Wednesday, November 5, 2008



I want to take this time to thank you for your concerned emails on my where abouts. I contemplated about writing of my personal loss and realized as the weeks passed that it’s a necessity to pay tribute to the special love and heart of my mother. My dear sweet mom passed away on the eve of October 12th.. My mom suffered from heart disease and Alzimers. Although as the disease progressed, she always knew who we were which was a blessing.
Our mom was the heart of our family. Her kindness and caring, her spark for life along with her contagious smile, touched the lives of all who knew her. Words cannot express how much she will be missed…



My parents had a love affair that lasted 55 years. They were like two young kids in love…
My dad who is very ill and has lost most of his hearing now was asked at the funeral if he would like to say something about his wife. He paused for a few seconds, and said, “We fell in love 55 years ago, And, we never lost it. I’m going to miss her”. Later that night my oldest son Mark said to me. Mom, that simple line that Papa said about Nanny was so powerful. All the long speeches wouldn’t of come close to the depth of those few chosen words…



Thank you God.
For pretending not to notice that one of your angels is missing and for guiding her to me.
You must have known how much I would need her, so
You turned your head for a minute and allowed her to slip away to me.
Sometimes I wonder what special name you had for her.
I called her “ Mother”...


Shirley Lauzon 1933-2008


51 comments:

Jan and Tom's Place said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I know losing a beloved parent isn't easy...and you'll always think of her...but, rest in the Lord's arms and let HIM get you through the loss.

This is a beautiful tribute to your mother.

We'll be praying for you and your family.

~Blessings sweetie,
Jan

April said...

Beautifully written, We are going to miss her so much. We have our wonderful meemories to get us through this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

Joanne I am so sorry to hear of the lose of your Mom, there are no words to help you with what you are feeling right now, Losing her just leaves such and empty place in your heart, but the memories you have of her will last forever. I know how you are feeling I have been through it, if you ever need to talk call me. We had so many good times at your house with your Mom & Dad. My love goes out to your whole family.
Love, Theresa Cassidy

debi said...

JoAnne, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Debi

Cheryl said...

Joanne your tribute to our mother was very beautiful. Mom would often say "where did Joanne get all her talent and creativity from?" Why from you mom of course. She would just smile.
Love you Jo
Cheryl

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

Im so sorry Jo-Anne to hear of the loss of your mother.
Please no that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
hugs,
Sandy

Anonymous said...

Joanne,
I never had the pleasure of meeting your Mom, but she sounds like she was such a wonderful, special lady. She is so fortunate to have a daughter like you, and I am so sorry for your loss. Both of you look alike and you're both beautiful. Like mother, like daughter. You're the best, Jo-anne, and you're in my heart.
Love,
Muriel

Becky said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Hugs and Love

Anonymous said...

Your mother was a special Lady. She had an unbelievable spirit, and a king and forgiving heart. I will always remember how good your mom was to me when I lived in Canada, she always said I am your mom now dear.
Good night sweet lady, until we all meet again.

Michelle

Holly said...

Dearest Jo-Anne, I know how hard it is to say good bye to mom. I'll be praying for you and your whole family. Your Dad sounds like such a sweet heart!

~ Loving Hearts ~

Suzie said...

Beautifully said, Jo. It made me cry all over again. She was a very special mother, wife and grandmother. She will live forever in our hearts.. We miss and love you mom...
Love,
Suzie.

Anonymous said...

Oh Joanne. What a beautiful tribute to your mom (my sister)We will always miss shirley,but as long as she lives in our hearts, she will always live on as part of our lives.Her family meant everything to her. Love you Joanne. Aunt Rita.

My Petite Maison said...

Dear Jo,
What a eloquent tribute to your mother you've given here. I am glad you shared, you have a lot of people that care for you.

Your father summed it up in just a few words, but you're correct - It said so very much about their long lasting love.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Blessings & Love to you, Sweet Jo
~Tracie

Becky said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. You will be in my prayers.
Hugs
Becky

Elaine said...

I'm sorry for your loss. The dates you have listed are exactly the same for our mom. She passed in February. What was extremely difficult at first is now a tad more bearable. I wish you you peace.

TattingChic said...

So sorry about your loss. God bless you and your family.

Gina said...

My heart goes out to you my dear. I am so sorry for your loss but she sounds as though she gave so much. You are in our thoughts, big hug.

our shabby cottage said...

What a lovely tribute to your Mum.
My thoughts go out across the sea to you.

Pink Slippers said...

I'm sorry for your loss...What powerful words from your Dad. They really show his heart. And what sweet words from you about your Mom.

Diana at Chloe's Chic Boutique said...

JoAnne,
I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Your tribute to your mother is beautiful, she sounds like she was a wonderful mom.
My prayers are with you, and your family during this difficult time.


Blessings,
Diana

Jenny said...

Joanne, I bet your soul lived in the Victoria Era and you were probably someone famous. You are so talented. You do look like your mother especially in the profile photos. It is nice to see the picture of your mom and dad in the early days. They are a handsome couple.

The tribute to Aunt Shirley is beautiful. It really makes a heart ache knowing that she is no longer here in body. But her spirit lives on in her children and grandchildren and also in our memories of her.

Always thinking of you. Love Cousin Jenny

Susie Holt said...

JoAnne,
I am so sorry to hear about the lose your Mom, she must have been a pretty special lady to have a daughter as wonderful as you,we are the blessed ones to even be able to have parents like we have had. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Susie

Tutti Chic said...

jo~I am SO very sorry to hear about your mom. She looks like a very lovely lady & a genetle soul from the beautiful pictures. I can't imagine how sad you are right now & I am sending love & hugs & prayers to you. your tribute was so lovely. I'm so glad that you ahve a wonderful family to help you thru this~time heals & you will tuck her away in your heart until you meet again. xo chris

Anonymous said...

Joanne,
What a beautiful tribute to your Mom, my Aunt. I will miss her so much....Your strength and faith continues to amaze me. Love you. Cousin Donna

SherryRoseBella said...

Dear Sweet Jo-Anne,
My heart is so sad for you. I know the feeling of losing a parent. You never really get over it but it does get a little easier with time. Just savor the beautiful memories you have of her & remember that she is in Heaven, now, in no pain, and rejoicing with the Lord.
love & hugs,
Sherry

Catherine smith said...

Hi Joanne. What a beautiful tribute to your MoM, my sister, She was a beautiful lady who lived her life to the fullest. We will never forget her and she is always in my prayers..Aunt Catherine

Niesz Vintage Home said...

I'm so, so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother.
My heart goes out to you and your family. What a wonderful treasure you had in parents that truly loved each other.

Kimberly

ASHLEY said...

oh goodness...i'm so saddened to hear of your loss...i will keep you and your family in my prayers. thank you for sharing your soul...bless you.

Trisha said...

Jo-Anne,
My sincerest sympathies on the loss of your sweet mother. When you carry her in your heart , as I am sure you do, she will never be far from you.

Trisha Evans
my2roses
a vintage white

My Pink Boutique said...

Jo-Anne, I'm so sorry that you lost your mother. It looks like she led a beautiful life. Your father's words about her are very touching. What a joy to look back on 55 years and see the heritage of love left.

I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

Bless You,
Kimberly

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Joanne ~
I am sorry for the loss of your mother ~ I know that this is a hard time for you and your family and I will pray for you ~
xoxo,
Lori

rjpoulin said...

Joanne, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Your tribute to her is beautiful. I have many great memories with your mom and family. My heart and prayers are with you.

love ya
Jeanne

Anonymous said...

Joanne, I am so sorry for the your loss of your mother. Joanne I didn't know, I am sorry. This tribute is beautiful. I have many great memories of your mom and family. My heart and prayers are with you.

love you
Jeanne

Forever Vintage said...

So sorry to hear of your loss Joanne. I lost my Mom 3 years ago on Oct. 19. The most difficult time of my life. Mothers are so very special and the glue that keeps us together. I miss her everyday as I am sure you will too.The Lord has another beautiful angel to look over us.

Caroline~

Denise said...

I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I missed you while you were gone. You will be in my prayers.

Ed and Elisete said...

Hi Jo,

We are very sorry to hear about your mom's passing. You and your family are in our prayers

Love,
Elisete and Ed

Bethany said...

Please accept my hearfelt condolences on the loss of your dear Mother.
The words you shared and what your Father said are just soo amazingly full of love you have in your hearts. How blessed you all were to have each other. I know losing someone to Alzheimers is awful (lost 2 members of my family to it). God bless you all and may He comfort you and surround you with peace.

A Romantic Porch said...

Oh Sweet JoAnn, I'm so sorry about your loss of your precious mother. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. xo rachel

Lallee said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Mothers truly are angels in our lives. Your love is felt in your sweet tribute to her.
God bless.
Lallee

Anonymous said...

Joanne:

I am so sorry for the loss of your mom.
She was a good, very kind person to me.

my heart goes out to your family...

anonymous

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

What sad new about your Mom....The pictures of her are just BEAUTIFUL...
You will be in my thoughts and prayers....
Hugs,
Mo :-)

My Petite Maison said...

Hi Jo-Anne,
I received your comment. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, friend.
Blessings & Love
~Tracie

Suzy said...

Oh I am so sorry for your loss. No words can make the pain and emptiness disappear but I can only say that you are in my thoughts.

Sending you my love.Suzy

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Jo ~ I haven't visited your blog for awhile and was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of your beloved Mother. You were such a comfort to me when my Dad passed away a few years ago. I know what you are going through. I love you Jo, you take care of yourself okay. ~Stacy~ xoxo

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Jo-Anne, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. Your son was so right...those words from your dad were so touching! What a beautiful couple they were! This was such a lovely tribute to your mother!

Alice W. said...

Jo-Anne,
My heart is broken for you right now. I cannot imagine the pain of your loss. I have tears in my eyes as I type this...my thoughts and prayers will be with you as you go through this most difficult time.
~Alice

Marilyn said...

You have me deepest sympathy. I too lost my Mom to breaast cancer (96') & then my Dad to Heart Disease & Alsheimers (04'). They will always be missed!!
Here is a Hug....
Marilyn

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

I'm sorry for your loss. My mom is suffering with alzheimers and it's been a tough year. Your Fathers words say it all.
Robin

Marie Antionette said...

I'm so sorry for your loss,Its so hard to loose a mother.I miss mine terriably.I've been ill,myself so I have slowed down my blogging.But i will check on you soon again.Hugs Marie Antionette

Welcome said...

Joanne,
I am so sorry to hear that you lost your mother recently. I was so touched by the expression of love from your Father and your words of love and honor. Please know our prayers are with you and your family, especially during the holiday season.
God Bless you and your family,
Peggy

Adrianna said...

Dear Jo-Anne,
What a beautiful and thoughtful tribute to you Mother.
I lost my own Mom twelve years ago and while the pain has lessened I miss her everyday. We were such good friends. Be glad of your precious memories!

Many Sweet Blessings to you and your family.
Adrianna