My Ma

Pat Crites - Montana Musings

My mother, as my youngest son Casey said was probably the strongest person who ever walked the face of the earth. She survived two husbands, raised 5 kids and had 3 more die almost at childbirth. She survived T.B. when everyone on her ward died of the disease. She always attributed her survival to not listening to the Dr. who told her to lay still in her bed for 6 months. When he left the room she crawled around and around her bed 20 or 30 times all day long till he came the next day. She had a hole in her lung the size of a pear from the T.B. but she survived. She went on to live another 50 years after her stay in the T.B. ward. Outlived the Dr. by a longshot.

Mom when she was in the T.B. Ward circa 1940’s

My mother was a tribute to faith in God and stubbornness. She always believed the best in people and loved her family with all her heart. She survived osteoporosis with so many broken down vertebrae’s that her back was one big wave. The Dr. who X-rayed her the last time said there were so many broken ones he couldn’t count. She scolded him and said she didn’t need to hear that. She was so tough when it broke, she just laid down on the couch a couple of days and then got up and started moving again without pills. She said if you laid too long you would die, so you needed to move.

This is a picture of her on her 93rd birthday on January 17th, 2002. She wanted to go to the farm one last time. Rest in Peace Mom, you sure as hell deserve it.

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  1. Nikki Alaee says:

    She was an amazing woman. I am lucky that I was able to call her “Grandma.”

  2. Sue Bliss Roach says:

    What a great story – and great pictures! I think our moms(and that whole generation) were so much stronger than we are! Wonderful tribute to your mom!!

  3. Elena Jarman says:

    A beautiful lady and wonderful story!

  4. Maureen says:

    Sure did enjoy your story of Aunt Pat she was very strong

  5. Ronitta says:

    Love all the stories, but this one brought loving memories of Grandma. Thanks

  6. Billy Collins says:

    Always does the heart good to hear of a Mother’s love. I will always cherish my Mother and her love for her children.
    I know your Mother is enjoying her rewards.
    Thanks Russ.

  7. Slim says:

    You are with me every day Ma. Thanks for your example of how to live.

  8. Larry Huestis says:

    Your Mom was really a great lady, was always so nice to me. I bet you do really miss her.
    Your parents where people who we could always count on, great neighbors, great people..

  9. Slim says:

    Larry, The compliment is returned about your parents.. We were lucky to be raised in the North Country my Friend..

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