share this tribute to my mother.

    "A good mother is a treasure above all others in this world."

    You said it, buddy. And I feel SO blessed to have had her as my mother.

    "My mom left about 18 years ago and I still miss her very much!"



    And I know I will always miss mine as well.


    Thank you for stopping by and for your support, sir. So glad to have met you.


    Have a terrific week!


    X

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  16. What a beautiful video, Ron. A very touching tribute to your mom. Somewhere, I am sure, she is indeed still smiling.


    Much peace and love to you.

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  17. Hey there Rob~

    Thank you, buddy. Last night, right before I published this post, I could actually feel my mother around me. I said, "This is for you, dear lady!"



    Thank you so much for all your support and care, Rob. You're a true pal!


    ((((( You )))))


    Have a supa' week!


    X

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  18. Good morning Bijoux~


    Aw...thank you. I was so proud to have her as my mother.


    You are so welcome. It was a joy to share this video tribute with you all.


    Thank you so much for all the love, support and care you've given me and my family these past 6 months.


    ((((( You )))))


    Have a wonderful week, my friend......X

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  19. Good morning Suzi~


    Thank you, my friend.


    ((((( You )))))


    And yes, I was VERY blessed to have such a wonderful mother.


    Thanks for all your care, love and support during this time. Thank you.


    Have a fabulous week!

    X

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  20. Good morning Lady Dianne~

    *crying while reading your touching comment*

    "an amazing gift to anyone who has lost someone they love

    it's comforting and joyful."

    Thank you for sharing that because that's what I was hoping this video would express. Comfort and joy.

    "and I imagine her energy as a warm breeze that now and then gusts and makes the trees dance"



    That's soooooooooooooo beautiful!


    (((((( You )))))


    I can't thank you enough for all your care, support and love that you've shared with my family and I these past 6 months.


    Thank you.


    X and hugs to you and Hope!


    P.S. have a terrific week!

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  21. Bonjour Leesa~

    "A true 'celebration' of your beautiful and beloved Mom's life. A Mother's love for her children is one of the most precious things in life... I do believe."

    Thank you. And yes...I believe that too. A mother's love for her children is one of the most precious things in life.

    "... and she will live in your heart... I know, because my mom does."



    Amen.


    (((((( You )))))


    Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet and caring words. Thank you!


    Have a wonderful week, Leesa!


    X

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  22. Well, I'm sitting at my desk at work crying my eyes out. Ron, this tribute to your mother is so beautiful. I could feel who your mother was through the video. Not only was she a gorgeous woman on the outside, but inside as well.


    I know she looks down at you and smiles.


    Thank you for sharing this whole experience with us here. I feel your loss with you, but I also feel your contentment.


    Have a wonderful week, Ron...xo

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  23. Howdy Mark~


    Thank you for your touching and sweet words, buddy.


    (((( You ))))


    And thanks for ALL the support, care and concern you've shared with my family and I these past 6 months. It helped tremendously.


    Have a faaaaaaaabulous week!


    X to you and Tara!

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  24. Hola Denise~

    Last night, right before I published this post, I cried too because I could actually feel my mother's energy around me.

    "I know she looks down at you and smiles."



    ((((( You ))))


    Thank you for sharing that, girl.


    And thank you for your constant support, prayers and love during these past 6 months, because it helped not only me. but my mother as well. I know it did.


    Have a grrrrrrrreat week!


    X

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  25. Ron, I can't tell you how much this tribute touched my heart. The video brought tears to my eyes because I could feel your mother. What a beautiful lady she was. I know she's very proud this post and you as well.


    Know that her love will be with you....forever.


    Thank you for sharing this with us, Ron. It was both touching and uplifting.

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  26. Hiya Robert~

    Thank you, bud. It was an honor to share this tribute with you all. Everyone here has been such a tremendous support, not only for me, but for my mother and family as well. So, you're all a big part of this experience.

    "Know that her love will be with you....forever."

    (((( You ))))

    Thank you!

    Always terrific seeing you. Thanks a bunch for stopping by and have a great week!

    X

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  27. Wow, your mother was such a beautiful lady, Ron! I love that first photo of her. And the video clip was truly touching. I could tell from watching, that your mother was a very special person. You can see it in her eyes and smile.


    As others have shared here, I know your mother is still smiling.


    Peace to you and your brother.

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  28. Hey there Matt~

    Thank you for your touching words, buddy.

    That first photo was taken of my mother when she was only 19 or 20 years old. And the funny thing about it was that when she took that photo, she had forgotten about her appointment with the photographer. So, when she came home from work that day, my grandmother told her hurry up and get ready because she had to have her picture taken. My mother always said she was amazed that the photo came out so well because she threw on her makeup and did her hair in such a rush.

    "As others have shared here, I know your mother is still smiling."



    Thank you.


    (((( You )))


    And thanks for all your support and care these past 6 months.


    Have a wonderful week, Matt!
    X

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  29. Ron, Oh Ron,
    Boy what a wonderful tribute! Your love for your mother sings out and soothes all of us who have viewed this clip. I know that you will miss her physical presence yet you have grasped the true feeling of what love is all about. As the sun continues to light the sky you will always have your mothers love to comfort your soul.
    Blessings to a good friend whom I have never seen.

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  30. oh ron...what a sweet, bitter sweet, emotional and loving tribute for your mother. i hope someday when the day does come, my sons have this kind of feeling for me. i am bawling my heart out. my mother and i are not close-estranged is a better word-and she is growing frail. i don't know what to do but.... this is just amazing...you are one lucky man, my dear and i know you know it.


    omg, this is a killer... sweet you, be at peace, she is always beside you and will be now more than before as she is no longer limited by these bodies we carry around....omg, the last scene with you just kills me. xoxoxo :~)

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  31. What an amazing, loving and touching tribute to your mom. What a looker! Ohmygosh--and some of those photos are just priceless--coulda been and maybe were professional. I adore the one of her at the mirror--what an amazing shot. And what a cute couple the two of them made.....wow she musta had her hands filled in a very good way.


    At peace, at home...in the arms of an angel--whatever your belief..... I'd like to think she and that good lookin' man of hers are reunited and having a grand reunion. I seem to remember her having some connection to him in the later days......taking the walk with her, I'd like to think.


    I'd be lying if I didn't admit to getting emotional over both the photo at the start and the clip at the end. My goodness what a gorgeous creature....and what a loving thing to do that you can draw from whenever there's a desire. I'm hopeful that you and the brother will both have access to this video to watch. But bigger than that, beyond the tune that'll make you nostaligic and the photos to make you grin (how could you NOT with that alligator! LOL), I know there's this huge bit in your hearts to delve into and to draw from. Some of that'll be hard--and some of it will be absolutely joyful.


    ((((((((((((((( Ron ))))))))))))))))
    She loved well.
    And boy was she well loved........

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  32. Hey there Mr. Dave~

    Thank you, buddy. I really enjoyed putting this video tribute together. It was like therapy to select the photos and then add the music, and then watch it. Because it reminded me of why I was so blessed to have this lady as my mother. She truly epitomized the word LOVE.

    "As the sun continues to light the sky you will always have your mothers love to comfort your soul."



    Beautiful, Dave. And thank you for sharing that!


    ((((( You )))))


    Thank you for your support, care, concern and Reiki. Because it truly made this experience a peaceful one. And not only for my family and I, but also my mother.


    Have a terrific week, my Libra friend!

    X

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  33. Hello there Linda~

    Thank you so much for your loving comment.

    Yes, it is bitter sweet. I feel the loss of her physical presence deeply, but she left behind a legacy of great memories and LOVE. Her imprint will also be on my heart.

    It's exactly as you shared....

    "she is always beside you and will be now more than before as she is no longer limited by these bodies we carry around."

    Amen!

    "i hope someday when the day does come, my sons have this kind of feeling for me."



    They sure will, dear friend. Because you love. And are loved!


    Thank you for all your support and care through these past 6 months.


    Thank you!


    (((((((((((( You ))))))))))


    xoxoxoxo


    Have a fabu week!

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  34. Hiya Mel!

    Thank you. So glad you enjoyed this tribute because I truly had a wonderful time putting it together. It was like 'soulful therapy.'

    " I adore the one of her at the mirror--what an amazing shot."

    It so ironic you said that because that's one of my FAVORITE photos of her because she looks so beautiful - almost ethereal.

    My other favorite photo is the one of she and my brother dancing. OMG...it brings tears to my eyes every time I look at it because you can FEEL the love.

    "I'd like to think she and that good lookin' man of hers are reunited and having a grand reunion."

    You said it! She is now reunited with my father and having a grand reunion. And you're right, she did have a connection to him during the last few days of her life. Almost as if he was helping her make the transition.

    "I'm hopeful that you and the brother will both have access to this video to watch.'

    Yes, as a matter of fact, my brother called me earlier today and said that he watched the video and loved it.

    " I know there's this huge bit in your hearts to delve into and to draw from. Some of that'll be hard--and some of it will be absolutely joyful."

    I'm just taking one day at a time; allowing myself to feel everything as I move through this. Moment by moment.

    "She loved well.And boy was she well loved........"

    A-MEN!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your beautiful comment, dear lady. And thank you, also, for all your care, concern, prayers and love that you've shared with my mother, brother and I through these past 6 months. It was of great support.

    ((((((((((((( You )))))))))))

    X ya!

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  35. Wow!!! That was absolutely beautiful. You can bet she's watching over you and smiling knowing how you feel about her.

    Just when I was ready to shed a tear up came the photo of her with the alligator nipping at her hinny, PRICELESS.!

    I'm sure there were plenty of smiles and tears mixed together as you put this together. I know I absolutely love going through old photographs, because of all the memories they bring up.

    Well done my good man, your mom was a true gem.

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  36. Excellent Tribute to a Wonderful Lady Ron, Your love for her will keep her memory alive my Friend and you are so right the gift of time is what you need to comprehend and accept this chapter of your life.


    I look forward to hearing more about her in the future.

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  37. I was glad to see that lovely video, so thank you for sharing. And the words in the song sure are true. I can picture you back at work, humming it and pausing to think of a few memories.

    I've thought of you many times, Ron. I know you are doing okay, because you know your dear mom is okay, her spirit is free. But, I also know you will have many sad days too. I still do. This week will be 13 years since my dad passed. *sigh* And I noticed that your mom was born on the day my mom passed, 9/26.

    Where were your parents in the photo where she had the crown on? He sure was 'smiling' at his beauty queen!

    Loved all the pictures in the video.

    Much love and big {{HUGS}} sent your way!

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  38. Hey there Jeff~

    Aw, thanks, buddy. I could actually feel my mother around me last night, just before I published this post.

    "Just when I was ready to shed a tear up came the photo of her with the alligator nipping at her hinny, PRICELESS.!"

    HA! Isn't that photo priceless? My father took that of her while on their Honeymoon in Florida.

    "I'm sure there were plenty of smiles and tears mixed together as you put this together."

    You bet, there were lots of smiles and tears while putting this together over the past couple of days. Especially when I added one of her favorite songs...Smile. It made the tribute complete.



    Thanks for stopping back, buddy. And thanks for your support and care during this time. You're a pal!


    Have a faaaaaaaabulous week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    X

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  39. Howdy Jimmy~

    Thank you, buddy!


    ((((( You )))))

    "Your love for her will keep her memory alive."



    So true! Love is the one thing that's everlasting!


    So many wonderful things happened to both my brother and I during those 10 days I spent in Florida. I will be sharing them in the future.


    Thanks soooooooo much for all the care, concern, prayers, and support you and Cindy gave during these past 6 months. It helped me and my family move through this with grace and peace.


    Have a super week!


    X to you and Miss Cindy!

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  40. What a gorgeous portrait of your mo and I absolutely loved the video tribute. I know she will be deeply missed but what a blessing to have had her as your mother.

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  41. Oh, Ron!!!!!!! I just LOVE you SO MUCH.

    And I am glad to know she went peacefully, but I am still crying over that video.

    I am happy to hear you're holding up so well - but my offer still stands. Please feel free to call me ANYTIME day or night, if you ever need to talk.

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  42. Hey there Mary~

    You are so welcome, my friend. And thank YOU for stopping by to view it!

    " I can picture you back at work, humming it and pausing to think of a few memories."

    OMG...how ironic you said that because that's EXACTLY what I've been doing these past two days - humming that song and pausing to think of a few memories!

    "I know you are doing okay, because you know your dear mom is okay, her spirit is free. But, I also know you will have many sad days too. I still do. This week will be 13 years since my dad passed."

    Yes, you're right, I will have sad days too. I remember about 6 years after my father died, and I was suddenly overwhelmed with missing him. It hit me harder than it did when he first passed. But that's part of grieving, I guess - it comes in stages. My father passed away 19 years ago.

    "And I noticed that your mom was born on the day my mom passed, 9/26."

    Oh, how about that. My mother didn't think she would live to see her last birthday, but I kept telling her that she would. And she did.

    "Where were your parents in the photo where she had the crown on? He sure was 'smiling' at his beauty queen!"



    HA! Yes, she does look like his beauty queen in that photo, doesn't she? That photo was taken a year or so after they got married. They were at a New Years Eve party that night.


    Thanks so much for stopping by and for all the support, care, good thoughts and Reiki you've shared with my family and I over the past 6 months. Because it truly made a difference in how we all moved through this experience. With grace and peace.


    ((((( You )))))


    Have a vunderbar week, neighbor!


    X


    P.S. can you believe the heat wave we got today? It felt like summer.

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  43. Hellooooooooo Secret Agent Woman~

    Thank you. Isn't that portrait of her beautiful? She was only 19 or 20 years old when that photo was taken. Out of all the various hairs colors my mother wore during her lifetime, I loved her best as a blonde. She always reminded me of the movie star, Grace Kelly.

    " I know she will be deeply missed but what a blessing to have had her as your mother."



    You said it, girl. What a blessing to have had her as my mother.


    Thank you so much for stopping by and for all the support, care, and concern you've shared over these past few months. You're a sweetheart!


    (((( You ))))


    Have a WONDERFUL week!


    X

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  44. Hey there Meleah~

    Aw....thank you SO MUCH, girl!

    LOVE YOU SO MUCH TOO!

    (((((( You ))))

    "And I am glad to know she went peacefully, but I am still crying over that video."

    I know, last night before I published this post, I watched the video again and cried my eyes out too. I could feel her energy around me.

    " Please feel free to call me ANYTIME day or night, if you ever need to talk."



    Thank you, my Libra friend. And I will, I promise.


    Much thanks for all the support, care and love you've shared with my family and I during these past 6 months. Because it was a great comfort to us all.


    Have a wonderful week.......X

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  45. Herman TurnipDecember 03, 2012

    Great video, Ron. I was holding it together until the text at the end popped up. Again, we're so sorry for your loss, but your mother sounded like an amazing person! She'll always be with you, no matter what you do and where you go. Stay strong, my friend.



    And, on a lighter note, it's great to finally have you back blogging! [Thumbs Up!]

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  46. Howdy Herman~

    Thank you. Yeah, I too lost it at the end when I watched the video last night before I published this post. This whole experience has bee so bitter sweet.

    "She'll always be with you, no matter what you do and where you go. Stay strong, my friend."

    You're right. Her love will always be with me.

    It feels so good to be back blogging again, so thank you.

    And I can't thank you enough for all the support and care, you and your family have shared with me and my family over these past 6 months. It really made a difference in how we moved through this. With peace and grace.

    Have a SUPER week!

    Much X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler!

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  47. Dearest Ron,
    That was such an incredibly touching tribute. Your mom's smile lights up the whole place. What a beautiful woman inside and out. She is smiling now knowing how you celebrated so joyously. I lost my Dad while blogging and it is not easy. But I can look back at those blog posts now and I am glad I shared my journey.
    Thank-you for sharing yours too.
    Love and hugs to you!

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  48. OK, this was so bittersweet and beautiful. I think I have something in my eyes.....She was beautiful Ron and you can see the love and happiness in these photos. What a wonderful video Ron, I loved it. And Nat King Cole? My all time favorite.

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  49. ...The apple didn't fall far from the tree at all here my friend. I couldn't help but think as I viewed this splendid video of how much you mirror your mother and just how much of a beautiful person she is both inside and out. She lives on thru you Ron.


    ...I think of you daily and always send a warm thought & a hug your way. Do you feel it? (((hug)))


    ...Please know I am always here if need be, 'kay?


    ...Love & blessings to you.

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  50. Herman TurnipDecember 05, 2012

    You got it, Ron! Please let us know if you need anything from us!

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  51. a tear jerker indeed, ron. what a wonderful tribute to your mom. thanks for sharing. hope to see you soon so i can give you a big hug.

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  52. You bet, buddy!


    And thank you!


    X

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  53. Hey there Bill~

    Thank you for your sweet and tender words.

    ((((( You )))))

    "And Nat King Cole? My all time favorite."



    Mine too! His voice was so smooth and soothing. My mother and father used to play his records during the weekend when I was a kid, so whenever I hear him sing...I think of THEM.


    Thank you for stopping by, buddy. Hope you're having a faaaaaabulous week!


    X to you and Paul!

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  54. Hey there V Girl~


    Thank you. And you're so welcome. You all have been such a huge part of this journey with my mother and family, so it gave me great joy to share it with you.


    ((((((( You )))))))


    Yes, hopefully in January we can all get together. I look forward to it!


    Have a great rest of your week!


    X ya!

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  55. Hello Dearest TJ~

    I cannot THANK YOU enough for your sweet and touching comment. It brought tears to my eyes.

    (((((((((((((( You )))))))))))))))))))

    "...I think of you daily and always send a warm thought & a hug your way. Do you feel it?"



    I SURE DO. And that's what has kept me in peace these past 6 months, so thank you!


    Always a joy to see your comments, dear lady. Thank you for stopping by!


    Hope you're having a super week!


    X ya!

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  56. Angelia SimsDecember 05, 2012

    Dearest Ron, That was such an incredibly touching tribute. Your mom's smile lights up the whole place. What a beautiful woman inside and out. She is smiling now knowing how you celebrated so joyously. I lost my Dad while blogging and it is not easy. But I can look back at those blog posts now and I am glad I shared my journey. Thank-you for sharing yours too. Love and hugs to you!

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  57. Hello Angelia!

    Thank you for your beautiful and touching words.

    Yes, her smile did light up the whole place and those who were around her. She left a legacy of LOVE.

    "I lost my Dad while blogging and it is not easy. But I can look back at those blog posts now and I am glad I shared my journey."



    I know exactly what you mean, dear lady. Having a blog is such a wonderful means of documenting all that happens in our lives. So that we can go back and relive the experiences.


    Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your support and love. Muchly appreciated and cherished.


    (((((( You )))))


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  58. Oh Ron. I have tears on my cheeks and I have chills. That was so moving... I am speechless. I have questions about so many of those pictures! I love the one where she is sitting in front of the mirror, especially. Your mother was GORGEOUS... what a lady... and her smile... her face lit up. Thank you for sharing... thank you so much.

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  59. Hey there Katherine~

    Thank you, sweet lady.

    (((((( You )))))

    Yes, I especially love the one of my mother sitting in front of the mirror too because she almost looks ethereal. And for some reason, the photo SPEAKS to me in its silence.

    Thank you so much, for not only stopping by, but for all your care, support, prayers and love you have shared with my family and I these past 6 months. It made a world of difference!

    Enjoy the rest of your week!

    X ya!

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  60. Ron, I just wanted to tell you that I had to stop back and watch this video again. And it made me smile :)

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  61. Hey Robert!


    Aw...thanks buddy. Glad it made you smile again....:)

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  62. That was so beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I loved seeing all of the photos especially the ones from the 40s and 50s. So great. My heart goes out to you. I'm so glad you were able to spend some quality time with your brother. We missed you.

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  63. Good morning Jen~


    Thank you.


    I like the one from the 40's and 50's as well. There is something so simple yet, endearing about those times, isn't there?


    My brother and I have always been close, however this experience has brought us even closer. I so enjoyed our 10 days with each other. It was a blessing.


    Thanks for all your support, care and love during this time, my friend!


    ((((( You )))))


    Enjoy the rest of your week!


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  64. That was a beautiful tribute Ron. What you wrote about your mother could have been written about my mother also. They sounded very much alike. That doesn't surprise me too much though, because I think that we are very much alike.

    You will have some very sad moments, but you will always be able to smile when you think of your mother and that is a real blessing Ron.

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  65. What a beautiful tribute this is.

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  66. Hiya Rick!


    Thank you, my friend!


    And thanks for stopping by!


    Have a WONDERFUL weekend!


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  67. Hey there Babs~

    Thank you, dear friend!

    "What you wrote about your mother could have been written about my mother also. They sounded very much alike. That doesn't surprise me too much though, because I think that we are very much alike."

    You mother must have been an AWESOME lady, cause you are too!

    (((((( You ))))))

    "You will have some very sad moments, but you will always be able to smile when you think of your mother and that is a real blessing Ron."



    You said it.......:)


    Thanks so much for stopping by, Babs. Hope you're healing well!


    ((((((((( You ))))))))


    Have a great weekend!


    X to you and Mo!

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  68. Smiling through my tears. Beautiful, Ron - just beautiful.

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  69. Thank you, Sis!


    And thank you for being such a huge support and comfort through this.


    (((((( You ))))))


    X ya bunches!

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  70. To Ron and any of his friends / associates that did not know Annie. I grew up across the street from Ann, her dear departed husband Frank (Ronnie's Dad) and his little brother Tommy ("Tucker"). I can only say that I feel so badly that Annie didn't really let on how sick she was and that I didn't get to spend any time at all with her in recent years... We would speak to her (my mom, dad and I) and she even led us to believe (near the end) that the cancer was in remission...etc..etc.. I don't need to go into it but suffice to say that she was a "selfless" woman......a beautiful woman, inside and out. She looked like Marilyn Monroe and was my first crush even though I was a little boy...and that's the truth.....radiantly beautiful woman as you folks can see from the video. I miss you Annie and I love you. Your sons will continue to transcend your legacy of warmth and beauty until they meet you in heaven one day. Great job on the video Ronnie....we are all crying down here in Ventnor.... Michael

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  71. Hi Michael~

    Thank you so much for stopping by and watching the video memorial to my mother.

    She thought the world of you and your family.

    X to you all!

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  72. Just beautiful....sorry for your losslove you D.

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  73. Hi Diana!


    Thank you so much for stopping by and watching the video!


    (((((( You )))))


    X to you, Buddy and Nico!

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  74. Ron, I just saw this post that you lost your mom. I am SO sorry. I haven't had time to check blogs in forever. I am at a loss to what to say other than I am so sorry for the huge loss you must feel. You are in my thoughts and prayers and if you need anything or just need to talk sometime, please feel free to call anytime. Love you buddy!

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  75. Thank you so much for your sweet and supportive words, dear friend.


    I know that you (having gone through the loss of your brother) totally understand.


    She passed away very peacefully, therefore I am at peace with that. Yet, I do miss her dearly.


    Thank you for stopping by.


    (((((((((((( You )))))))))))))))

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