A Tribute to Mom

By | September 6, 2022

[September 6, 2022]  This past weekend, my mother passed away at 92.  Of course, no words describe the sense of loss we are experiencing right now.  We can console ourselves that she had a long and fruitful life.  All her many children are in her debt for all she did for us.  Here is my tribute to mom.

As little kids, my mom often consoled my brother and sisters.  It seems, especially my brother and I, were often in some trouble; not bad trouble but what you would expect of boys.  We often ran around town, through alleyways and backyards, make-believing we were in the army or were cowboys or Indians.  We had a vivid imagination, and mom was always pleased to indulge us.

I certainly was not one to follow the rules.  I thought rules were just something to get in the way of having a good time with my friends.  Mom patiently explained the reasons we have rules and showed me the way of a good person.  She used persistence, logic, and a lot of love to convince me.  I gave her a run for her money, as I was maybe a bit too rowdy, disorderly, ornery, and I took too much for granted.  She even showed me how to thread a needle and sew, a skill I would later put to good use.

Mom got us ready for church each Wednesday and Sunday and for school.  It was not something I wanted to do.  However, mom would explain the reason we went to church and school.  I squirmed in my pew seat and never studied my required school homework.  She was good-natured to a fault.  Good for me.  What I gained from this was that I learned to be likable, just enough to survive childhood.

As we moved about the country, my dad worked on the railroad, which meant moving a lot.  Mom was the one to hold the family together, gathering all our belongings, packing the car, and driving us to a new town.  None of us kids liked moving.  Our friends were left behind.  Mom would comfort us with the idea that we were family, which made us who we were.  The family was the most important thing for mom, and she was right.

Admittedly, I was a difficult son, and I’m sure there were many times I greatly disappointed her.  Mom was there for me, regardless.  She never complained.  She always had a smile for me.  That is why, as I look back, that mom was more than a mother to me.  She was everything.  And that is why it is so hard to know she has passed away.  I will miss her.

Our mom was a very kind, giving, and caring woman.  Thank you, mom.

A very special thanks to my sisters for caring for our mom in her last days.

Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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35 thoughts on “A Tribute to Mom

  1. Armywife

    May she rest in peace and may you feel God’s embrace during this difficult time.

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  2. Bernie

    You have my condolences as well, Gen. Satterfield for the loss of your mother. I’m sure she was a great woman who knew what to do to help her kids and family.

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  3. Kenny Foster

    A brave and beautiful woman. Thank you, Gen. Satterfield, for sharing your loss with us.

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  4. Rev. Michael Cain

    Thanking God for giving her to you for as long as He did and saying one day, you will see each other again. I will be saying prayers for your mom.

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  5. Douglas R. Satterfield Post author

    I want to personally thank all of you for the condolences and prayers for my family and my mom who recently passed away. She was a truly wonderful woman. I can never repay her patience and loveliness to all of us.

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      1. Liz at Home

        Well said, Gen. S. We are here, reading what you have to write and we know that part of what you do, is because of your mother.

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  6. Max Foster

    We’ll be praying for God’s strength and comfort in the coming days for you and your family. Love and prayers. 🙏

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    1. old warrior

      ***** and your mom was a courageous servant of God in life and in death. Love from our family to yours, we share your pain.

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    1. JT Patterson

      … and a life well-lived. May God’s love and comfort be with you. 🤱🙏 Those of us who have been so appreciative of what you are doing with your leadership guidance have gained so much from you and, of course, what your mom has given us all. God bless you and your family.

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  7. Ronny Fisher

    I know you have such precious childhood memories of your mom. I know you’ll miss her so much.

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  8. American Girl

    Your mom was such an incredible person. No one can ever replace her.
    🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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      1. Karl J.

        — we can all be thankful that Gen. Satterfield is such a wonderful person and I’m convinced that it was his wonderful mother that helped make that all possible. God Bless the Satterfield family.

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      2. Willie Strumburger

        Our family prays that God grants you all comfort in your time of sorrow and strength going forward. Your mom loved the Lord and we know that her prayers will continue to surround you now and forevermore. 1st Thes 4:1 “Sorrow not, even as others have not hope.”

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  9. Cat A Miss

    I never met your mom, but I can tell how wonderful she must have been just by knowing you. We reflect the best parts of our parents thanks to the loving way they raised us. Take comfort in your memories as you grieve. 🙏

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    1. Army Captain

      Yes, Stacey, we are all with Gen. S. and his family during this difficult time.

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  10. Greg Heyman

    Gen. Satterfield, here is wishing you and your family the best during this time. The loss of your mom will surely be a difficult time for you but remember that we all have enjoyed your mom’s efforts and kindness thru you and what you also have done. 😌🕯⛪

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  11. Mikka Solarno

    Gen. Satterfield, this explains your rare absence from your blog. We all appreciate what you are doing for us and you deserve a time out with your family. Condolences and our prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

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    1. Arena of Fools

      I was wondering why the gap, usually Gen. S. publishes daily. Condolences from my family to you.

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  12. Janna Faulkner

    Gen. Satterfield, my condolences on the loss of your mother. She must have been one “awesome” person. Thanks for sharing.

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      1. Rusty D

        No matter how old we are, it’s never easy to lose a parent. My thoughts and prayers are with you Gen. Satterfield as you grieve.

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      2. The Kid 1945

        May the Lord comfort you with sweet memories and His perfect peace.

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