She was a woman before her time. She was feisty. She raised three children single-handedly to be smart, independent, and to walk their own paths. Some of that backfired on her, but she had no regrets. She loved to laugh and to make others laugh. She was private, and she was an open book. She loved to give so much so that she never learned to receive. She was giving right up to the end, when she tried to command my cousin to leave her hospital room, so she didn’t have Mom’s last minutes on her mind. My cousins sang her into the next world, and I am so grateful to them for that. Mom was a role-model for many, and a force to be reckoned with. She gave us many gifts, but her greatest gifts were life and an enthusiasm for living and loving.