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  • Lark8girl
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    Thank you for sharing about your mother, SuEllyn and Sheldon send you our sympathy .

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  • Bob Bryant
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    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.

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  • BobPalma
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    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

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  • studegary
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    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.

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  • Bill Pressler
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    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.

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  • barnlark
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    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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  • Lenny R2
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    Sorry to hear about your Moms passing Dave.

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  • MARCHOBBS
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    Dave, our thoughts & prayers are also with you & your family, Sonja & I both have lost our parents , hers suddenly, and mine over an extended period of time, like your mom; either way it is a difficult time for all. I'm sure you have many wonderful memories of her, and you will hear new stories of how she touched other peoples lives over the next few days, keep all those memories close to your heart.

    Marc & Sonja Hobbs

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  • rockne10
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    Dave,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  • Anne F. Goodman
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    Sorry to hear about your Mom Dave. day by day step by step we go on. Each day it gets a little easier. Then its hard again. I lost both Parents in 1980 & 81 I was around 24 that was 30 years ago shoot thats scary. Please know our thoughts are with you.
    Sincerely
    The Goodman's

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  • 60Lark
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    Dave - Hate to sound like a broken record, but I too am praying that you and your family will find comfort in your loss

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  • 8E45E
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    Sorry to hear about your loss.

    Craig

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  • Kurt
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    our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  • starliner62
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    My condolences Dave. Losing a family member is tough. My brother in law died yesterday after fighting multiple health problems. Even though we knew it would happen, it still hurts.

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  • Dave Bates
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    Our condolences as well Dave and family. Dave & Myra

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