Celebrating my mom

My mom passed into heaven 9 years ago, right after her 90th birthday. Each year I remember her on her birthday which just passed and since her birthday is always close to Mother’s Day, I also think of her!

My mom was an amazing woman! She was the mother of 10 children, YES 10! I am number 8 and only the second daughter. She not only cared for us kids, when I was a child, she also worked full time in a garment factory. She could sew on any of the machines there, so she was very versatile and fast! After I graduated from high school, she encouraged me to try working in that same factory. I only lasted for three weeks. I could not stand all the noise of the machines and also the gossipy women workers. BUT it gave me a glimpse into my mother’s working world.

My mom took me and other girl neighbors to a girls club each Monday night. She never missed even though I know it wasn’t always easy. One time my dad took the car when it was time to pick us girls up… mom showed up with a huge truck of my dad’s. We did indeed get home, and I realized my mom would do what it took to help me.

At age 16 I wanted to fly to Chicago by myself to visit a Christian college there. My dad didn’t want me to go but mom convinced him to let me. I saved the money and had it all planned out. Mom trusted my judgement. It was quite an adventure!

My mom took care of my dad, her husband for most of their marriage. He had damage to his lungs when they were newly married and so had many health issues in that area. He did die of lung cancer but not until he was 70. So they had almost 50 years of marriage. Mom cared for dad all of those years!

I especially appreciated my mom even more when I was having my children. She even saved her money from growing peas early in the spring and selling them. Then she came to visit me and my family in Alaska not long after our daughter was born. She and my dad both visited 2 years later when we all traveled around Alaska together.

She helped me and came to all the important events in our family’s life. She was the only person who was able to visit our son Josh when he was born prematurely. She came and supported us at that time! She and my dad visited us in Brazil when we lived there. She had also visited us in Alaska.

She even came with us to Kent’s parents 50th wedding Anniversary party. That was a fun trip too! Kara’s college graduation and then she traveled home with us to Kansas City, where Josh proposed to Teresa. Of course she was there for Josh and Teresa’s wedding and Kara and Nick’s wedding.

Mom had 20 years as a widow but she found much joy in those years. She traveled! She came with our family to Ireland, then with her sister in law as well. She traveled with a sister to Japan.

She was able to go on Women’s retreats with her sisters. One time I asked her what she liked about it? She said” We laughed, we played games and we sang! It was fun being with my sister! And the other ladies! “. Yes, I could tell she enjoyed it very much!

I miss my mom, but she is with my dad, my sister and three of my brothers as well as her parents in heaven. I wouldn’t wish her back, but I sure miss her. Thanks mom for good memories!

Here is a short video of some pictures of my mom. I don’t have too many so I treasure each one of these! Some are out of focus and there are a few of me as a girl first and several pictures of our family. There is NO music for most of the pictures but at the end there is a wind chimes playing near her gravesite that my Neice just recorded for me. Enjoy that!

Thanks MOM for all the good memories!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

5 Responses to “Celebrating my mom”

  1. Jan Clements Says:

    What a wonderful tribute to your mom. We did meet your folks in BC. They left you a great legacy!

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  2. Kathy/Don Newkirk Says:

    Great tribute to your mom! Think about you guys and wondering where you are! Don and Kathy

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  3. Galen R Neideigh Says:

    Jan. That was your Mother. She was quite a lady. Always enjoyed being at her house. Thanks for sharing. Galen

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  4. Ralph Eckardt Says:

    Jan: Isn’t it precious the memories of our moms. I wrote a poem to mine just after she died and regularly read it to remind myself of the steady course she charted out for me. As I read your thoughts, I am glad you did not choose that college in Chicago, or I would have never had the privilege of knowing you, AND you might not have met Kent. God bless you as you continue to serve.

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  5. cindy wiens Says:

    I just read your tribute of your Mom. You have so many wonderful memories. It is nice to write them down so your family has them. It’s so nice that you had your mom up until 9 years ago. My mom died 39 years ago. I do have lots of good memories of her but always wished she could have known our kids. Brooke often says she can’t wait to meet Grandma Barbara in heaven.

    I loved seeing all the pics. Such sweet memories. You are blessed. Love, Cindy

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