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My mother had a difficult life. She was born to a Methodist minister and his wife who had planned to go to India as missionaries. Shortly before they were to leave, he contracted tuberculosis, so was eliminated at that time from becoming a missionary. They took a pastorate in the small town of Columbus, NM, where Pancho Villa had raided and killed most of the men. My grandfather was hoping the dry air would help him to get over the tuberculosis, but it didn't. My grandmother did most of the pastoral duties, while his main duty was to pray. My mother was born there. At the age of 2, she got juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, though at the time they did not know what it was. My grandfather was very afraid he had given her something called tubercular bones.

After a while they moved to El Paso, TX, when the small church got another pastor. My grandmother got a teaching job in El Paso, and eventually got a Master of Arts degree in Education. She taught in the public schools there for over 40 years as well as nursing her husband and helping her little daughter. My mother's arthritis was very active during her growing years since her skeletal structure was very altered from what is normal. One leg was 4 inches shorter than the other and her arms were shorter than usual compared to her height. She did well in school, but was bullied since she was not very adept socially and was handicapped.

She met my father when he was stationed at Ft. Bliss, TX, which is adjacent to El Paso. They married and shortly thereafter he was sent overseas since it was during WWII. I was born while he was in Germany. When he came back after the war, he got out of the army after a while, but felt restless, so signed up for the Air Force and soon was sent to Germany again and then to Korea. At the time he was in Germany he told my mother he wanted a divorce. She was heartbroken. Then she went back to college, first getting her BA and then her MA in education. She got a teaching job about the time I went to elementary school. A few years later, my father reappeared and wanted to marry her again. She agreed and then we went to Delaware where he was to be stationed. About a year later he was sent to Okinawa. The doctor told my mother that the climate there would probably kill her since her arthritis was so active. So he drove my mother and me back to El Paso, and she got another teaching job. At some point he was sent to California and told us to come there. My mother had just signed a teaching commitment and asked him to wait just a little while until the school was able to get someone else. He demanded a divorce. So she continued teaching and for a while was able to walk a fair distance since her arthritis went into remission for a while.
Then my father reappeared after several years, and wanted to get married again. She was very hesitant to do that. My father pressured me to encourage her to marry him, but she didn't want me involved in the mess. Finally I told her that I could tell that the worry was bad for her since her arthritis was back, big time. She decided to tell him it wouldn't work. He got angry and disappeared again. However, the stress was so great on her that she also got ulcers and from there many other physical problems, and died at the age of 47, weighing only 77 lb even though she was 5'6".

She taught me to be loving and caring and to look to God for everything! She is my idea of a true saint.

Hmmmm, I think I will post this as a blog also. Lots of memories!

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I will wait to post until my daughter comes home. Maybe she can scan my mother's picture for me.

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This is the link for my Mom's picture. It was taken on one of our outings together at the Butterfly House in St. Louis, MO. We made several trips to St. Louis because she had eye problems that needed a specialist. We would always try to see or do something special together during these times.

My mom's name was Amanda Frances Vanmeter Houseright and she was born 9/3/28 and passed away peacefully in her own home and favorite chair on 6/8/12. She had one brother and 2 children me and my brother Lonnie who is 4 years younger than me.

Her proudest accomplishment was getting her GED in 1970 and becoming an LPN the next year. She was a wonderful nurse and loved helping people.

My Mom was a wonderful Christian Lady and loved her Lord and church family! She was active in the church, the last few years attending services and being a faithful prayer warrior. I know that Mom's prayers have played a vital role in my life and my brother's and our family.

There is not a day goes by that I don't think about her and miss her. I know I will see her again!!!



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Let's introduce each other to the mothers in our lives. Post a pic if you want and give us some information about her

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