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  • #31
    Sorry to hear about your Moms passing Dave.

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    • #32
      Many thanks to those of you who have taken time to express such wonderful thoughts. My mother had suffered so much in the last few months that her passing was more of a blessing for her lack of a true quality of life, but you have all given me a reason to finally choke up a bit. Many of you above have met me and we have spent some time getting to know each other over the years, but those who haven't even met me in person, I thank you for caring enough to write such kind words. This forum has brought some very special people into my life the last few years. Again, from my heart, thank you.

      Without drolling on, I lost my father to a slow death last year in Pasadena, California and now this year, my sweet mother here in Ohio. She truly was the energizer bunny her entire life, always caring for others before herself each and every day. She was an especially soft touch to any stray animal who ever came into her yard, as well. They always knew where to try out their best pitiful look for a meal and a new home.

      When people tell you your entire life that your mother is a beautiful angel, you quickly learn that you were in the presence of someone very special. All of us think that of our mothers, but my mother, Lorrie, was much, much more than that, believe me. She always backed me in every stupid move I've ever made my entire life. My sister will be glad to roll her eyes at that fact. Just ask her! But, that constant reassurance always helped me through life's many cruel lessons. It also made me a better parent.

      My parents met on a showboat, The Majestic, a music and theater showboat owned by Hiram College that sailed the Ohio River from Cincinnati northeast to Pittsburgh and as far west as the Mississippi during the summer months. My mother was the choreographer, dancer and actress on the boat and my father a musician, actor and musical director. They were married on the Ohio River the year the Speedster was being made. The Majestic is still docked in Cincinnati today.

      Anyway, we were just going through the enormous collection of photographs and mementos that she, and her mother before her, had hoarded away like gold. Below is a picture of her cheerleader and majorette days. Not posing with Studebakers, but that may be a coupe or a sedan behind those two! I love this picture because of the cars and that's how I prefer to remember her, but also because while I was a child she often mentioned how much she loved her days in high school as a versatile athlete leading up to her showboat days. She so missed her days as a star having to raise us while my dad finished his master's degree. But, never as a verbal complaint, just the way she sang and danced to every Broadway musical record we had in the house. Quite entertaining, those days. I always knew that she really missed her lost teen years, but she never complained while raising us; just lived them again through my sister and me. Living with those memories now will always bring a smile. Thank you again, my dear Studebaker friends.

      Last edited by barnlark; 07-12-2010, 08:26 PM.

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      • #33
        Great photo and remembrances, Dave.

        I'd like to post that visitation hours have changed to Thursday evening, 6-8 p.m., at the Green Funeral Home in Mantua, OH.

        FYI.
        Bill Pressler
        Kent, OH
        (formerly Greenville, PA)
        Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
        Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
        1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
        1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
        All are in Australia now

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        • #34
          I would like to add my condolences to Dave on the loss of his mother.
          People may have multiple friends, children, siblings, even spouses, but only one mother.
          My mother was in the hospital during one SDC International Convention and she died shortly after my return. I knew that I couldn't do anything for her that the hospital couldn't do and I think that she held on until I returned to her.
          Gary L.
          Wappinger, NY

          SDC member since 1968
          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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          • #35
            Originally posted by barnlark View Post
            Many thanks to those of you who have taken time to express such wonderful thoughts. My mother had suffered so much in the last few months that her passing was more of a blessing for her lack of a true quality of life, but you have all given me a reason to finally choke up a bit. Many of you above have met me and we have spent some time getting to know each other over the years, but those who haven't even met me in person, I thank you for caring enough to write such kind words. This forum has brought some very special people into my life the last few years. Again, from my heart, thank you.

            Without drolling on, I lost my father to a slow death last year in Pasadena, California and now this year, my sweet mother here in Ohio. She truly was the energizer bunny her entire life, always caring for others before herself each and every day. She was an especially soft touch to any stray animal who ever came into her yard, as well. They always knew where to try out their best pitiful look for a meal and a new home.

            When people tell you your entire life that your mother is a beautiful angel, you quickly learn that you were in the presence of someone very special. All of us think that of our mothers, but my mother, Lorrie, was much, much more than that, believe me. She always backed me in every stupid move I've ever made my entire life. My sister will be glad to roll her eyes at that fact. Just ask her! But, that constant reassurance always helped me through life's many cruel lessons. It also made me a better parent.

            My parents met on a showboat, The Majestic, a music and theater showboat owned by Hiram College that sailed the Ohio River from Cincinnati northeast to Pittsburgh and as far west as the Mississippi during the summer months. My mother was the choreographer, dancer and actress on the boat and my father a musician, actor and musical director. They were married on the Ohio River the year the Speedster was being made. The Majestic is still docked in Cincinnati today.

            Anyway, we were just going through the enormous collection of photographs and mementos that she, and her mother before her, had hoarded away like gold. Below is a picture of her cheerleader and majorette days. Not posing with Studebakers, but that may be a coupe or a sedan behind those two! I love this picture because of the cars and that's how I prefer to remember her, but also because while I was a child she often mentioned how much she loved her days in high school as a versatile athlete leading up to her showboat days. She so missed her days as a star having to raise us while my dad finished his master's degree. But, never as a verbal complaint, just the way she sang and danced to every Broadway musical record we had in the house. Quite entertaining, those days. I always knew that she really missed her lost teen years, but she never complained while raising us; just lived them again through my sister and me. Living with those memories now will always bring a smile. Thank you again, my dear Studebaker friends.
            Great recollections, Dave; so poignant! Thanks so much for sharing them. I, for one, always enjoy hearing about how a couple met, so 'much appreciate your including that. One can well imagine the sparkle in the dancer's and the musician's eyes when they first made contact! 'Way cool!

            Remember the good times, as well you are...and thanks again for sharing just a few of the many with us.

            All the best as you and your sister go through the next couple days with the funeral and final arrangements.

            God Bless. BP
            We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

            G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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            • #36
              Dave: I was sorry to hear of your loss. It just happens that back in the early 60's I worked with a recent graduate of Hiram College who had toured with the Majestic during the summers. I would guess he graduated around 1960. He was a talented pianist and played weekend gigs in addition to his full-time job. I'll send him your commentary regarding your mother.
              "Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional." author unknown

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              • #37
                Thank you for sharing about your mother, SuEllyn and Sheldon send you our sympathy .

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