over the years the memories seem to fade, but my love for you keeps going strong. I thank you for everything that you gave me, all the sacrifices that you made for me, and everything I learned from you. When you left, I not only lost my mother, but my very best friend. You were always there for me, even when I just needed someone to listen to me. Now that I have children of my own, I look back and think of how strong you really were. All the while you were sick, I never truly understood what you were going through. I miss you so very much and, while I am in no hurry to leave this earth, I look forward to the day I will see you again. I love you with all of my heart! P.S. The butterfly is because you liked them so much.
What a wonderful and amazing woman my mom was. Not a day goes by that I don't think about her. She is with me whereever I go and whatever I do. The mother, wife, and woman that I am today is thanks to the mother, wife, and woman that she was. I hate that I only had a few years with her but I am grateful to have shared those with her. I learned so much from her. I don't think it was all the things she told me because I don't remember much of that but it was the way she loved me and everyone else. I like to do things with my kids that she did with me and Jayne (like arts and crafts projects) not just because they were fun but because they help me to feel connected to her. I am sure my kids are thankful for how she taught us not to pull leaves off of trees because that is the same way that they learned. : ) I remember how amazed I was at how many people came to pay their respects when she passed. That was a testimony to the person that she was and how many people cared for her and loved her. I think I am most proud that she used the years God gave her to do the most and best that she could. I pray that whenever my time comes, I will have impacted at least a fraction of the lives that she did. Jayne did a great job of putting this page together and we would truly appreciate any thoughts, memories, and pictures that you can share. She is right that it was a huge mistake not to talk about my mom. Although it hurts to talk about someone that we love so much when we first lose them, it hurts even more not to talk about them. So, for all of you who are visiting this page, I ask that you take a few minutes to share. We still have a lot of questions, a few of which are at the bottom of this page. If you know any of the answers please share them with us.
Man did this tribute really get me...... It made me think about alot of thing and rethink alot in life... That auntie Kath was awesome i remember i was sleeping over there when we were little there was a bird that flew in somehow and was laying on the carpet not sure if he was dead or what and i was going crazy screaming with jamie and jayne and i cant really remember i think one other cousion was there but aunt kat took over and got the cat away he was going nuts, well its prob not funny to others but its weird i remember that like it was yesturday... but im glad i spent most of my childhood years with my cousions they lived with me off and on im glad they were a part of my growing up...ok because im going on and on i will just say I LOVE AND MISS HER VERY MUCH.....
This is really a beautiful special tribute by jayne about Kathy, my wife and her mom. I met her when I was 16 yrs old and started dating her in 1969. We realized we had something special and fell in love. We got married on Oct. 21, 1972 at St. Sylvesters Church and waited a little over 4 yrs. to have children. We had Jamie,born Jan. 31, 1977 and Jayne,born Jul.15, 1979. Kathy was a great mom to the girls. It was such a shock to find out she had cancer. She had cancer for almost five yrs. It took its toll on all of us. She fought it and we supported her 100 %. She has never been forgotten and I always think about her and pray to God to keep her up in heaven with all the Angels. She was Irish and German from a family of six boys and two girls. The boys were Parick,Dennis,Donald,Michael,Shawn and Danny. The girls were Maureen and Eileen.
I was only 5 years old when my auntie Kathy pasted away. I still have memories going to her house for birthday parties and buying icecream from the icecream truck. I remember sleeping over at her house with Jayne and Jamie, she made it a lot of fun. I also remember her buying me kitten bed sheets for Christmas, which I still have because I cant part with them because they are from her. I too also remember her loving Willow tress. I truly do miss her.
I remember my how much my mom loved trees. She drew black and white sketches of trees, usually without leaves. They always looked like winter trees. Her favorite tree was the weeping willow tree. When we were little she taught me & Jamie not to pull the leaves off trees by tugging on our hair and saying "that's what the tree feels".