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Thread: In Loving Memory of my Mom

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Ploss's Halfway House for Homeless Cats

    In Loving Memory of my Mom

    I know we don't have a "Memorial" place for humans, so I'm putting this here.

    31 years ago today my Mom, Joanne Ploss, died at the age of 44 from lung cancer that traveled to her brain. I remember it as if it were yesterday (I was only 19). I didn't get to say goodbye to her as they took her out of my house at 2 a.m. on an ambulance stretcher.

    Mom, you were my best friend, confidante and mentor. You made me laugh when I was sad, taught me everything I know about life. I only wish I was closer to CT so I could commemorate your passing by placing flowers on your grave.

    Rest in peace Mom. I know you're near me because I get signs every once in a while. I only wish you lived long enough to meet your granddaughter Amy. She is the spitting image of you.

    Love and hugs,



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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Haines, Alaska!

    Happy Birthday Joanne Ploss. You are dearly missed by all those you left on this earth.

    Dogs: Nova, Konnor and Sitka

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Not a day goes by that I do not miss my natural mom.



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Concordia Lutheran Home in Cabot
    Donna, I wish I were there in person to give you {{{{HUGS}}}} on this sad anniversary. My dad passed away nov, 9 2000. He would have been 100 on dec. 3rd.

  5. #5
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    Feb 2004
    Seven Mile Ford, Va
    I miss my brother n law Stoney who was born on Oct 31 1964 & died Feburary 21 1993 due to a drowning accident.....

    Hugsssssssssssssssss to you Donna

  6. #6
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    Oct 2003
    Middle TN, United States
    Happy Birthday, Joanne Ploss. Hugs to you Donna on this day, I know your mother is watching over you on this day and everyday of your life.


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  7. #7
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    Jul 2003
    ((((HUGS)))) Donna.

    From Decker with Love

  8. #8
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    Feb 2002
    Montreal, Canada
    What a beautiful and endearing tribute to your Mom Donna.

    I am so sorry that you lost your Mom at such a young age.
    Rest in Peace Joanne Ploss. You sound like you were one special lady.

    R.I.P. my Precious Katie, Katie Pretty Lady.
    Oct. 1991 - Oct. 9, 2005
    R.I.P. my Beloved Wild Hair Wee Willy Winky
    April 8, 2005 - June 19, 2009
    R.I.P. my best friend Buddy.
    Sept. 1993 - Feb. 04, 2010
    R.I.P. my handsome Mooky.
    July 24, 2002 - April 1, 2010

  9. #9
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    Oct 2000
    Los Angeles, CA USA
    Dear Donna,

    What a loving tribute to your Mom.

    I am sure she knows what is in your heart.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    My life is God filtered :)
    Beautiful tribute Donna. {{{HUGS}}} to you on this sad anniversary. As the others have said, she is watching over you.
    Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand and strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming WOO HOO - What a Ride!

    Sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see
    --Polar Express

    Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Stockport. England
    {{{Hugs}}} Donna - what a beautiful tribute to a beautiful Mum who died much too young.

    I'm sure she's looking down, so proud of her wonderful daughter - and sending her love xxxx

    Time spent with cats is never wasted

    RIP Dear Dan xxx

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Chicagoland, IL
    Beautiful tribute to your dear mother. As others have said, I'm sure she is watching over you, and she knows how dearly you love her. It can never be easy to lose a mother, but losing her at so young an age to a disease like that is truly tragic.

    Rest in peace Joanne.
    Mom to Raven and Rudy the greyhound

    Missing always: Tasha & Tommy, at the Rainbow Bridge

  13. #13
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    Feb 2004
    I'm so sorry!

  14. #14
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    Jun 2000
    Waltham, MA, USA

    Our mothers make us,
    raise us, teach us,
    and then, at least the best ones,
    let us go.

    sometimes much too soon,
    we must return the gift
    and let them go,
    sometimes all at once,
    sometimes bit by painful bit.

    But, just as they
    did not completely let us go,
    still worrying in secret
    when we were silent too long,
    or made choices they didn't understand
    still loving us
    despite silence, or physical distance
    remembering our birthdays
    when we weren't paying attention ourselves

    We, too, will not let go.
    We will keep their love with us
    keep a smile, a bit of laughter
    a half-remembered (heart-remembered) lullaby
    And all they taught us,
    intentionally or not

    We will forever be our mother's daughters
    every bit as much as we are their free, grown children
    And in the shape of our eyes, perhaps,
    the line of a jaw, the timbre of voice
    and the stories we tell their grandchildren

    We carry our mothers with us, for everyone to see.
    (And marvel at: they live on, still.
    Death never wins.)

    Originally written for my friend Christine, on the loss of her mother Maureen Langlois, who died of cancer not long after my mom died of ALS.

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    ~Kimmy, Chipper, Zam, Logan, Raptor, Nimrod, June, Mei, Jasper, Esme, Lucy Inara, & Morla
    RIP my sweet Kia

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