Two special ladies

Two special ladies

These were two very special ladies in my life: my Mom, Edith Baucom Wilson (right) with her sister Hazel Baucom Scott.

My mom, Edith Baucom Wilson, was born on Sept. 3, 1923. When she was almost 4 years old, her mother died at the age of 27. Mom and her two brothers and two sisters were raised by their paternal grandparents during much of their growing-up years, but Mom had to stop going to school after sixth grade to help care for her younger brother and sister. She had a "mother heart" very early in life, and was a wonderful mother to me and my three brothers.

Mom passed away on Feb. 21, 2013, just four months after my Dad. I miss them both more than words can say. I stayed with her and Dad during the final 18 months and now live in their house.

Two days ago, I found a picture book in a drawer with some pictures I had never seen before, including this picture of Mom and my Aunt Hazel taken about a year after mom and my Dad were married at the end of World War II. Aunt Hazel recently turned 88 years old, and if Mom had lived until this coming September, she would have been 90.

Linda Wilson Rivenbark , Mint Hill, Union Power Cooperative

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