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Mary Kay

Q: What is your earliest memory of your mother? A: The earliest memory of my mother was when I was about 4 and fell down and cracked open the back of my head. I had a bed for my dolls that was a rocker and I tried to stand on each side and rock. Mom didn’t drive at the time and we couldn’t find dad so we had to call Uncle Bud to come and take us to the hospital. Mom sat in backseat with me and stayed with me while I had to get stitches.

Q: What is your earliest memory of time spent as a family? A: I remember every Sunday we would go visit Grandma Eisaman. We’d drive up to Akron and spend the afternoon visiting.

Q: What is your favorite childhood memory of your mother? A: This may sound odd but one memory I love from when I was younger was when my mother would be talking on the phone to her best friend Jean. I only heard her side of the conversation and often couldn’t even tell what they were talking about, but she always seemed happy and the conversations were always filled with a lot of laughter.

Q: What is your least favorite childhood memory with your mother? A: Least favorite memory was one time my mother got very mad at me. It was a spring day, one of those that seem so warm yet in reality was probably only around 60 degrees. I came home from school and wanted to change into shorts to go out to play and she wouldn’t let me out of the house that way.

Q: When Kay moved out of her apt and into Beth and Joe’s house what were your how did you feel about the initial decision to move? A: When my mom started talking about moving into Beth’s house, I didn’t think it was such a great idea. I had a feeling there would be issues between Beth and my mother. I was glad for her safety, knowing she wasn’t alone and I knew she would love being with the girls but overall I didn’t think things would go so well.

Q: What is your favorite memory of your mom from your 20, 30, and 40s, 50s? A: 20’s – I was in college and working a couple jobs , basically just getting tired of never having any time and I told her I was thinking of quitting school. She somehow managed to give me $1000, hoping I could stop working so much. She really wanted me to graduate. Instead I put in in the bank, worked more but was able to go to Europe for the summer after I graduated. 30’s – Mom retired from her job at Penney’s but moved to Calgary and worked for Jack. It was the first time she had gone far away from us. We talked on the phone a lot and she would write and send pictures, but I missed her terribly. I think she really enjoyed her time living in Calgary.

40’s – This is one of my favorite memories of my mother. Just so happened it was during the time I was in my 40’s. She was returning a shirt to SteinMart. When she got to the store and opened her bag to empty onto the counter, she dumped out her garbage. She had picked up the wrong bag when leaving the house. We laughed so hard about that when she was telling me what she had done. One of the many things I loved about her was her ability to laugh at herself. 50’s – Around this time is when Mom started doing the furniture sales, out of town.. She would go away for 3 or 4 months at a time. It started I would drive her to where the sale was, help her get settled then fly home. If it was a far drive I would often drive alone and she would fly out and I would meet her at the other end. I got to meet all the people she worked for and saw how much they all liked her. Everyone always loved mom, she was always very kind and generous. It was often the same group of people and I think that helped in having her be away, knowing they all loved her and would take good care of her.

Q: What is your last memory made with your mother? A: All the time spent with her at Beth and Joe’s house after the fall. How hard it was for her to live like that.

Q: What is the most annoying thing your mother did? A: Always bugging me about my hair.

Q: What was your favorite thing your mother did? A: One time we were shopping together at the mall. We were walking out and there was a young mother with a toddler and she was very angry with the child. She was yelling and hitting the child as she was putting him in the car. Mom told me to get in our car and she walked right up and intervened. She said she knew how hard it was but this was just a small child that looked up to her and she needed to remember and never hurt him. I was afraid this woman would hit mom or something but after they talked for a while she was hugging mom and thanking her and saying how she was going to try harder.

Q: If you could say anything about her now what would it be A: She was a great mother. She treated everyone equal, she was supportive with anything you wanted. She was funny, she appreciated time spent with others. She always accepted you for what you were and always wanted the best for all of us. I loved her and will always miss her.

Mary Kay