Dorothy "Dodie" Sivley/Tover
June 06, 1949 - January 13, 2018

Letter to Mom

My sweet Mommy, I will miss your presence in whatever my future holds. Cancer is now my mortal enemy who took you away from me, but what it can never take away are the memories I have of you and the space you will have in my heart. I am one of the blessed few to have been able to say goodbye to you and left no word unsaid. I thank God for that gift and will cherish it for the rest of my life.

You would always talk about your dreams and aspirations, but as time carried on I always felt bad to know that you have had a less of what you hoped for. You never were able to settle into your dream home, buy the finer things in life or travel, but you made the best out of what you had. And I loved that about you. You could take anything left in our bare cuboards and make a complete delicious meal out of it. You would take any bit of things you come accross and turn it into something glorious. You sacraficed everything so we could thrive. You also selflessly cared fulltime for your Mother, Grandmother and Step Father when they became termanlly ill. You did all that because you had the the heart of pure gold, and the mind centered about caring for others.

Everyone you seemed to come in contact would be quickly fall for your lovable personality and your humor. A specific example is when you had only been admitted in the hospital for one day and already had the nurses praising you. This is by no means a gift that everyone has. But of course you did. 

When the doctor said you had 6-8 months of life left, you had me lay my head on your chest and comforted ME as I cried. And the months preceeding your passing, you never once felt sorry for yourself. When people would visit you, you always set aside any pain or discomfort you had and smiled for your guest so they would feel more comfortable. 

Thank you Mommy for for all the times you would play with my hair or bandage my boo-boos. Thank you for all the unforgettable family gatherings you would  host, the bountiful Christmas stockings and the memorable Easters. Thank you for sewing our Halloween costumes, our Kindergarden dresses and creating the best environs from second hand.  Thank you for teaching me how to cook and how to sew. Thank you for helping me take care of my daughter when she was first born. 

You were the bravest, sweetest, most giving, selfless person I will ever know. I learned so much from you and will carry on your legacy for the rest of my life. I love you so much Mommy and will be looking up at you hoping you will be smiling down on me. 

Started by Jennifer Waters on February 09, 2018
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