Mary Elizabeth was born on May 14. Early on, she
possessed a thirst for knowledge. Languages, literature,
and history intrigued her. When informed she had
to have a study hall in high school, she made it work for her.
The high school Principal was also a history teacher who
taught small groups in the study hall room. Mary Elizabeth
positioned herself to be next to the history class where
she listened and learned; the odious study hall was a history class!
A voracious reader, my mother, Mary Elizabeth was a
creative spirit whose skills were boundless: piano, poetry,
sewing, tailoring as well as traveling. She and her younger sister
both graduated from nursing school as Registered Nurses.
During breaks in nursing school, my mother played the piano.
The others gathered around and sang along. Once my mother
came to the rescue of a fellow student in chemistry class. When
her friend accidently dropped a tray of instruments, the doctor
teaching the class began to raise his voice in anger.
My mother quickly dropped down next to the other
student to help clean up and assumed the blame for the
accident. Since the doctor favored my mother, he soon
dismissed the accident. Knowing the other student was
a good one who happened to be nervous, my mother did
a noble deed. Neither spoke of this while in school. My
mother received an annual Christmas card of thanks.
As a young adult, I read one of the cards and asked my
mother about this nurse. Imagine my pride when I heard
how she saved a fellow student from dismissal from
nursing school! Apparently, the doctor in charge was
notoriously ill-tempered. At that moment, Mary Elizabeth
became my heroine! My mother had compassion for others and
helped when she could. She imparted these lessons to
her four daughters, She and my father believed we should
be reared to be independent females with our own careers.
Thank you, Mom in heaven now. You were a great role model.
You were a wonderful, beautiful mother. On this May 14, I
wish you a Happy Birthday! You are an angel among angels.