Sunday, July 18, 2010

In Loving Memory of My Mom....


My dear Mom, Helga Marie, passed away peacefully in my arms, on July 12, 2010, at 8:10 am.  I was blessed with the gift of being able to spend a last week together with her. 

Mom was born on June 16th, 1924 near Aarhus, Denmark.  She immigrated to Canada together with my father and two older siblings in 1951.  She was a kind and caring mother and friend, a hard-working woman who always put others before herself.

Mom made everyone feel so welcome in her home.  There was always the aroma of coffee brewing in the kitchen, along with all of those wonderful and tempting fresh-baked goodies.  A fantastic cook and hostess, her fabulous recipes will live on forever with those of us she shared them with.

I expected to be very sad when the time came for Mom to leave us, but I know now that she's together with our Dad and sister, Carolyn.  At peace and no longer in pain, she's finally at rest.


Just 24 hours after Mom's passing, my daughter gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.  Mom knew that she was soon going to be a great-grandma again, but was just too tired to wait any longer.  So, when I gaze at my darling little grand-daughter, I know that my mother is with her in spirit, to watch over and protect her always.

Thank you for everything you've given me, dear Mom.

Mary Ann


I'll love you forever,
I'll love you for always,
As long as I'm living,
My Mother you'll be....


R. Munsch

16 comments:

Lynda said...

My sincerest sympathies Mary Ann - what a week you've had. And congratulations - a new grand-daughter is wonderful news.

Paula said...

My deepest sympathies Mary Ann. It is hard to say goodbye to a wonderful mother, but God will give you strength and bless the spirit of your dear mother.
And what a joy - a new granddaughter - God bless her. Congratulations

Angela said...

Tears of sorrow and tears of joy! I know how hard losing a parent is, but a new baby is a joy to behold! Hugs to you!

karenfae said...

A life is gone and a new one begins - appropriate in a way isn't it for your family. Like you say your mother is no longer in pain now and that is good. I'm glad you were able to spend time with your mom before she left this earth.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Deb said...

My sincere sympathies on the lost of your mother. You were so lucky to spend her last days with her. And then the circle of life - a new granddaughter - such wonderful news.

Aunt 'Reen said...

My heart goes out to you & your family over the loss of your Mother! What a blessing that you were able to be at her side to say your goodbye's.
Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful grand-daughter!
I'm sure your Mom is smiling down from heaven!

Raewyn said...

Sympathies to you and your family, what a lovely tribute you have written for your mum and how special to have a new baby in the family at this time.

Sue said...

What a bitter sweet time for you. Thinking of you today.
Hugs Sue

Valentina said...

Sweet Mary-Ann, receive a deep and enduring hug from me. You've been in my heart and will continue to be.
I am so grateful you spent that week with your mom and I am delighted to hear of your grand daughter's arrival. Bittersweet, but nevertheless sweet. :)
She is adorable, many blessings for all of you at this time.
xox
Valentina

Tineke said...

My sincere sympathies Mary Ann - it is great that you have been able to spend a week with your mother. Moments to never forget.

Welcome to your beautiful grand-daughter - may her life be full of happiness and joy.

Janet said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Mary Ann. What a joy the new grand baby is, she's so sweet. Congratulations!

suz said...

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy Mary Ann. My Mom passed away 18 months ago and I'll always be glad that I was with her. You know your grandbaby has a wonderful guardian angel looking over her.

Stina said...

Mary Ann.. you have written the most wonderful post ... Your mothers passing... so sorry to hear.. but also the joy of your newborn granddaughter...
Joy and sorrow walks hand in hand dont they... Big hugs to yo and your family....

Dolores said...

What a beautiful tribute. My deepest condolences.
My congratulations too on the birth of your precious granddaughter.

Elly D said...

Oh Mary Ann I am so sorry to hear about your mum. My heart goes out to you and your family at this very sad time. Your tribute to her is so beautiful.
Congratulations too at the joyous birth of your new granddaughter, she must be soothing balm to your aching heart.

Love and Hugs
Elly

ranette said...

Very sweet and loving tribute to your Mother, Mary Ann. Please accept my sincerest sympathies...

Blessings to your new, sweet little granddaughter...she's a cutie!