Doris May Conrad Abadie (Conrad)
Mom, It's almost a year and to say the least, you are greatly missed!I just read over these love letters, cried a little but my heart swells with pride that you were so loved by so many. Those who wrote their thoughts and the many who have told us how you touched their lives doing this pass year! You gave Blue Skies to many! Love, Jane
Dear Patsy and Family,
I was sorry to hear of your loss. I have such good memories of your mom and of the time I spent at your house. Those were such simple, happy times. Lots of noise and people and fun. Lots of love in that house. You are all in my prayers.
Suzanne and family,
So sorry to hear of the death of your beloved Mom. Aunt Lucille and Mom (Doris) send their love and prayers along with Tommy and I. I thank God that your Mom passed thru my life so that I can reflect on those wonderful memories from St.Maurice Church. What joy and happiness we shared. Sorry we were unable to attend her service, but Aunt Lucile was out of town and Mom doesn't travel too far. May God bless you all and fold you all in His loving arms. As Fr. Rodney Bourg says, "you all have a new saint in heaven to prayer to."
This is the letter I was planning in my head to write for mom's birthday book. I thought for sure I would be gathering these letters for her to read, but God decided he was ready for her to celebrate in heaven with all her other love ones that have been missing her. In the case of my dad, for over 45yrs!
I would always tell people, that I have no bad memories of my childhood, and I could have had many. You are the reason!
First thing is, you learned to drive after dad died, then the adventures began! I can write a book on the wonderful beach vacations starting with taking us back to the same cabin in Pass Christian that just the year before you and dad took us to. What courage! You took us to go visit Uncle Genie in Memphis, not your brother, dad's brother that we didn't get to see much! What courage! You would pile all of us into the station wagon to go sing carols in Jackson Square! How did you get all 5 of us to go and have a good time? Mardi Gras, another season that I could write a book about! You would take us to every parade, sometimes 3 parades in 3 different location from St. Bernard to New Orleans!
Your other wonderful skill was finding programs that cost next to nothing to enroll us in. From the Girl Scouts that took a trip every summer, the K.C. Camp Maryhill and the Abby, where we spent 1 or 2 weeks of pure fun, The VFW sponsored Stardusters Drum and Bugle Corp, that I was in and later Ann joined. We traveled all over the eastern part of the U.S. in a bus full of teenagers and chaperones! Cost next to nothing, they even gave us money to eat with! You found a lady to try to teach me to sing because all my sisters were in the choir and I couldn't because there were no alto parts. That gave me the confidence that I did have a good voice. I joined my high school choir, then was asked to be in a singing group that sang in talent shows and had so much fun! You found a program at a bowling alley that taught the technics of bowling! Now I wasn't going to be bowling pro, but it was just another fun thing to do. I took baton and dance lessons from Stalling NORD playground, swimming lessons every summer at Pontchartrain Beach and NORD. You couldn't swim so you made sure all of us could! Dad gave you a sewing machine because surely a mom with 5-6 children should know how to sew, well that never happened, so you found a girl to come to our home to teach me to sew!
Now the older I got the harder things got for you. I was the first one to want to go to King Cake party's, to go on dates and such. All those decisions proved to be difficult. After I was married and had children, what a blessing to have Robert help me make those kind of decisions, I finally understood how hard it was for you!
With all of that said, and as difficult as those years were, you did a great job. You raised 6 loving children, who cherish you and we thank you for all you gave up for us!
P.S. Last but not least In the last few years mom would mention how she was afraid of dying and I would tell her," Mom you have accepted every cross that God gave you and some of them were very, very heavy. You carried them with faith, strenghth and courage, so you need not fear. God has seen everything you have done and He is a proud Papa that can't wait to give you your blessings!
Well now you are looking into His kind and merciful eyes and are filled with joy and happiness!
In the little time since you've passed, I've been reflecting on the moments we shared together and the qualities I admired most about you. Saying you were an inspiration to me is not nearly saying enough. Your strength, courage and compassion are all things that seemed to come natural to you. It's these qualities that make me want to push myself to be a better person each and every day.
It's the little things I'm going to miss most. I'll miss the Happy Birthday phone calls I could count on every year. I'll miss how excited you were to hear anything and everything I had to say no matter how trivial the subject. I'll miss the pride you showed in how well I was doing in school and the encouragement you gave me to keep at it. I miss going to your house as a kid and eating Fruit Loops for breakfast and chicken and gravy for dinner (and the big tub of cheese balls you would have sometimes as a snack!). I miss your hugs and kisses.
I'll always cherish the last words we shared together. You told me I'd be happy, and I believed you. Even in the end, you were doing what you always did best; giving encouragement, support, and love. It was a comforting moment in a time of some of the deepest sadness I've ever felt. I'll always love you, Mere.