Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Missing Mom

By Andrea Boeshaar

Two years ago this month my mother died, losing her battle to breast cancer. Tomorrow (the 6th) would have been Mom's 77th birthday. One of her friends called me on Sunday afternoon to say he would be driving up to put flowers on her grave. Mom is definitely missed.

When I was growing up, Mom sewed her own clothes, always wanting to resemble the fashionable Jackie Kennedy. Mom was a homemaker until I was about ten-years-old. At that time, she returned to the University of Madison and earned her Masters Degree. 

In the mid-1970s, Mom purchased the Milwaukee Auction Galleries and Chestnut Court Appraisals. 

After I was married and my kids were born, Mom was a dedicated grandmother...


And a dedicated great-grandmother in addition to being a businesswoman.

And even after she learned she had breast cancer, Mom went to work every day. She loved to research the origin of paintings and other valuable pieces of art. She enjoyed talking to interesting people almost as much as she enjoyed helping underprivileged  families. 

Mom's death left a crater in our family and I would strongly urge women to get their yearly mammograms. Many forms of breast cancer are beatable - some without surgery - if discovered early. 

Find out more at the the American Cancer Society's breast cancer page.

If Mom were here, she'd probably say, "Work hard, help others, make memories, and enjoy the life God has given you." It's what she taught me, anyway.

Happy Birthday, Mom. I miss you.


Cherie Burbach said...

She sounds like an amazing woman, Andrea.

Debby Mayne said...

I agree with Cherie. You were blessed to have her in your life.

Debbie Moss said...

Yes, I agree with Cherie and Debby. And I definitely agree with the statement about mammograms. As a two-time breast cancer overcomer, I can honestly say that the few moments of "pain" from a mammogram are worth the years of life extension that come from early detection. You were blessed with a wonderful mother, Andrea, and my thoughts are with you as you remember her birthday.