Mary Layden Williams
10/13/22 - 1/09/12
There are many types of love, the love that God has for us, the love of a husband and wife, love of a parent for a child and of a child for their parents - plus many, many more. I want to dedicate this card today to my mother, Mary Layden Williams. They say when you become a mother it is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
My mother lived an eventful life for all of her 89 years. She grew up during the Great Depression and had "not so fond" memories of picking cotton as a young girl. She enrolled in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II. After the war, she married my father in July of 1950 in a little Baptist church near where she grew up. She gave birth to a daughter and an only child in March 1952. She continued to nurse in a local hospital until I was older and then devoted herself to being a parent and homemaker. My mother suffered emotional distress from all the casualties she encountered and was frequently a patient in various VA hospitals. Other than these stays in the hospital, she lived a full and enriched life with a husband devoted to her, her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. About five years ago my mother was admitted to a nursing home. She fell and broke her hip and was never able to walk again unassisted and also suffered from dementia. My mother and I were great friends and spent many hours together in her later life after I retired. Some of my fondest memories after she went to the nursing home are the car trips we made all over the county of her birth. I think we traveled every road in Perquimans County. While driving, I would ask her if she knew where we were and she would say "no", to which I would reply "neither do I"! We had a great laugh over this and also when I would ask her how old she was. She never remembered and when I responded she would look at me in amazement and then we would laugh at that too.
Thank you for taking the time to read my tribute. I am thankful for all the prayers I have received from my blogging friends.