Thursday, September 19, 2013

My Mama


Anna Marie Sheehan 6/11/27-9/15/13

Dear Friends,

There's no easy way to deliver this news but I lost my Mama on Sunday morning after a mid August surgery which although successful, was followed by one complication after another.

She was 86 years young and still living alone, driving, visiting with her friends on most days at her favorite haunt. Up until three years ago she was still driving to Naples, Florida by herself
I'm so grateful that she was herself until the end and did not have to face life dependent on others. I have been able to devote myself to her needs during this past month of her hospitalization and bring comfort to her and to myself.  

Two days ago I discovered a fabulous (months old) voice mail message from her and it made my heart sing. So glad I'm negligent in deleting those things. 

The services are today and tomorrow at Russell-Pica funeral home in Brockton, after which Don and I are taking a previously planned trip up to Bar Harbor, Maine.
The blogging community is a big part of my life and I needed to let you all know what has happened to cause my prolonged absence. 
Thank you for your support through the years. It means so much.

Mary

24 comments:

Stephanie Berry said...

Sorry for your loss. Lovely that your mom kept her independence.

suzanneberry said...

Dear Mary,

I am so very sorry for the loss of your Mom. She looks so lovely. It's wonderful that she led such a long and independent life. And that you kept her message.

Fran said...

I am very sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace.

Fay Terry said...

Dear Mary,
I am so sad to hear of your loss.
A couple of years ago you had a photo of your mom getting ready to leave Florida on your blog and she looked so dear. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Page Railsback said...

Oh MSW..This is an odd way to communicate other than GJWP flowers. I am away and can't be there for this time. I am with you in spirit. I can see why you are so cool and sweet and funny and grounded..your wonderful Mother was there for you and you for her..2 independent, confident beings. Love you

CrimsonLeaves said...

Ahh Mary...This is just such sad news. I did wonder where you've been and am so happy to know that you've been able to spend time with your mom. She is beautiful and may you find solace in your memories. Please accept my sympathies.

Dar Presto said...

Peace to you, Mary. May a lifetime of memories and influence remain strong in your heart.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

She was a wonderful woman, and a good Mom, and you were a perfect daughter. It's a hard road that you walk, but you are not alone, girlfriend. xoxo

art by Michael Perchard said...

Mary!
So very sorry for your loss!
Thank you for sharing so much with your art blogging friends.
Hang in there.
Your dear art friend!
Michael

hmuxo said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Mary!
Your Mom looks like such a lovely woman.. I know that you feel like a piece of your heart has been pulled out...this is how I felt! thank you for sharing this with us.. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family!

Jerry Stocks said...

Mary, so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. Thanks for sharing the picture of your lovely mom with us.

A said...

So sorry for your loss Mary. Don't even know what else to say...

Jo Castillo said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. Thanks for sharing. She was quite a lady and you have some wonderful memories.

rdl said...

{{{{Mare}}}}}

Anne Winthrop Cordin said...

Mary, I am so saddened to hear of your loss. What a joyful person your mother was, someone who lived her life to the fullest! May be all be so lucky. I pray you find peace in these sad days.

Patry Francis said...

Oh, Mary, you have been in my thoughts ever since Rona told me about the loss of your wonderful Mama. I only met her once, but I still remember her great spirit.

Right now I'm looking at an ornament I gave my own Mama, engraved with this quote from George Eliot:

"Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face."

It's a blessing that no one and nothing can take away from us.

Sincere condolences, my friend.

Virginia Floyd said...

So sorry for your loss. My words can't express the thoughts. Just know that I am thinking of you.

Maria Bennett Hock said...

so very sorry...but glad you found a message from her that made you smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you...

Renee Lammers said...

Very sad to read about your Mom passing away. My deepest condolences. What a treasure that voicemail is. I too sometimes don't delete my Mom's messages and keep them for months! Hugs.

Dottie T Leatherwood said...

So very sorry Mary! Mamas are irreplaceable. What a great spirit she had and she lives on in you.

Kathy Cousart said...

Awh sweet Mary...I have so many thoughts jumbled up and don't even know where to start for you. Most important is that she was herself and independent these last few years and that you were able to devote such a special time to be with her when she needed you...Mother/Daughter Power at it's finest. Miss you and hope to see you soon- my thoughts and prayers are with you! xoxo

Manon Sander said...

Hi Mary,

your business card just fell into my hands when I was going through some paperwork, so I decided to visit your blog. I saw the sad news about your Mom's passing. I'm sure this must be a trying time for you, and I hope you find some solace in painting. I'm very sorry for your loss.
Hope to see you in Florida in the winter!

Manon (we know each other from the Peggy Kroll workshop in Gloucester. I'm the one with the weird accent....)

Last Cup Of Coffee said...

was thinking about you - so sorry to hear about your mother!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

These comments make my heart sing, I'm so blessed to have you all.
A big thanks xoxo