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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Rita's Legacy

My dear sweet mother-in-law went home to her Lord this morning around 3:00. Her passing was peaceful, which was a blessing. And the most amazing thing is that she passed on May 3, which is the exact date that her husband Gene died, 20 years ago today. God is good. All the time.

This is the art piece I worked on all week: Rita's Legacy. In fact, I finished it only last night. She is the mother of 10, grandmother of 30, great grandmother of 15. I wanted to honor that in some visual way. So I decided to depict each family member with a heart, symbolizing her love. The blue hearts represent children and thier spouses (because we all felt her motherliness also, in very strong ways), the orange hearts represent grandchildren, and the lime green represent great grandchildren. I chose the "tree" format to symbolize her family tree; I spraypainted lilac branches silver. When the hearts were all added--with wire and beads--it looked like it still needed something, so I added the ribbons for color and to represent our prayers.

It felt good doing this piece, to honor a lady who is the epitome of the word mother. For those of us for whom she was not our actual mother, she was still our role model of a mother. Rest in peace, dearest Rita. You will be missed.


  1. What a lovely tribute to a woman who,obviously,was well-loved and much-admired. My condolences to you and your family and all who knew and loved her.
    It sounds like she was a woman who I will be dissapointed to have never known.
    Try to mourn her death by celebrating her life! Although you may not see her..she is with you all.

  2. Thank you so much Ann for your kind words.

  3. Strength and prayers to all the family! It is definitely a warm blessing, a lovely remembrance you've created!

  4. Beautiful, Marge. She knows and is so pleased.