Story by RODNEY D. BOAM
The Preston Citizen asked readers on Facebook to submit women who they thought should be honored for Mothers Day for one reason or another. We selected three from the list of outstanding local women.
The first one is Udell Purser, 91 year-old mother of nine children. The person who nominated her said when they were younger she remembered Udell was a full-time mom, worked her shift at Del Monte and she would take in other people’s kids to live in our home so they could work at Del Monte for the summer.
“Udell is very kind, loving, compassionate, loyal, honest, and back a few years she was always serving others,” the person who nominated her said. “Now at her age she tries so hard to bring joy to others.”
Another woman selected from the list was Karen Hatch, chief deputy of the Franklin County Sheriff’s office and mother of two teenaged girls.
She was nominated for her efforts to bring wonderful changes to better our community and make this county a wonderful place for us to raise our families.
“You will never meet another mother that puts so much time into helping others while receiving no recognition for her efforts,” the person who nominated her said. “I have never seen anyone work so hard for other people and get so little back in return.”
And the third and last one selected was Janalyn Maw, who despite being a single mother of five children, works full-time for the West Side School district where she wears many hats.
Despite being divorced and being a stay-at-home mom with five children, she has found gainful employment and continues to be a role model for her children with a “can do” attitude.
“Being a single working mother is very difficult, Janalyn has done a magnificent job in being a mother and working a job outside of the home. She has had to change her priorities and do what she could do to remedy the situation.”
We asked these moms a few questions.
We asked Udell whose example she followed when it came to raising her family. She said her parents.
When we asked what are some of the rewards of motherhood, even small ones? She said, “Having my children visit and tell me they love me and are grateful for what I taught them. And see them active in the Gospel.”
We asked Karen Hatch, what do you do when you want to tear your hair out and walk away?
“Since I have two teenage daughters, we do occasionally have those moments when emotions are high, but after a little time girls usually want to talk and they need a mother to just listen.”
What is the most satisfying thing about being a mother?
“Most of all my kids make me laugh. They can make me forget everything else in the world and they don’t even know they’re being therapeutic. As I said before I have amazing daughters and a very patient husband, who quite often walks around the house singing “waitin’ on a woman.”
We asked Janalyn Maw about her family traditions and what the best advice was she ever received concerning being a mother.
“One of my kids favorite traditions is to get together with extended family on Sunday afternoons. Most of their aunts, uncles and cousins meet at Grandma’s for cookies, ice cream and candy. The adults sit inside “sharing insults” while the cousins play games, explore outside, or break things. (Sorry Grandpa!)
“My good childhood friend had the ‘cool’ mom. She took us out to ‘drag Main,’ let us stay up too late, etc. This same friend later told me, ‘I didn’t need another BFF. I needed a Mom.’ This advice has helped me a ton when I’ve had to make hard, unpopular decisions concerning my kids. They get angry and I’m sure they tell their friends, ‘My mom is sooo mean, dumb, or such a nag!’ That’s okay. That’s my job.”
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