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5/7/2020 2:19:00 PM
Thanks, Mom!
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Jenna Daniels and her mother, Patti Duncan, of Summerfield
Compiled by PATTI STOKES

My Mom and Dad divorced when I was 8 and I was with Mom for 12 of every 14 days after that, so she gets most of the credit for raising me.

Here are a few things I learned from her:

1. Always take the high road - you'll never regret the journey.

2. Show up and work hard.

3. Call if you are running late. That little moment of caring speaks volumes.

4. Always say "I love you" before you get off the phone, just in case you never speak again.

Jeff Sasser, NWMS math teacher

I have been so fortunate to have a very forward-thinking, strong mom. Of course, she has taught me many, many things, but the three most important things she has taught me are to be compassionate, stand up for what I believe, and always be curious. I think they have served me well and continue to serve me well.


Beth Kaplan's mother is Summerfield resident Jane Doggett

As a single parent, my mother struggled to provide for my brother and me. While she could not provide a lot of material things, she provided me with values that have helped me thru life.

She taught me the value of always being truthful. The value of keeping your word. And she taught me it was not what you got, but what you gave that made the difference in your life and others.

Happy Mother's Day, Mom. I try every day to make you proud.

BJ Barnes, mayor, SUMMERFIELD

My mother taught me to always trust in the Lord, how to be a good mom, and that pearls are always in style.

Patti Dmuchowski, OAK RIDGE

My grandmother is my mother. She helped my dad raise me and has always been there for me. She bought my high school dance dresses, she was there for my wedding (and paid for my wedding gown). She has always supported me.

She has taught me how to be the best mother I can be to my son, Anders.

She showed me how to be loved and how to love.

She taught me what a wife should be.

She is the most selfless woman you will ever meet.

And she is one of my best friends.

I am the person I am today because of her.

Sierra Walker, SUMMERFIELD

Three things I've learned from my mom:

1. How to show compassion

2. How to have patience, even in times of hardship

3. Giving it a try. Sometimes you just have to have faith that God will show you what steps to take.

Daken Whitaker, OAK RIDGE

Daken Whitaker's mother is Oak Ridge resident Emily-Sarah Lineback

My mom celebrated her 93rd birthday earlier this week. As I've spent more time with her over the past year due to her declining health, I learned that she "played house" as a child, building the outlines of rooms from stones on the hillside below her family's farmhouse in Randolph County. That helped me understand her love of decorating our homes as I grew up.

Despite her frugal, hard-scrabble upbringing, my mom has always been generous to me and my two children. I've told her, but I don't think she could possibly understand how much I appreciate what she's done for her family.


Chris Burritt is a staff writer for PS Communications

Things I learned from my mother:

1) Love your family by working hard and providing for their needs.

2) Love your community by being involved in their programs

3) Love God by serving in his local Church.

Mike Southard, SUMMERFIELD

Mike Southard's mother is Summerfield resident Linda Southard

Three things my Mama taught me:

1. Don't spend more money than you make.

2. Never read "how to" books on child rearing. According to somebody, you are always wrong.

3. Get several good babysitters, use them often.

Jesse Washburn, SUMMERFIELD

My mother, Jean Bichsel, was born in 1920, so she would be 100 this August. She was always very elegant, a very hard worker, and (like so many who grew up during the Great Depression of the last century) hated to toss away or waste anything. She was also an amazing seamstress (she once told me she and her sisters didn't like the styles they saw in the stores - nor the prices! - so they started making their own clothes). She made my wedding dress, and I made my headpiece and veil.

She had many little sayings (clichés, really), which I still remember and use:

"It takes two to tango."

"Two wrongs don't make a right." (One year, for her birthday, I got a custom T-shirt made as a gift. It said: "Two wrongs don't make a right, but two Wrights made an airplane.")

"Women must suffer to be beautiful." (And judging from some of the earrings I inherited from her, this is true.)

I still have - and wear - some of the things she made. In fact, I got a compliment on a top just the other day, and it gave me a wonderful feeling to brag about her talent. She made things to last, too. I donated several of her creations to The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem Costume Shop after Mother's death in 1999. Her "1776 dress," which she made for the Bicentennial in 1976, was still being rented out regularly more than 40 years after she first wore it!

Yvonne Truhon, WINSTON-SALEM

Yvonne Truhon is a graphic artist for PS Communications

What I love about my mom:

She always goes out of her way to help others

She is my biggest fan

She is always there when I need her

Jenna Daniels, SUMMERFIELD

Jenna Daniels is assistant chief of Summerfield Fire Department

Trying to encapsulate all that my mother means to me in three things just doesn't work, and I'm not even counting how thankful I am that she and my dad just pulled up roots and transplanted here.

1. Prayer, as who knows what my life would have been like without God's answers to hers.

2. Creativity, as so many memories are bundled in her home-made cards and gifts, sewing clothes, dolls, quilts, etc., crocheting, oil painting, clever crafting, floral arranging, pie decorating, napkin-folding...and now masks. All done in love.

3. Fun, from games, playing outside, to humor in daily life. She knows how to enjoy living, still.

Terri Hawkins, SUMMERFIELD

I love that my mom is the kindest, most humble, strong-as steel, selfless, saintly person I know. She lost her mother when she was only 8 years old, but somehow figured out how to be the best Mom ever and also a perfect grandmother.

I love that she instilled in me a strong sense of good morals. That's not saying that I have never messed up through the years, but when I did, it was always her face that I would see. She is the one person who I have never wanted to disappoint.

She has taught me to love and revere God. She has taught me to always treat others with kindness. She taught me by example how to be a good mom. She has taught me how to be a decent cook. I learned from her to appreciate a good book and to be crafty. She is 89 years young and she is still my favorite person to hang out with. Most of my best memories include her.


Rene Collins is an admin assistant for PS Communications

My mother, June Bercaw, taught me to have faith in God and to always treat others with respect: the golden rule.

I moved a lot growing up. I was taught that while life might change and definitely isn't always easy, you should keep moving forward; perseverance counts.

Finally, every day should be enjoyed and that there will be sunnier days ahead.


Things I've learned from my mom:

Don't take life too seriously. Lighten things up by making up a poem about everyday situations (the disappearing cookies or fixing things with duct tape and WD-40) or singing a funny song from your childhood or teens (like "Mairzy doats.") It's OK to be silly.

Whenever you feel sorry for yourself, do something nice for somebody else.

Keep learning. Take a class or get someone to teach you. You, too, can learn cake decorating, storytelling or how to play the ukulele.

The time you spend with family and loved ones is something you will never regret and, once it is gone, you can never replace.

Have a routine every day. Waking up early, getting dressed, exercising and studying the Bible provide a great start for each day. Keep yourself active - mentally, physically and spiritually.

We don't always understand life. Everybody has ups and downs. Even if you experience great loss or tragedy, remember that God has a plan.

Sandra Smith, OAK RIDGE

Sandra Smith is Oak Ridge's town clerk

Here are 3 things I love about my mom:

Her strength. My mom is the strongest woman I know - she always stands up for what is right and has an unshakable faith.

Her smile and ability to bring light to any situation. My mom has always made me laugh, but more than that, she brings kindness and compassion into every tough situation.

Her spirit. My mom puts her entire heart into everything she does - she is the most dedicated and ambitious person I know.

Hannah Schneider, WASHINGTON, D.C.

My mom died way too early at the age of 49, and I treasure every moment I had with her. She was kindhearted and always looked for ways to help other people, even when she was sick herself.

During the day she worked in a textile mill and afterward came home to work on our farm, look after a house and four kids (two of us were born when she was still a teenager and the other two came when she was in her early 30s).

Mama pushed all of us to be our best. In dying so young, she taught me to never put off the things that I really want to do, but to find a way to do them and enjoy every minute of it. Mama died in 1992 and I think about her every day - her smile, her laugh, her eagerness to hear about all the details of my life and her gift of unconditional love.

Annette Joyce, STOKESDALE

Annette Joyce is a part-time writer for PS Communications

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