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.
Our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. You all will be in our thoughts & prayers
Erin & Henry
We just saw this listing.....may God be with the entire Abadie family. She was a sweet, gentle lady......
I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful person who once you met her you never forgot her. I remember when we went to St. Maurice she was always smiling. She was such a sweet person. She will be missed at the AHS reunions. May all the wonderful memories she made with everyone keep her close in your hearts forever. Another angel in heaven! Will keep all of you in my prayers.
I remember your mom (Miss Dot) from St. Maurice. I know that she rests in the arms of her Lord. I always admired her and your family. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Jane, I am so sorry that I was not able to attend the services for your mom. I will always have fond memories of her and all her work at St Maurice. Our moms can start a Mother's Club up in heaven!
The St Maurice Warriors Class of 1967 wish to send their condolences to the Abadie family. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
I remember Mrs. Dot from St. Maurice School as the world's best mom! She was always there for her family. I often wondered about her and her family through the years. I see that she indeed had a glorious life and many were lucky to have her in it. As a child she made a lasting impression on me. I'm sure God is well pleased with his beautiful, faithful servant~~Thanks, Mrs. Abadie
I lived at Metairie Manor until December 2007, and will always remember the kindness and patience of Doris Abadie.
Such a great and inspirational lady, and one that I was proud to have met. I am deeply sorry for your loss Jennifer and family.
Dear Cousins - your mother was an inspiration to all who knew her, including me. Dick and I are sorry we cannot be with you. We send our love and hope to be with you soon. Love, Carol
Rosa, Bryan, David, and I send you our deepest regrets for your loss. She will be in our prayers. Doris was such a nice and caring person. She lived her life to be with her family. When I stare at her picture, I recall so many memories from those times. God bless your family.
I was very sorry to hear about your loss. I'm keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
How beautiful was she!!! I loved when I walked in the room and her eyes would light up! She always made me feel so special.I know you will miss her, but I can just imagine how busy she is right now. So many friends and family to visit! I personally know your pain but then I know the memories will keep you smiling and laughing. Love to all of you...
To all of the wonderful Abadie extended family... We are praying for your mom and wish we could be there with you to celebrate her amazing life. She will be greatly missed.
Darryl and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to our cousins in the loss of your mother. Aunt Dot will be remembered as a legacy, an icon. Oh the stories we will be able to share about her and we will laugh loudly I can almost count on that. How visible she was with all family events - how she made us line up before 7 am on a parade route to see Pete Fountain, how it was high priority to make the Ponchatoula reunions, rain or shine. Dot always had a parking place saved for her in the country. No matter what family event she attended, when she arrived, someone would shout out - "Dot's here!" The day wasn't whole without her. She was the family rock, the glue that held it together and she instilled not only in her children, but in her extended family the value of being together. Family vacations in Gulf Shores will always be a remembrance of her. How Darryl loved to make something special and to leave something on the side - this one is "for Aunt Dot" he would say. On Easter Sunday reunions, Dot got the shady spot saved for her and all of her beautiful grandchildren and great grandchildren would greet her with a kiss before any festivities started. She prayed not for some, but for all. She loved everyone and we loved her back. When she would see me, she would grab my hand and ask "how's mama and daddy, or how is Rhett and you still haven't had a cigarette?" How proud she was that I quit smoking! When I went to visit Patsy one time in Aunt Dot's room, Patsy showed me that she still had her angel nightlight in her bedroom that I gave to her for her 80th birthday celebration. Patsy told me "and don't let the bulb go out!" She would have to have it replaced because she used it all the time! How very sweet. The word that I associate with Aunt Dot is "lovey". She called everyone that, even me! When someone would talk about Aunt Dot, I would say, "oh you mean lovey?" Aunt Dot will be greatly missed. She took good care of all of you and all of you kids took great care of your mama, that is love and Aunt Dot illuminated love. Let that illumination fill your hearts today and always.
I never had the honor of meeting Mrs. Abadie but I do consider her daughter Patsy a very dear friend, and by knowing Patsy, I know what a remarkable woman she was. My thoughts and prayers are with Patsy and her entire family. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories you have.