She was a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and aunt - I called her 'Mom'. Her name was Carolyn and she passed away yesterday. She lost her battle with lung cancer and God decided it was time to call her home. My family and friends will not just mourn her death this Friday but also celebrate her life.
My mom was adopted at the age of five by a wonderful and caring couple, my Grandparents. Ganna and Grand Daddy loved her as their own and I will always be grateful to them for the life they provided for her. She met my dad when they were both in their early 20's and were married about eighteen months later. My brother Marc and I would come along in the next five years and move from Navy Base to Navy Base, up and down the East Coast of the U.S., as Navy families most often do. We settled in Jacksonville Florida when I was twelve and that's where we stayed.
Through all of the constant moving from state to state, school to school, and friends to friends I realized at an early age that Marc and I were very fortunate to have such wonderful parents who kept it together in good times and bad. Even when my dad was deployed for six months or more in harms-way my mom persevered and assumed the role of both mom and dad for two little boys.
We also knew her as 'Team Mom' and 'Den Mother' for the countless hours she gave to the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Youth Sports for her boys. Whether she was driving a car full of kids, hosting parties or volunteering at our school my mom simply didn't want to miss a moment of our lives.
Words cannot describe the joy my mom felt on my wedding day - I could see it in her eyes. I witnessed that same joy in her eyes when both my daughters were born and I will never forget the day my mom heard the angelic voice of my daughter Abigail utter 'Nana'.
The loss of my mom has been the greatest emotional defeat of my lifetime. My dad lost his wife and partner of forty-three years. Marc and I lost our mother but the love she gave us has filled out hearts with love and our minds with memories for the rest of our lives. I will always be reminded of my moms blessings when I look at my two girls and hug them every day.
I am very proud of my mom and very thankful for everything she did for us.
I will never forget you.
I love you.