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Readers of The Oklahoman's Mood recall special stories of their mothers in time for Mother's Day

The Oklahoman's Mood section requested that readers submit photos and special memories they hold dear of their mothers.
BY HEATHER WARLICK Published: May 8, 2012

Editor's note

Sunday is Mother's Day, and we want to help our readers honor their mothers in print. Mothers make an indelible mark on their children, whether they are birth mothers, adoptive mothers, mothers-in-law or just mother figures. Here are short stories from several loyal readers whose mothers have shared special life lessons with their children.

We hope you'll take the time on Mother's Day to honor your mother by recalling the life lessons she taught you, funny stories from your childhood or aspects of your mother's personality that you admire. Put these memories on paper, share them with your children and, if your mother is still alive, thank her for all she did for you growing up.

Always a teacher

If you homeschooled six children from 1983 to 2009, would you immediately return to the Oklahoma City Public Schools as a first-grade teacher? Most women couldn't and wouldn't do that. My mother, Sally White, has been a teacher all of her adult life. She encouraged my love of reading and suffered through high school algebra with me. She taught me to cook and to embroider. She taught me to fight for myself and for the people I love. She taught me that the best lessons are in my past and my family's past. I am continually realizing lessons she taught me when I was young, and am grateful for the lessons she continues to teach me.

Mom, thanks for loving me, my siblings, and your first-grade class enough to teach us who we can be and to love us when we seem unteachable.

— Abigail White

Missing Mama

My mama — Mamie L. Brown (11/22/1929-3/12/2008) — she was an amazing woman. She was my go-to person ... in good and bad times. I always felt loved and a tremendous amount of comfort and joy, just hearing her voice. Not only was she my mom, but she was my best friend. Her most treasured time was with family, especially her grandkids. See the website I created for my mama at

— Adrienne Perry

Cultural contributions remembered

One of the outstanding memories that we have of our mother, Anita Martinez, was in 1983 she was employed by the Salvation Army as the director of the only Spanish-speaking Senior Center in Oklahoma, La Puerta de Oro. The Folklife Festival committee was looking for traditional Mexican music to represent Oklahoma at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. for the 100th Diamond Jubilee. Anita's band, “Los Viejitos,” was chosen to represent Oklahoma. They were showcased with the likes of Bob Wills, Bill Monroe, Johnny Lee Wills, Pedro Ayla, Lydia Mendoza, and many others.

— The Martinez Siblings

Work ethic admired

I always thought my mother, Joyce Marie (Walker) Ruggles, (4/8/1920-8/9/1983) was the most beautiful lady in the world. She taught me good manners: “Yes sir,” “No sir” and “You are welcome.” Always respect authority but don't let anyone take advantage of you.

Her kids were the most important people in her life. She would fight a circle saw for them.

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