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Eleanor "Lenor" Salazar 1926 - 2014

Eleanor "Lenor" Salazar

Monday, July 07, 2014
Dearest Grams,

Things are so different without you here with us. I miss you so much and expect to see you every time I walk through your door. The boys look for you and ask where you are. I let them know you are in heaven now, but you are here in our hearts also. I still feel you and I never want that to go away.

We haven't always seen eye to eye, but I always knew you loved me and I you; it's funny how people say you never really understand your parents until you have kids, but know that I have children it's more suiting to say that I now understand you. You gave all of yourself to family, community and God. I've always respected you and as I grew older so did my appreciation for the woman you were.

As far back as I can remember, you were a fighter, and sometimes just downright stubborn. Although it could sometimes be difficult, that refusal to back down has led to some of my fondest memories and ultimately gave us more time with you. I wish I had taken more advantage of the time you had with us.

I pray I have your strength. I saw how time and illness changed you; your body and memories growing weaker, yet you still persisted with smiles and blessings. No matter that things were probably confusing and maybe even scary that you didn't understand anymore, you could still show that tenderness.

I love you; Alexander, and Johnny love you. I'm so happy they had the little time with you that we were given. You couldn't speak to them,nor they to you, but you were so gentle and with each other. They've never been so soft with anyone as they were with you. You taught them that, even in your silence.

You will forever live on in those you loved; and I am honored to be one of them.

Love you forever and always,
Kristina
Monday, June 23, 2014
Mom,
You are the best. You lived a life of giving, not only of material things, but also of time, love and (literally) many blessings for so many people. Both you and Dad gave us the tools we needed for this life; the seeds of faith by teaching us God's promise and always teaching us by example. We saw all the blessings we could have if we could just stop what we were doing and talked with God, because He would guide us in the right direction.

I miss you, mom. Some days I just want to stay in bed and let the days go by, but I know it's not good for me and those who love me. I must stay strong; it's what you would've wanted. I miss holding your hand and kissing you're forehead and brushing your hair, all while I'd remind you how you used to brush mine with a hundred strokes because you said it'd make my hair shine. We would talk and laugh while you would tell me stories of you and dad.

I remember how you could see the pain in my arms while I would try to lift you. I just wanted you comfortable, and not being able to help me or speak you would place you hand on me to comfort me, letting me know it was ok.

You were a beautiful mom. Now you and dad are together free from illness and perfect. I love you more than all the stars in the sky, deeper then the ocean, I love you infinity.

Your oldest baby girl,
Jenny
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Dear Mom, That is one of my favorite pictures of you & dad. You are the greatest parents we could have ever been blessed with. You & dad are a great team & we appreciate every sacrifice you made for us. I am proud to be your son. We already miss you. Rest in peace Mom.
"Joey"
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Hi Mom,
This is your baby, Teresa. We miss you so much but we know you are able to walk again and your mind is clear, no longer fogged up with Alzheimers. Dad I know you were waiting for her 10 year. Well, you are finally together again like it should be. Thanks to you both for being such wonderful parents. All 5 of us are the parents we are today because of your love and guidance. Thanks for giving us such a strong faith in God. It makes this time so much easier not wondering what happens after someone dies but knowing that you are at peace in Heaven with God our Creater. We know you will continue to watch over us. I promise I will continue to go to church and I will try to be on time. I thank you for giving me a childhood filled with wonderful memores of camping, girl scouts, playing the violin, Cheerleading, the vacation to Iowa, (who could ever forget a 3 month vacation with your family? Yikes!) You both made everything possible even though we didn't have a lot of money. You always had family be the number one thing in our lives. Thank you for giving me life so I could get married to Ted and have a family of my own that I love and cherish. You will always be in my heart. Love you Mom and Dad. Your baby girl, Teresa Salazar Wheeler.
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