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To the Moms Who Are
Written by Hannah Kardon . Pastor, Elston Avenue UMC

 

To the Moms who are struggling, to those filled with incandescent joy.

To the Moms who are remembering children who have died, and pregnancies that miscarried.
To the Moms who decided other parents were the best choice for their babies, to the Moms who adopted those kids and loved them fierce.
To those experiencing frustration or desperat
ion in infertility.
To those who knew they never wanted kids, and the ways they have contributed to our shared world. 
To those who mothered colleagues, mentees, neighborhood kids, and anyone who needed it.
To those remembering Moms no longer with us.
To those moving forward from Moms who did not show love, or hurt those they should have cared for.
Today is a day to honor the unyielding love and care for others we call 'Motherhood,' wherever we have found it and in whatever ways we have found to cultivate it within ourselves.


IN HONOR OF

BONNIE NIMMO

 

IN HONOR OF

ELIZABETH SCHAVILLIE

 

This pretty lady is still as sweet & kind as always!   Her entire life has been devoted to helping others!  She took over farm chores from her mother-in-law when she married her sweetheart, Tony Schavillie at a young age.  She raised four children and provided fresh food, eggs, chicken and beef in many yummy ways!   She canned & pickled for the long Michigan winters.  She cared for aging parents & neighbor  and organized blood drives for the community.  She did it all!   Now is her time to relax and let others show love to her!  Many thanks & blessings to MY Mom!  I love you!  

Diann Norwood
 

IN HONOR OF

SIS MILLS

 
She's been called many things over the years; Sis, Nurse Sis, Mrs. Mills, and General Mills, but we just call her Mama. 

IN HONOR OF

BECKY McCLAMROCK

 
Becky is a wonderful Mom who is very loving, caring, amazing, beautiful, great cook, silly, patient, awesome teacher, and she is the glue that holds our family together!!  Happy Mother’s Day Becky!  We love and appreciate everything you do for our family!!

- Chris, Jake, Connor (and Luke)

IN HONOR OF

PAT THOMAS

 
I am grateful for all the comedic material my mom has given me over the years; expired containers of sour cream that grew into their own ecosystems, threatening to drop me off at the Willie Box since I wanted a new mommy and daddy (this was a mutual agreement at the time), using the aluminum foil off the stove burners to wrap baked potatoes and my personal favorite - bread bag snow boots.

I am also incredibly fortunate for the strong sense of service to others that she has instilled in me. Her selflessness has been lived out in front of me my whole life - whether she was teaching adults how to read, providing a home for someone who had nowhere else to go, securing funds to build safe houses for abused women or heading up a community garden - in 51 years I have never seen her sit down. 

My mom's drive and determination to do for others will be her legacy and it has been the greatest gift she could ever give me.  I have big shoes to fill ... well I have big bread bags to fill.  Happy Mother's Day Mom! 

- Jen

 

IN HONOR OF

PAT HAWKINS
Listing all the loving, teaching and unconditional understanding that this lady has given would go much longer than this stage allows. To the mother of our child and grandmother of our grandchildren - Happy Mother's Day!

Richard

IN HONOR OF

MARY MARGARET RICHARDSON

 
Mom, thanks for all you do for us, we wouldn’t be where we are without you! We love you! 
Love,
Chris, Amelia, Brett, Lillie, Robby, and Corbin

IN LOVING MEMORY OF

DEE LENTZ 

 
We love you and miss you so much!

Love,
Mary Margaret, Chris, Amelia, Brett, Lillie, Robby, and Corbin

IN HONOR OF

SANDY WALL  

 
Thank you for being the best mom and Meme we could ask for! Thanks for teaching us so many important life lessons!  We love you so much and are grateful for you everyday!  

Love, 
Becky, Chris, Jake & Connor
Thanks Mom for always listening, laughing, and loving. Every day with you is an adventure, especially if it involves driving. Those days are literal adventures. 

Love,
Maggie & Drew

 

IN LOVING MEMORY OF

JOANNE KERNS 

 
Happy Mothers Day in Heaven, Mom.  We miss you.  Mom always was a good listener and gave sound advice.  She loved spending time with Maggie and Becky.  Never figured out that Becky cheated on Yahtzee all the time.  My dad painted this portrait of my mom in 1949!  

- Sandy

 
Grandma, it has been 2 1/2 years since you have gone to heaven.  I miss you so much!  I long to hug you and talk to you again one day. For now, I hold on to the wonderful memories I have of you.  I love you!

- Becky
IN LOVING MEMORY OF

NADINE SIDES
In loving memory of our Mother, Nadine Sides, who faithfully came to Epworth every Sunday, even when she couldn’t walk.  Our Momma was a wonderful Mother! My brother Evin and I both still say every day, “I miss my Momma!”

Her favorite flowers were violets, and she loved the scripture of Isaiah 11:6:
 
“The wolf will live with the lamb,
and the leopard will lie down with the young goat;
the calf and the young lion will feed[a] together,
and a little child will lead them.”


- Linda Sides Potts and Dr. Evin H. Sides III, children

 
IN LOVING MEMORY OF

HALLIE SIDES TUCKER
In memory of our beloved Aunt Hallie Sides Tucker who faithfully played the organ for Epworth for years.
We wish to offer up this tribute to the glory of God for her beloved memory and service to God.
 
- Linda Sides Potts and Dr. Evin H. Sides III, children



 
IN HONOR OF

SIS MILLS
Although Sis Mills is not my mother,  she is a great friend and co-worker, I thought I’d like to honor her on Mother’s Day, because I see her as a “Spiritual Mother.”  The wise judge, Deborah, was known as a “Mother of Israel”.  Deborah sat under a Palm Tree, which is a symbol of victory and gave out wise judgements and decisions. Sis has been instrumental to me in my success at Epworth.  She has given much sage advice in learning all about Epworth and the in’s and out’s of taking prayer requests.  We have worked and prayed together on that. Besides that, Sis is Epworth’s Parrish Nurse, and I see her as an integral part of the ministry here.  I have often told her, “When I grow up, I’d like to be like you!”  I think she’s been an exemplary role model of service to the community in many ways.  Thanking God for the Gift of Sis’s life and friendship here at Epworth.  Today as I write this, it is also national Nurse’s Appreciation Day, and I chose to take a pic of her holding a sign that I gave her last year.  Sis truly holds “super powers” in my book.  Here’s a few of her favorite things that I’ve learned to know. I hope you enjoy this too and join me in Thanking God for her.
 
Her favorite Flower:    Yellow Daffodils (I think she calls them Johnny Jump ups?)
Her favorite Scripture passage is Psalms 23. 
He favorite color is blue!
 
I’ve included an extra pic of Sis that I especially like and totally represents her – her smile and “can do” attitude no matter what…..she’s truly a “Wonder Woman”!
 
Happy Mother’s Day Sis!


- Sharon Loyd
 
IN HONOR OF

GAYLE SEIFEL
Our family is weird, our family is crazy, our family is there for one another because "That's just what we do".  Thankfully, you are one of the main reasons why we are each one of those things.

You have taught all of us the importance of loving each other fiercely, relentlessly and unconditionally.  You lead by example and, thanks to you, we have a deeply rooted appreciation for family traditions, having each other's backs, doing things together as a family, being silly, wearing matching Christmas jammies and eating homemade chicken and dumplings.  We also couldn't go without mentioning that you have instilled in us that food fights and funny faces are always appropriate and usually encouraged (as long as we don't let the mashed potatoes dry on the ceiling).

Thank you for being our rock, our sounding board, our shoulder to cry on, our partner in crime and the glue that not only holds this family together but also makes it stronger...and everyone knows that its crazy glue forms the tightest bonds :)

Happy Mother's Day Mom!  We Love You!

The Seifel/Lee/Goff/Barbee family
IN LOVING MEMORY OF

ANN O'NEAL
While Mother's Day this year is going to be bitter sweet, it is important to not focus on the sadness but on the memories that we have and the foundation that you laid for us.  It is not hard to see you shining through each one of us.  Your love of life, family, the beach, the perfect pair of cute shoes (even if they are 2 sizes too big), soaking up the sun and being the life of the party is echoed in us in some form or fashion.  Thank you for all of the laughs, all of the love, all of the "only Mom-Mom" moments and for teaching all of us how to make the best "Mom-Mom" silly face ever.

"Love you Honey"

The Seifel/Lee/Goff/Barbee family

 
We are blessed to be loved and "mothered" by so many beautiful women at Epworth. Of course, Jean Lamb ... love, cherish and adore you!!

Love, Jan, Karl & Sarah Sjodahl
Betty Wagner
Pat Masius
Rose Emerson
Jen Hedrick
Teresa Gray
Sis Mills
Angie Davis
Sharon Reavis
Sharon Loyd
Gina Stimson
Nancy Fisher
Bonnie Nimmo
Glenda Baker
Jane Hinson
Brenda Sweet
Brenda Rackoff
Jewell Parker
Jonnie Petrea
Jennifer McClure
Barbie Kennedy
Joanne Gonnerman
Paula Franklin
Betsy Graham
Faye Barringer
Carolyn Williams

 
FATHER'S DAY TRIBUTES

Father's Day is Sunday, June 20. If you'd like to pay tribute to your dad or show some love for the men who have made a difference in your life - send your sentiments and photos to Jen Hedrick at duhsciples@gmail.com or text 704.932.9328.  

Deadline is Wednesday, June 16.
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