My mom passed away on Friday. She was 71 years old. She had been quite sick for the past few weeks, but it wasn’t expected. I’ve decided to dedicate this Mother’s Day post to her and her legacy.
**If you knew my mom, will you please leave a comment below about a story or a memory? It will mean so much to my sister and me and our children!
My mom Judith Louise Horton was born in and grew up in El Paso, Texas. She married my dad Gene Kimes Boswell in 1968, had me 1972, and my sister in 1975. I am amazed about the stories she tells of being married to a petroleum engineer. They lived in Big Bend Texas for a while and had issues with snakes and tarantulas. Eek! She also spent quite a lot of years overseas, often flying alone with her two little daughters. When I was 7 and my sister was 4 she was suddenly widowed. It was an absolute shock for her–my dad had a heart attack in his sleep. But she was strong.
Below: My mom and dad in 1968
Below is my mom with her parents, me, my sister, and my grandmother’s sister.
We moved from Anchorage, Alaska to El Paso, Texas to be near her parents and her sister’s family. I really loved the stability she brought us to. My grandparents were a rock for my sister and me, and it was a joy to grow up near my 3 cousins!
My mom went to business school and became a secretary. After a few years she went to paralegal school and became a paralegal. She worked hard for my sister and me. We were happy. My sister and I were able to do just about all we wanted to. We were very involved in our church Immanuel Baptist and in music lessons and were honors students in school. My mom gave us the support we needed to succeed. She loved us dearly.
Below: My mom, her mom, and her sister
After my sister and I were in college at Baylor, my mom moved from El Paso to Houston. I’m glad she lived closer to Waco so we were able to see her more often.
Below: Me at my senior recital in college with my mom and sister
When my mom retired she moved to California to be near my sister. What a blessing it was for her (and Jill’s family) to be able to spend so much time with her. My sister has four children who love their grandmother so much! And I, of course, have 8 children. I always thought it was pretty amazing for her to have 2 children and get 12 grandchildren! I’m so grateful that she was able to be here with me when all 8 of my children were newborns! And one of my sister’s favorite pictures is of my mom meeting her adopted grandson for the first time at the airport. (As soon as I get a copy, I’ll post it here!)
I love this next picture with my mom, her daughters, her sons-in-law, and first six grandkids. I only just wish we had been able to all get together with the next 6 grandkids.
Below is my sister’s family:
My mom loved music and loved to sing. She spent many years from high school to her last year singing in choirs and in other groups. I’m sure that my sister and I got some of our musical aptitude from her (and my dad)!
My mom had a number of health issues but has always fought through them. (Remember the aneurism in 2006?) But this time the Lord felt it was time to take her home.
I am most grateful to my mom for bringing me to the Lord. I needed Jesus and she showed Him to me. I praise the Lord that I will be with her again one day! I love you, Mom!
I leave you with a few more pictures–hope it’s not too many for you!
B, J, and M:
The next two are my sister’s baby:
M and R:
M,R, L, and I:
B, J, and T:
Baby E. :
Bye, for now, Mom. This life is but a breath, so it won’t be long until we are together again!
**Please leave a comment with a story or memory of my mom. Thanks!