Sunday, January 29, 2012

In Memory

                                            L.N. Roche
                                            February 22, 1913-January 29, 1974
Unfortunately, I do not have photos easily available of my mom and since I love mom & dad's wedding photo so much I thought I'd share it.  Thirty eight years ago my mother departed this earth; it is so hard to believe it has been that long.  My mom wasn't seriously ill and the thought of her having a stroke never entered my mind; I was just 21 yrs old and still immature, never fully realizing how her passing would impact my life.  There is so much I wanted to share with her~she knew the love of my life but wouldn't see us married, me growing up, having children and grandchildren.  She never got to see me discover Jesus and grow in faith; well she did but from a different perspective.  I never got to fully apologize for what a rebellious and tough child I was, there were so many lessons I learned after she was gone.  I will say that I became the mom I am because of my childhood, it made me so dedicated to my two daughters.  My mom had to work from the time I was two and it took a tole on her health; one of her parents also had a stroke so she recognized the symptoms.  She only lingered about 8 hours and I'm thankful she didn't have to live in a vegetable state; she never would have wanted that.  I know that both my brother and I have many of her traits; we are both Irish through and through and grow more alike as we grow older.  So today Mom, I would like to say thank you for raising me, for being the mother you were, for being an example of prayer~I still remember you on your knees every morning. Thank you for loving me even when I was so difficult and it was so hard for you.
Always your little girl,


  1. What a beautiful tribute to your Mom. I am sure she knew how much you loved her but I know that doesn't stop you from missing her.....

    Your parents wedding photo is beautiful.....two handsome people dressed to a t with their lives spread out before them....and they produced a beautiful daughter in you.....

  2. Noreen, what a beautiful photo, lovely and touching tribute!! Thank-you for sharing your Mom with me and everyone today!

  3. That is a beautiful photo Noreen.
    I share your feelings in so much of what your mother died when I was 18 and there is so much that I owe to her and miss about her still.

  4. What a beautiful photo of your parents ... and a beautiful tribute to your mom. {{hug}}

  5. What a sweet post. Your mother was a beautiful bride! Sending you hugs from afar.

  6. Oh Noreen I really want to give you a hug right now! What a beautiful picture of your parents. It would have been REALLY difficult to have lost your mother at such a young age and my heart goes out to you. This was a wonderful tribute to her. Love, Debbie

  7. What a beautiful tribute, Noreen. It reminds us to appreciate our loved ones while we have them. I heard a wonderful saying the other day: 'Love those around you because one day God will want them back.'
    Sending lotsaluv


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