"Memories of Momma" — A 71 Day Photo Tribute (Day 41)



Momma spent most of summer 2014 visiting me in Juneau. We had the time of our lives, and she probably would've tried to extend her visit into the fall season — except she had something really fun to look forward to once she returned to Alabama.

Her best friend, Sue, who lives in Houston, Texas, had been planning a visit to Huntsville to see Mom, and Mom was naturally and understandably ecstatic. I remember how Mom was frantically cleaning her house in anticipation of Sue's visit, knowing full well that Sue wouldn't care nor would she judge, but Momma always took such pride in her home and wanted it to look perfect for Sue's visit.

They were able to be together on Mom's 65th birthday, and I know it made Mom happy as a clam at high tide to have her Bestie by her side.

In this picture, Mom is showing Sue how to take a selfie. I love Mom's grin, almost as if she was having a hard time holding back her laughter. My Aunt Sue is so adorable, too. Seeing this picture inspires me to want to take a trip to Texas to see Sue and hear all about my Mom, from her best friend's perspective.

 *It's Day 41 of my 71 day photo series in honor of my dear sweet Momma who passed away on 03.21.2016 after a harrowing 71 day health battle. Those 71 days do not define her. Oh no. What defines her — and me — are the incredible 66 years that she lived her life. I hope you enjoy these snapshots of the beautiful moments and memories of her life.