This Mother's Day, I wanted to do something special for everyone whose Moms are no longer alive. I lost my mom more than a decade ago, and particularly in the beginning, it was very tough to deal with Mother's Day. I was sure others felt the same way and reached out to our viewers via Facebook.
In addition to being the Senior Investigative Reporter here at WTSP, I am also a songwriter. I wrote the song and put together the above video that shows pictures viewers sent us.
I want it to honor those moms who are no longer with us, but still alive in our hearts.
The response was overwhelming. I've included some of the e-mails I received:
Thank you for doing this.
My love for my mother is a journey; starting at forever, and ending at never.
Mary Weaver Neeld
January 25, 1905 - July 14, 1979
My mom's name was Jeanne Bowlus. She was only 62 when she died last year on 12/4/10 and was born on 11/24/48. She was a nurse and an extremely important person in my life as well as the lives of her patients.
Attached is a picture of my wonderful mother whom I lost in December 1999. I was 14 I actually took the time to edit the picture and it has her date of birth and date of death on it!
I hope you will use her picture in your special mothers day project, and please send the link I can view it at :)
Please include my mom in your memorial. She passed away in December after a 3 year battle with kidney cancer. There hasn't been a day since that I don't wish I could call and talk with her.
2/14/1938 - 12/13/2011
Her engagement picture and a picture from the first cruise I took her on are attached.
I saw the Channel 10 post about the special you are doing about honoring mothers for Mother's Day. I have attached a picture of my Mother. Her name was Myrna Rosa Santana. She was born in San Juan Puerto Rico, October 1, 1942. She passed away from cancer May 2, 2009. She was and still is my inspiration. I would be eternally grateful if you would include her in your special as I will never find enough ways in my life to honor her.
Carmen R. Farese
Instructor - ZIN member
Zumba Fitness, LLC.
this is a pic of Charlotte Ruth Lotz
born July 24 1930
passed September 28th 1999
She had 4 daughters. we miss her very much and would love to see her in your article.
Aimee Ruth Taylor
My mother's name is Juanita Bembry Brannen. She was born in 1939 and died in 1991.
I think it's wonderful that you are doing a story to honor Mom's who have passed. I lost my mom nearly 10 years ago, and it's still such a hard day to get thru. My Mom raised 8 kids almost single handedly, and she was just an incredible woman. I didn't realize until I was an adult just how strong she was, or how much she sacrificed for her kids. I think of her and miss her every day. Her name was Barbara M. Mockler. She was born on July 18, 1928, and she died May 26, 2002. The picture I attached is of my Grandma, my Mom and I. If you need one of just her, I can send it. Again, thank you for doing this story.
Thanks for doing this, here is the info you requested along with my mom's photo attached.
Josie Gagliano Cacioppo
Born Sept. 5, 1933
Died July 15, 2010
This is a picture of my Mom (in the blue)..her name Kate Moore..born September 3, 1925..died June 15. 1993.
Thank you so much.
This is my beloved Mother ... Viola DeLuise Pflum .. she was born August 17, 1921 and passed away January 29, 2006!!!
I want to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart for getting a story together for Mother's Day in remembrance of these very special ladies in our lives.