Thursday, December 5, 2013

Margie Francis Hinton, A Tribute to my Mom…

stuff062I find I hard to believe… the lady who brought me into this world is no longer a part of it… My mother has passed away after living a full 87 years!

I was born in 1955 in the  town only 17 miles from where she died.Now I will return on Saturday to lay her to rest.. My father proceeded her in death by more than 10 years and now she will at last be rejoined with him.

My parents grew up in the tail end of the depression and much of what they taught me was based upon the hard life education they gleaned from that era. When I was born my father was enlisted in the United States Air Force after having served in both World War II and in the Korean Conflict. I am so very proud of him… but even more proud of my mother who was left behind and who through her strength upon his return from conflict built a family in the midst of uncertainty in light of his wartime disabilities.

My sister was born three years before imageme.  By the time I was born my parents had settled down only 17 miles from the place they would both eventually perish… how odd that is to me to reflect that this is where my life began. I didn’t live very long in Wichita Falls, Texas because from there my father’s military service carried us throughout the USA, over the Atlantic Ocean and all over Europe. While my father was solving military issues my mother steadily cared for her children. She was not only my mother, she was my cub scout leader, my Little League coach… my compass in life….

imageExtraordinarily I lived in many states and overseas in Germany but my mother made it seem so innocuous to me. How perfect it was as a child to be so clueless to your surroundings… what a perfect mother to protect and shield her children from all the shortcomings of society. Yet she instilled in me the values so important to humankind.

As I grew up and entered my teenage years there is no doubt that I was quite a challenge… after all I was a teenager during the waning years of the flower power era… hippies, drugs, sex and rock and roll! It must have been so hard for those of her generation to understand the sweeping changes about to occur in the youth of America. Yet she endured and continued her teaching of values, mores and simply what was right… integrity, honesty and trustworthiness. Steadfast and good traits one would hope to find in any human being.

Oldphotos824I left the house when I was barely 18 and like my father enlisted in the military… the United States Air Force. Unlike my father the military way of life was not my calling and I was honorably discharged after one term of service during the Vietnam era. I never saw Vietnam as I was entrusted to oversee the maintenance of many Minuteman Missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads to places unknown. After leaving South Dakota and returning back to Texas it wasn’t long before I found my soul mate Sharon and we were married in 1975.

Oldphotos847We were married nearly 6 years when I told my mother that it was unlikely that she would have any grandchildren from us… She cried, but little did I know when I informed her of that decision Sharon was pregnant with our first born child and her first grandchild… she was elated!. Eight years later we thought there would be only one grandchild for Margie but Sharon was once again pregnant and Margie had a granddaughter to go along with her grandson, the first of both for her…

Sharon and I raised our children with same values my mother taught me… She was very proud of both of them… I only wish she had been able to know them and my son’s family better but as my parents aged health issues seemed to plague them keeping them very close to home. Could we have visited more? Certainly. However life has a way of accelerating when you least expect it and before we knew it the kids were graduated from high school and leading their own lives.

Crazy to think how fast time travels when yet there are times that it seemingly crawls at a snails pace. Then before you know… life ends and no longer exists… it did so for my mom on December, 3, 2013… Mom, I am so glad you are no longer in pain!

I Love you Mom and please say hello to dad for me…

28 comments:

  1. What a wonderful and touching story! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

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  2. A beautiful tribute to your Mother.
    Our thoughts are with you.

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  3. So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. What a great tribute you have written.

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  4. Sorry to hear of your Mom. It sounds like she lived a good life.

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  5. A very nice tribute. Sorry for your loss. She lived a full life.

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  6. We send our condolences on your mom's passing. This tribute to her is just beautiful. Needed to find the kleenex box after reading this post.

    Gotta comment on the 70s version of you--quite the 'stache and sideburns!

    Safe travels to Texas.

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  7. So sorry for your loss. You Mother will be remembered forever by you and many others. A lovely tribute.

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  8. This is a wonderful and moving tribute to your mother. I am sure she is very proud of you. My mother's name was Margie too. Seems that name goes with strong wonderful women. I lost my Margie nearly 25 years ago to ALS and miss her every day. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  9. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

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  10. We are so sorry to hear of your loss…this was a really lovely tribute to your mom. We can certainly see how well she taught you life's lessons and feel honored and privileged to know you. You are in our thoughts and prayers...

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  11. Love your story and so very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you.

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  12. So sorry forq your loss. Sounds like she was a fine woman and mother.

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  13. What a wonderful life story - your mom is what used to be called "the salt of the earth." We sure could use lots more people like her in this crazy world. I'm so sorry for your loss, but it sounds like she led a full life with lots of love and now she's again with your dad. May she rest in peace.

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  14. What a beautiful tribute to your mom, sounds like a wonderful woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  15. We so appreciate your comments...you have touched our hearts

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  16. You will miss your mother. What a wonderful woman and a lovely tribute.

    Precious memories will continue to enrich your life.

    Blessings

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  17. Very nice tribute. Have a safe trip back to Texas.

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  18. Sending sincere condolences your way. It's never easy saying good-bye. Thank you for sharing your lovely story.

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  19. A beautiful tribute to your Mom, Sorry for your loss.

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  20. We are so very sorry for your profound loss. May she rest in peace.

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  21. Oh how sad...the loss of your mother...so sorry.

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  22. What a wonderful loving mother you had. I am sure she and dad are talking about old times and remembering how wonderful day children are.
    Please know that you both are in our thoughts and prayers for strength and comfort.

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  23. A great tribute, we grieve with thee.

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  24. We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. What a nice tribute you wrote.

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