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Celebrating the life and love of my first best friend

Earlier this week I wrote about missing my mother, who died 25 years ago today at the age of 47. Today I would like to celebrate her life with a few old photos. I realized, as I pulled photos for this, that I have lots of photos from my earliest days with my mother and a few from the end, but hardly anything in between. I’ll try to remember that the next time I want to avoid being in a photo with my kids because I don’t think I look good enough.

Here is my mother, who was beautiful inside and out. I couldn’t have asked for a better mother or a better friend. She really and truly was my very best friend at the time she died. It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since I’ve seen her, hugged her, talked with her for hours on end. I still miss you and love you, Mom.

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My mother and father with me on the day of my baptism.

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My mother on her first wedding anniversary.

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My first St. Patrick’s Day with mom.

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Celebrating my first birthday.

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I know this is a little cut off, but I just love the way she looks here.

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Fast forward to a CYO Queen’s Dance when I was a senior in high school. She was our CYO advisor.

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With my dad and family on her 25th wedding anniversary, only only a couple of years before her death.


One of the last photos before my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer.

One of the last photos before my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer.

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  1. I love this, Mary!

    The pictures are so sweet. Your mom was so utterly Irish! I bet she was called “lass” a lot.

    Thanks for sharing her with us.


    April 12, 2013

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