by Z(ee)

A Tribute to my Mom
Dorothy Braithwaite
[1920-2014]

As you can see she lived a long fulfilling life. She had 5 biological children, one stepson and one adopted daughter. I was the baby of the family until she adopted my sister 12 years later. She lived long enough to see the start of the fifth generation.

Five Generations
Five Generations

She was not just a mother she was my best friend and I will miss her a lot. She passed away over the Christmas holidays of natural causes and as a result there was not a lot of celebrating around here.

After she finished raising her family and taking care of my father I took her to night school with me because I thought there might be something else she would like to do. She enrolled in Rug Hooking, which is now called by the more sophisticated name of Fiber Art. What started as a hobby became her passion. You can tell by the beautiful pieces that she left for us. The art started off using strips of coloured wool on coarse burlap. Now finer strips of wool are used in many different shades on finer burlap to give more texture and finer definition to the object. She won many awards and submitted her work in many shows and contests, including the Ontario College of Art and the Canadian National Exhibition.

Mom with pieces of her hooking
Mom with pieces of her hooking

One of her latest endeavors was to hook a piece of a woman holding two babies simulating her new great great granddaughters, which is shown on the left.  As you can see it was a very happy time for her.

I would like to say a special thanks to one of my nurses, my Occupational Therapist, and my unit manager for making it possible for me to visit my mother the day before her passing. The effort that everybody put into getting me there was phenomenal.  I feel like I made a wish and they made it come true.  I knew she was waiting for me to say goodbye because she threw me kisses and passed away the next night peacefully in her sleep. Goodbye Mom, we will all miss you.

Tribute to my Mom
Tribute to my Mom