My mom passed on today. She would have turned 98 in October. I saw her two weeks ago. She was lucid, but her body was failing her and her system was starting to shut down. She entered hospice last week, and she was more comfortable the last few days of her life.
I made the photo of her at her computer ten years ago and put it together with a photo of her when she was 20 years old working in a radio station. In those days most of the music was live, but she could record the performances by cutting records. She had a collection of 78 rpm records that were mostly commercial recordings, but among the collection were several records that she had cut during her years at the radio station. Most of the records she cut were glass platters, but she had some records that were vinyl on aluminum platters.
She had her Ham radio license when she and my dad started dating. My dad was really into radios, especially Ham radios, so while he was working on getting his Ham license he used her call. When they moved to New Mexico in the early 1950s they got consecutive call letters of W5ADX (dad) and W5ADY (mom). Dad was on his radios to the day he died. I don’t remember mom talking on the radios, but she kept her license active while my dad was alive.
I forget what her formal education was, but she was a good typist and worked as a secretary for the elementary school out here in the mid ’60s. Then she worked as a research tech for the Lovelace Foundation doing experiments on smokers, before she went to work for the YWCA in downtown Albuquerque in the late 1960s. She retired from the YWCA in the mid 1980s.
She volunteered at the Corrales Library after she retired. She read all books by all the local authors, and everyone who used the library knew her. She was active in church all her life, also. She took to computers like the radios of her youth, and had email and the web to keep in touch with friends and family.
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What a remarkable lady with such a full life. Thanks for sharing her, Timothy. Sher and I grieve with you and your family. May Blessings touch you all.
Thanks, Maj & Sher.
Read mine too
My condolences, Tim. Thank you for telling us about her life!
Thanks, Lyn. I appreciate your comment.
May her blessed soul rest in peace. 🙏 She’s had a beautiful, long life. Must be very hard for you and your family. I wish you strength and good health. Condolences 🙏
Thank you for you beautiful comment, Sam.
I’m so sorry, Tim, my heart goes out to you and your family. This is a lovely tribute to your mom.
Thanks, Leah. I appreciate you.
Tim, my condolences to you & your family. It sounds as if your Mom lived a good, long life. And she had many interests and talents. My Grandmother was a Ham Operator, too, She was the first woman Ham Operator in Maine from around the 1940, as I remember. My healing thoughts and prayers are with you at the sad time. 🙏💘 Christine
Thanks, Christine. I was never interested in Ham radio. I was thinking, however, how my dad would talk to people around the country, and around the world, every morning and every evening on his radios. While I never did the radio, I’m basically doing the same thing blogging. A different time. And different technology.
Absolutely, our logging connects us in the same way. My Grandmother, however, had German contacts during the Second World War. She found out if the townsfolk soldier sons were still alive. She took a chance the authorities wouldn’t find out. She was German and at risk of someone hostile to Germans would turn her in as a traitor. Even though she was doing good. Women, like your Mom & my Grandmother were exceptional in their day. 📚🎶 Christine
Amazing to think what they had to deal with.
We can be proud of them. Strong women during their time. 🥳🎶
My grandmother on my dad’s side homesteaded as a single woman in Wyoming in the 1920s.
Tim, that warrants a story. It’s amazing what women did in their day to survive that never get press! I’ve amplified my Grandmother’s hard life in my book. She was a force to reckon with though. I had my trials with her as her not so favorite granddaughter. 📚🎶 Christine
Tim, sincere condolences to you and your family.
Sorry to hear Tim, sounds like a wonderful mother. Unfortunately, I know how difficult it is to lose a loved one, but glad you were at least able to see her before her passing. Very nice tribute picture, one to cherish forevermore. With deepest sympathies…
Thanks for the wonderful comment, Brian. I appreciate it.
My thoughts and prayers are with you. It is so difficult to say goodbye. You paid her a lovely tribute in this post ❤
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your mother, Tim. She was a beautiful, highly intelligent woman and good soul. I do love that photo you made of her at two different points in her life. It is wonderful you had such a long time with her. She picked a beautiful day to leave this life. She will get flowers planted here, your father too.
Thanks, Lavinia. I rally appreciate you.
Oh Tim, a beautifully poignant tribute celebrating a life well lived. I loved the photo of your mother on her computer and at the radio station, a reminder of all the history she experienced during her lifetime. The call letters of W5ADX and W5ADY are love letters. How wonderful that she read all the books of local authors. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. Don and I send our deepest condolences.
Thanks, Rebecca. As I just commented to Christine, that while I never did radio, blogging is similar. Now that I think about it email replaced the radio for mom.
Thank you Tim, for sharing some memories of your mother. Sending my condolences to you and your family at this sad time.
Thank you Juanita.
Timothy,my most sincere sympathy to you and your family. I am very sorry for your loss. Your mom was a remarkable woman and how beautiful you wrote about her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Thanks, Gabriela. I appreciate your. Your book Woman came in today.
Timothy, I am glad the book came but please know that right now my thoughts are with you and your family.
I only mentioned it because of your title. “Woman” came on the same day my mom passed. It seemed providential.
I see. Timothy, I suffered so much when I lost my mother so again my prayers are with you and your family. May she Rest In Peace 🤗
Sorry to read about your loss.
With my condolences I need to say, you shared a wonderful collage in images and words as a loving afterglow.
My sincere condolences for the loss of your mother. Even though she had reached a blessed age, it is and will always be difficult to cope with this loss.
Thank you for the beautiful text you wrote here about your mother, it gives us a picture of the person she was.
Lots of strength in these difficult moments Timothy.
My condolences on the passing of your mum. And thank you for sharing a bit of her life here with us. Many blessings to you and your family.
What a wonderful lady in every way, Timothy, I’m so sorry. You take care, Your mam is always your mam, it doesn’t matter how old you get. That is a lovely photo of her BTW, so young with everything before her. Just think of her on these call letter in the sky x
Thanks, Shey. I really appreciate you.
You are than welcome. Hard to lose your mum xxxxxxx
So sorry to read this sad and painful news about your mother. She was a wonderful woman and led a pretty full life. The combination of the two photographs is so beautiful.
My deepest condolences for the loss of your mother. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Thanks, Herman. She had a good long life.
I am so sorry Tim. What a beautiful tribute of her life… Her sitting by the computer is so wonderful. I’m happy you saw her just recently. Sending you my deepest sympathies.
So sorry for the loss of your mom. Too much sadness these past few days. Many condolences to your family.
Thanks, David. Too many losses in a short period.
A very fine and long life. You’ll all miss her dreadfully but you obviously have many wonderful memories.
My sincere condolences to you Tim, this is a difficult time to go through, I wish you strength and comfort. Your mother was a great Lady.
Thanks, Flo. I hope all is well with you?
So very sorry for your loss, My Friend! She sounds like an amazing woman and a Mom that will be dearly missed and remembered forever in your hearts!! Treasure your memories and moments with her. Put them down on paper as reminders of what you shared together!
Wishing you peace and comfort in your time of loss!
Always happy to read and share your posts, Tim! 😁✨🎁👍
I’m so sorry about your mom it is hard losing a parent I was 13 when I lost my dad back in 1993 I was only in sixth grade at that time
Thanks, Nicole. That’s really difficult when you were so young.
Oh, Tim, I’m so sorry, my dear friend. No words are comforting enough… Beautiful woman and I love that photo you created of her. Sending you and your family my thoughts.
Thanks, Marina. Your words are wonderful.
Words escape me. They often seem empty at times like this anyway. Hoping the best for you and your family. We don’t need nor expect a reaponse.
Thanks, Dawn. I know the feeling. So often words escape me, also.
I’m very sorry. I will be thinking of you and your family as you mourn a good life, well spent. Your picture shows she was as beautiful as an older lady as she was when young. You clearly inherited some of her passions and qualities.
What an amazing woman! My heart goes out to you. Even when it’s time, it’s hard to lose a Mom.
I’m so very sorry for your loss. A lovely tribute to your mom.
Our condolences to you and your family, Tim.
This is very unfortunate. Please, accept my condolences. But, hey he was just a cute symbol of motherhood.
You are welcome
I’m so sorry to hear this, Tim. It sounds as though she had a long, full life–and I have no doubt, a loving son–and in the end, that’s about all any of us can hope for. She will live on in your memories and all who knew her. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Oh no. I am so sorry, Tim. The photo you made of her is absolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing about her life, she sounds like an intelligent and interesting woman, I can see where you get some of your talents and interests! RIP.
prayers and sympathies… that is a lovely picture you did .. Blessings…
Thanks, China Dream.
La vida tienes sus maneras de inspirarnos, inherarnos because life this woman is real.
I’m so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a remarkable woman. I hope that your memories will be a source of comfort. Thinking of you and your family during this time.
Thanks, JYP. I appreciate your thoughts.
Please accept my sympathy, Tim. What a fascinating woman, wife and mother!
I’m so sorry. That is a beautiful photo you made. It sounds like she had a nice long life. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
My condolences, Tim. Your tribute was deeply moving to me. And such a lovely photo. She surely was a remarkable person. And lucky to have a loving and caring son.
Thanks, Socratis. I really apprecaite your comment and I happy you got to the the dribute.
I’m so sorry Tim, she seems lovely. May Christ have mercy on you in your sorrow. Best wishes.
Timothy, I’m so sorry to hear that your mother passed. I hope your memories of her will sustain you in this hard time. 🌹
Thanks, Holly. I appreciate you.
I appreciate you very much dear Timothy.
BTW I uploaded new songs to SoundCloud. You might like this one: https://soundcloud.com/user-334086053/manifistations-of-monring-sounds
I can’t wait to hear it. On my break I’ll be listening. Thanks 😊
I think you might relate to it.
I absolutely love this! Beautiful lyrics and music, ahhh, thank you Timothy, I’m so glad I got to hear this. It’s wonderful. 🌹
You are welcome. I’m really happy you liked it.
You’re a genius! Loved it, saved it.
Perfect. Some of the songs I have on SoundCloud you have heard, but I think there are other songs you haven’t heard if you get bored and want to explore.
Definitely something wonderful to listen to Timothy, thank you!
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Hi Timothy, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, who sounds like a wonderful woman who lived a full life. My condolences to you and your family.
Bro. Death is certain. You should be happy that she will go in new world.
Precious memories! I’m sorry for your loss.
She sounded like a lovely lady, Timothy. I hope your heart finds peace.
Thanks, Eleanor. I appreciate you.
My condolences to you and your family. She sounds remarkable! Thank you for sharing! Take care!
Thanks, Al. I appreciate it.
Lovely tribute to your mother. My she rest in peace.
Sorry for your loss. God bless and beautiful post. 🤗
You’re welcome . You will be in my prayers at church along with many others . I just lost my uncle to cancer this past Friday . I am destraught but no where near where my aunt must be or his son, my cousin. My cousin Carl is visiting and I’m so grateful he is with us right now . It’s hard knowing uncle Carl is in heaven and not with us . I’m happy he’s at peace but it’s hard losing such a good person . We all have to be there for each other . Life’s hard enough without trying to take on loss alone . God bless .
I’m so sorry to hear your uncle lost his battle. I’ve been through two bouts with cancer. I have lost close friends to cancer, close friends that were been killed while riding their bikes, and one of my uncles was hit by a car last year and killed. Each blow is harder and harder to deal with. You just never know when your time is up. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers. Bless you Brittny.
Thank you Timothy . Much much appreciated. I will do the same for you. I’m so sorry for your losses. It is really crazy how fast people are gone. Bless you too. Be safe
wow Timothy, this is so touching and I LOVE the picture captured so beautifully of a wonderful life. I have tears as I type these word at the admiration and love you have of your mother. She had such a rich and wonderful life and I love that she continued growing and following her heart. You must have gotten your gifts in music from both your mom and your dad. this is such a heartwarming tribute. She was so beautiful and soulful it seems. I’m glad you got to see her when she was lucid and hope that gives you solace as you grieve and celebrate her life. My sincerest sympathy Tim. What beautiful sunrises to send her on for a safe and joyful crossing. All my love and big hugs.
Thank you for the wonderful comment, Cindy. As it turned out, mom had written her own obituary. My sister found it on mom’s computer. All three of us kids learned details of things we only had vague ideas about in her self expressed obituary. You can read it at the following link if you would like: https://www.frenchfunerals.com/obituary/Barbara-Price
oh my goodness.. this is sooooo wonderful.. thanks for sharing it. My friend just died and left one too and I might post it because it’s touching and very funny.. I’m saving the link. thanks for sharing it with me. 🙏
oh I couldn’t resist and went there now. Such a brilliant idea and such an amazing life she lived. she gives me hope I can read through some books and not only blogs someday.. lol🤣❣️❣️
You have that to look forward to.
Amen to that!❣️❣️
Tim, I am sorry to read about your Mom’s death. Her faith served her well. She was quite the pioneer on many fronts. I remember her as a “safe haven” in the office at Sandoval Elementary. Would be just like her to write her own obituary, making this task easier for her kids. I trust you find comfort knowing she lived a very long life on her terms and she must have been awfully proud of her family. Thank you for sharing this life milestone with us.
Hi Guy. Thanks for you wonderful comment. How are you doing these days? I think the last time we saw each other was at your mom’s funeral. You remember Joel Lewis? He’s been in town a few times this year dealing with family. He lost his step dad and paternal dad. He was here this past week checking on his mom. We’re all losing our parents.
Of course we remember Joel – I didn’t realize he lost both Dads… Yes, it is a sign of a long life when one says good bye to parents,.. but better than the other way around. I have always admired your many talents – a bit of a renaissance man in my mind. Barbara must have been happy with how you “turned out”. These are times when we have to give thanks for the life we are given and the people we meet. Growing up in Corrales was a gift. Keep doin’ what you’re doing, you bring a lot of light into the world.
Thanks, Guy. Joel will be very excited that you commented. He asks about Meredith. Meredith and I keep in touch with her working and APS and ARC consulting for APS. We run into each other at stores every now and then.
Barbara had an amazing life! She was definitely ahead of her time.
Tim, thank you for sharing these bits about your mom and dad!
May she Rest In Peace! My heart is with you.
May I also add how much I like your opening shot, and that she was very beautiful!
Thanks, Resa. Mom was ahead of her time.
Best to you, Tim!!! xoxoxo
Oh Tim, I’m so very sorry. Thinking of you and your family. She sounded like a great girl .. Mums are so very special ..
Thanks, Julie. They are.
Very Good one.
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Hi Tim. I’m sorry to have missed this about your mom. It is a lovely tribute. What an amazing life. Sending sincere condolences. Hugs on the wing.
Your tribute is so filled with love and admiration for your lovely mother’s life Timothy. I wrote a similar tribute to my mother if you would like to read on my blog. The photo of your mother’s past and present image is both beautiful and melancholy, as is life🌸
Thanks, Kathy. Do you have a link to your tribute to you mother?
Beautiful tribute, Kathy.
I’m sorry for your loss! My condolences for you and your family.
I am sorry for your loss Tim. Thank you for sharing your memories of her as she sounds like a remarkable woman as is shown in your writing of her. May she Rest In Peace and she will Aways be proud of you…
Thanks, Drunken Chef.
Timothy, I’m so sorry your mother passed away. I know how sad that is.
My mother passed away 10 years ago and I still miss her.
Thank you for sharing this with me today, Timothy. I somehow missed this one. I offer my deepest condolences. She sounded like a wonderful woman full of vitality (which she has passed on to her son, I don’t doubt!)
Hugs from Montreal.
Sorry I missed this post, belated condolences to you and your family. What a fabulous photo merge you did of your younger mother with the overlay I bet she loved it.
I wish you belated condolences to you and your family. I am sorry for your loss. I know your grief.
My mother passed away on the same day. August 23.
Thanks, unholyoursuit. My condolences as well. How old was you mother?
My mother was in her 80’s
She had a good long life.
How long was yours with you?
She was 97. She would have tuned 98 in October.
Wow! You have a century worth stories she told you. 🙂 A centenarian. I think when one get that close to 100, they are a centenarian.
My grandmother on my dad’s side lived to be 101. I have a friend who is 101 going on 102.
Wow! I’ve heard of people living that long but never met any one older than mid-late 80’s. I do wish my parents and grandparents could have lived much longer. Some died so young I never knew them.
Our daughter was fortunate to know her grandparents and great grandmother. My mom’s mom died young.
I wish my children had been that fortunate. I never knew any of my grandparents for they all died quiet young. One grandfather died at 39.
Then you know you have the genes for a long life. 🙂
Not really. I’ve already been through two cancers.
I’m terrible sorry to hear that. I hope you are cured or in remission.
I’m glad to read that. I hope for both types of cancer?
They were the same.
Oh, the same cancer returned and went into remission. Maybe it’s gone for good this time.