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Friday, May 11 2001

A tribute to a Twin Rocks Mom

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In my era of childhood, the old adage was, "Children are to be seen and not heard." I continue to "block out" the sad memories and remember only the happy ones! Having said that, I will offer a tribute to my mom, Mary (Rutledge) Dyson, who passed away at the age of 76 in September of 1984, from congestive heart failure. Although the old homestead still remains under the ownership of my sister, Johanna, it just doesn't feel like home without Mom there to greet you as you enter!

Mom was an excellent Teacher, who taught lessons through parables. I often said that she taught us morals to build character much like Jesus did to His followers! Once you heard the story, it was deeply impressed into your mind, never to be forgotten.

Mom was a woman of many talents; a Jack of All Trades, one might say. She could look at a picture of clothing in Sears' catalog, and create it from material, without a pattern to guide her. Given the opportunity, she could easily have become an excellent fashion designer. She could play the organ or music on an old broken-down piano someone had given us that didn't play a full octave without having a flaw. We had family singalongs quite often during the long winter nights. She loved working outdoors—raising chickens by the hundreds; worked in a huge garden all summer and preserved oodles of crops to store in the cellar for winter use. She traveled all over Twin Rocks, helping friends and relatives with paperhanging; sewed strips of old clothing together and made them into beautiful rag carpets. She had customers all over the area of several towns. If you asked her to demonstrate her work, her eyes would sparkle with pride and she would guide you step by step through the process of creation.

We didn't have much to share, but she was overly generous in helping those in need. She was a devoted woman of great faith, even though she didn't attend services regularly. She was constantly praying for others. I would have to say that she was a better Christian than many people who profess to be "perfect" Saints!

Mom worked hard all her life to provide for her family and others. I truly believe that she is enjoying a peaceful rest with her God in Heaven!

Thanks, Mom, for all this, and for numerous things I may have omitted! I truly hope that my children will some day have the same memories to ponder through after I have departed this world.

Verna (Rutledge) Chernisky
Eufaula, OK

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Mother's Day humor

Three sons left home, went on their own and prospered. Getting back together, they discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother. The first said, "I built a big house for her." The second said, "I got her a Mercedes with a chauffeur." The third smiled and said, "I've got you both beat. You remember how she enjoyed reading the Bible? And you know she can't see very well? So I sent her a remarkable parrot that recites the entire Bible. It took the elders of the church 12 years to teach him. Mom just has to name the chapter and the verse, and the parrot recites it."

Soon thereafter, Mom sent out letters of thanks:

"Albert," she wrote the first son, "The house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house."

"Bill," she wrote to the second son, "I'm too old to travel. I stay home most of the time, so I rarely use the Mercedes or have need for the chauffeur!"

"Dearest Charlie," she wrote her third son, "You have the good sense to know what your mother likes. The chicken was delicious."

Sent by Frank Charney

Excelsior

It is necessary to try to surpass oneself always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.

Christina, Queen of Sweden

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