Over the weekend, I am traveling back to Sacramento to celebrate the life of my former mother-in-law, Ellie Matal.
Losing three “mothers” in three years is truly heartbreaking. Today I celebrate their lives briefly in these photos. These women were uniquely quirky and intensely loving. No doubt they were heroes in the eyes of their children and grandchildren.
Ellie Jeffus Matal was my mother-in-law from 1980 to 1995. She passed away (cancer) on October 31, 2022. She was an elementary school teacher for many years and loved quilting.
Hella Blumenbach Schrandt was my mother-in-law in my current marriage from 2013 to 2021. She passed away (Alzheimer’s) on February 14, 2021. Born in Chile, she spoke Spanish, German, and English and trained to drive buses later in life.
Both of my MILs shared the same birthdate, October 4, but one year apart.
Diane McCune Webster, my mother, shared two grandchildren (my daughters) with Ellie. Mom passed away from a 30-year battle with lupus and its effects just shy of her 80th birthday, on March 3, 2020. We were lucky to be able to be with her just before covid closed hospitals to covid a mere two weeks later.
If your mother or father is still alive, please hug them tightly as soon as you can. If they are no longer with you, please cherish your loving memories.
In remembrance of Veteran’s Day, not only should we honor and remember those who gave their lives and sacrificed for our freedom, but to honor the everyday heroes in our lives–our parents!
“I can imagine no heroism greater than motherhood.” —Lance Conrad
Sharing for Marsha’s WQW Veterans Day and holidays.
Please join me November 20th for Sunday Stills as we tackle the monthly color challenge leather (shades of brown).
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