December 05, 1933 - July 10, 2007

Memories of My Wonderful Mother, Nike Tseperis -- Speech Given at Her One-Year Memorial

First, I would like to thank our family and friends for being here today.  You all know what a very difficult year this has been for our family.  Your love and support means a great deal to us. An extra special thank you to my wonderful husband and son, who always stopped what they were doing to hug and comfort me when I was sad, and to my loving sister, Virginia, who has truly picked up where my mom left off. I would also like to acknowledge my Dad. Thank God I have him.  I don’t know how I would have made it through without any of you, so thank you for being there for us. 


I’ve been thinking a great deal about what to say about my mother. And, many memories come to mind… they are simple, but they exemplify the important things in life and the type of person my Mom was.


One of my earliest memories is my mother always had a smile on her face when my friends were over the house. I remember the chocolate popsicles she would hand out to us on hot summer days. She was so beautiful and all of the kids loved her.


As the years went by, my Mom and I were inseparable. We went everywhere together. We loved to shop the malls and we especially loved to travel together. Some of the places we visited were Greece, Germany, France, Holland, Disney World and Niagara Falls. We had so much fun and we walked for hours. I always would laugh about the energy my Mom had. I could never keep up with her. She was very funny and would make friends EVERYWHERE we went. In the past 10 years, one of our favorite spots was to visit Atlantic City. She loved to play the game, Let it Ride, and when we said I’d pick her up at the table, I would always find her sitting next to some young men chatting it up. They always knew her name and would help her get off of the high stools. The games would actually stop when I went to pick her up so everyone would say goodbye to my Mom.


As the years went by, we were still inseparable… but SOMEONE else came between us. The love of her life… JOHN. Her thoughts were always on him. She was the best grandmother any child could ever hope for. And, even today, John sits in her room and watches television. I am certain that she is right there with him and I know she is with each and everyone of us watching us just like she promised she would be. 


Each and every day I think… HOW LUCKY WAS I TO HAVE A WONDERFUL, LOVING MOTHER LIKE I DID. She put her children and her husband first all of the time. I couldn’t have wished for a better Mom than my Mom. She was my strongest supporter and my confidante. She was everything a Mom should be and more.


She knew she was getting up in age and so she often told me what she wanted after she was gone. She made me make 2 promises. That I would always be a wonderful Mom to John and to make sure that John would reach his highest potential. Her second wish is that my sister and I would always be very close and loving. I promise that I will always fulfill your wishes, Mom.


Like the great Mother that she was, she always wanted the best for her children. Thank you, Mommy for everything.      


Started by The Tseperis Family on October 09, 2008
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