To Rosemary and The Unsung Heroines
ALOHA, ALL –
It’s been a sad week. My wonderful mother-in-law passed away on Tuesday night. She was a real spit-fire….100% Irish and not afraid to show it! Born in 1927, she grew up in the generation that went through depression, war, poverty and so many challenges that we can’t even begin to imagine. Mom had 4 sisters and 3 brothers. Her parents were Irish immigrants (from “The Old Sod”) who worked hard to make sure their family had a better life than the one they experienced. A devoutly religious person, her Irish Catholic upbringing gave Mom strength of character and strength of convictions. When she met her dashingly handsome future husband, an ace fighter pilot, she had plenty of suitors but knew she had found a gem of a man who shared her values and dreams. As a young bride, she followed him to Guam even though she had lived her entire life in Cleveland, Ohio . She moved to Europe and other duty stations, always acting the ever present military wife. While Dad’s military duties called, she raised 3 amazing sons – each one now a doctor, each one now a wonderful person. She frequently had no idea where Dad was for months at a time. His missions were secret and she supported his service to the country 100%.
Mom typified the “grace under fire” that so many military wives possessed during the World War II era. She knew that her husband’s career could be vastly helped by how she reacted to the pressures of their unpredictable life. She lived her life nobly, courageously and to the fullest! I know she has a strong spot in heaven…and I know she is bragging to everyone there about her husband and family. She has a right to do so – she helped make them what they are. God bless you, Mom, and all the unsung heroines of your era. All of you served your God, family and country well – on the homefront and even in the service. I dedicate this edition of the HDR to you, Mom.
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
Mom will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery. A fitting tribute for an unsung heroine. Her beloved husband will join her there when his time comes. A true American patriot, he is now 98 years old.