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Thanks, Mom

For Mother’s Day, The Times asked several local people share some of the lessons they learned from their mother and what comes to mind when they think of her.

These are their stories.

Steve Glover, son of Virginia Glover

“My mother was always very good at encouraging us; she always encouraged me to excel and to do the best that I could at whatever I tried. She was always behind me in everything I did.

“She loved me, my brother and my sister unconditionally. 

“She also loved to host big family dinners and was a very good cook. Our extended family enjoyed many dinners together hosted by my mom.”

Carolina Booth, daughter of Luz Afanador

“My mother’s name means ‘Light,’ and I think that’s what she was for her kids.

‘‘Her mother passed away when she was young, and she raised her siblings.

“We always had chores at home. I didn’t like it back then, but we had to do it.

“She always showed me to put service above self. She is in the restaurant business, and if a homeless person needs something to eat, they know where to go. She taught me about giving back.

“Now she has Parkinson’s and she can’t travel to see us, so now we go to Colombia to see her. But like she does, she’s started a support group for people with Parkinson’s. 

“She’s taught me about being strong.

“She’s also always told me, ‘The sky’s the limit,’ and ‘Don’t let people tell you who your are, you discover yourself.’”

Joe Palmer, son of Irma Palmer

“Both of my parents taught us to be respectful. Respecting everyone, and especially adults, was a big thing in our household.

“My mother grew up as a farm girl. Hard work never hurt anybody, in her book. She always worked hard.

“And respect, that was always the big thing.”

Karen Gregerson, daughter of Edna Crawford

“My mom was born in Madison, Wisconsin, which is how became a Green Bay Packer fan. She was born in 1941 and is 77 years old. I’m blessed to still have her in my life. She shows her love through food. I remember a group of us in the neighborhood went caroling in Marion. Now that makes us sound like we were all angels, but no, it wasn’t quite like that.

“When we got back back to had a big pot of hot chocolate, dozens of cookies and breads.

“When I was on the residents hall staff in college, Mom sent me a big box of baked goods with enough to feed the whole floor. 

“And when our our son was in seminary (in Ohio), she sent him enough to feed his entire floor. And then she said, ‘While he’s in Italy, so far away from home – they don’t celebrate Christmas the way we do – and he’s got to have all the goodies. I told her, ‘Well, Mom, if you make them, I’ll ship them.’ That cost $200.

“So hospitality is a gift she’s given me. We celebrate big style with food.”

Jeff Chynoweth, son of Mary Lou Chynoweth

“My mom never said a bad word about anyone; she was so kind-hearted. She had 8 kids, six sons and two daughters - a good Catholic woman. She was hoping for a priest, but that didn’t happen.

“She was always positive, loved children and never spoke ill about anybody. That was a good lesson for me. I don’t always follow it, but that was the kind of role model she was and I try to be.

“She was also always fair.

“I get my love for music from my mom, who played keyboards. There was always music in our house.

“My spiritual side comes from her, too. She tried to still it in all of us, and I’m the one who carries it on.

When the subject of spirituality comes up with my brothers and sisters – although I never bring it up myself – I always tell them, ‘Blame your mother.’”

Tina Stock, daughter of Norma Marcum

“I think my mom is one of the most kind, thoughtful people I know. She’s always so quick to do things for other people. She has always been willing to help out wherever she can. She is always helping family, particularly.

“She taught me that’s just the way life is. That’s what you do.

“She’s also a great cook. I learned to appreciate great food and how to cook from her.”

Jim Siegfried, son of Ruth Siegfried

“My mother grew during the early farms, shucking corn by hand and working in the gardens and everything else.

“She knew when it was time for me to go to college, we were going to need extra money, so she took a job with Merle and Truman Smith built Smith Motel and mother volunteered to go down to do housekeeping work for the hotel to gain extra money for me to go to college.

“What I gained from that was her work ethic. She always told us, ‘If you’ve got a job to do, do it and do it right,’ and she he was always active.

“When she was 92, she had gall bladder surgery. A week later, my (late wife) Barbara was going by her house and saw her outside shoveling snow.”

Todd Corrie, son of Katie Corrie

“My mom is just like me. She taught me to be who you are, enjoy life and don’t worry about what other people think you should be or do. Do what ever you want to do - as long as you’re trying to make a difference.

“She a fun-loving person, and that’s where I get it from, too.

“She’s a hoot.

“She’s the best, and I love her to death.”