ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of my loved one, Mary Driggers, my Mom, 81 years old, born on August 28, 1938, and passed away on March 30, 2020. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Margaret Hopkins on March 29, 2021
My tribute I wrote for my Mom that was read at her graveside funeral service.

On Monday, March 30, 2020 at 2:55 PM, I lost my best friend and the best, sweetest, lovingest MOM ever! No words can describe the feeling when I realize I can never see you, hear you talk, make you laugh, tell you I love you, ever again.

I long for your warm hugs every time I have cried, since you left me and my heart is broken. I wish I would have gotten the chance to be by your side, say good-bye, hold your hand and give you one last hug on Monday, but GOD had another plan.

To the World you were one person, but to me you were my World! You didn’t have much, but you and I always felt like we had everything because we had each other. You didn’t leave millions in your bank account, but you left a legacy worth so much more to me. You taught me love, patience and endurance.

I thank GOD everyday for what you taught me through the years and for being my MOTHER. You were the poster child of a GODLY MOTHER!

I can’t express the smallest love and gratitude I have for you. I’ve learned a valuable lesson---“There is always a reward for those who endure hardships and obey GOD (2 Timothy 2:3).

Thank you MOM for all your wise words and love you gave me. When my feet were small you carefully set them upon the right path. You comforted me when I was hurt or afraid and listened to how I felt. As I grew, you showed me to see beauty when I was broken, brought me gladness when I was sad, praised and encouraged me when all seemed lost.

Thank you for your secret prayers for me. You’ve been my best friend here on earth for 63 years and I thank GOD for choosing you to be my MOTHER.

Proverbs 31:25-30
25)Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. 26)She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 27)She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 28)Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 29)Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30)Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

She loved going to her Lunch Bunch at Seven Oaks Recreation Center for 22 years. she loved cross-stitching, putting puzzles together with her sister Jeanette, loved doing word search puzzles and loved spending time with her family. She always was smiling, cheerful and loved her family. She loved giving her two grandsons Dustin and Austin their back rubs.






Posted by Margaret Hopkins on March 19, 2021
On the video tab, you will find a video of my Mom's graveside service on March 30, 2020 at Beulah Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery in Pamplico, SC. 

The first song in the funeral video is "How Great Thou Art" by Robert Keefer, an Elvis Impersonator, that my Mom met in Pigeon Forge, TN for her 80th birthday weekend. He was performing at the Island Drive Lodge in Pigeon Forge, TN on August 23 & August 24, 2018. He sent us a CD of his when my Mom passed away and we played his song "How Great Thou Art". You will find a video of him singing it under the Gallery tab under video. How fitting it was since that was my Mom's favorite gospel song and what better person to sing it than Robert Keefer, since my Mom met him and he sang Happy Birthday to her and put his scarf around her neck. On the photos tab you will find more pictures of her 80th birthday weekend.

The second song is "She Loved" by Jeff and Sheri Easter. This song was my Mom and I felt it would be the perfect song about her. Anyone that knew my Mom knew that she loved everyone with all her heart. She never had a negative thing to say about anyone. It is located on the Gallery tab under audio tab.

The last song was cut off on the video and it was called "Hold On" by The Greenes. It is on the Gallery tab under audio tab . I chose this song because it helps me a lot. Some days when I feel like I can't go on without my Mom, it gives me comfort. It is located under the audio tab under the gallery.   

I have posted above at beginning of Tributes a copy of what I wrote and was read at her service and it is under the story tab.
Posted by Margaret Hopkins on March 18, 2021
Obituary
Mary “Annette” Creel Driggers – “Granny Mae”, age 81, went to be with the Lord peacefully on March 30, 2020. She was born on August 28, 1938 to the late Gurley Washington Creel and Annie Hayes Creel Lee.

She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Creel (David) Hopkins of Darlington, SC; granddaughter, Melissa Hopkins Rouse (friend Barry Smith) and grandson-in-law, Robbie Rouse of Lexington, SC; grandson, Bryan (Tina) Hopkins of Darlington, SC; great-grandsons, Dustin (Kayleigh) Hopkins, Austin (Shayna) Hopkins, Robbie (Allison) Rouse Jr. of Lexington, SC, Jonathan Taylor of Darlington, SC and Brandon (Casey) Taylor of Effingham, SC; three sisters, Mary C. Strickland and Jeanette Kelley of Irmo, SC, Kathleen Driggers of Florence, SC; one brother, Marion (Sonja) Creel of Dillon, SC, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty Creel Watford and Patricia Creel; brothers, Mayo Creel, Charles Edward Creel, and M.H. Creel.

Her legacy of Faith, Love and Service will live on through her family! Her favorite life verse that she lived daily was Matthew 7:12. Annette loved the Lord and was the sweetest and kindness person to everyone she met. She was especially close to all her friends in her Abigail Sunday School Class at Gateway Baptist Church in Ballentine, SC, and she loved her friends at Seven Oaks Park where she was an active member of the Lunch Bunch. She was also a member of Beulah Freewill Baptist Church in Pamplico, SC.

Due to precautions for the COVID-19, there will be a private graveside service for limited immediate family at Beulah Freewill Baptist Church in Pamplico, SC and practicing social distancing. At a later date, the family will be having a memorial service. The family would like to ask that anyone under the age of 18 years old or if you have been sick within the last month to please not attend. They understand that you may not be able to visit during these times and they appreciate the thoughts and prayers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gateway Baptist Church Missions Fund, 1651 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo, SC 29063, and to Beulah Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 235 W. Bazen Road, Pamplico, SC 29583.

The family understands that during this time you may not be able to visit, but it will be limited to few at a time.

Belk Funeral Home in Darlington, SC is assisting the family.

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Posted by Margaret Hopkins on March 29, 2021
My tribute I wrote for my Mom that was read at her graveside funeral service.

On Monday, March 30, 2020 at 2:55 PM, I lost my best friend and the best, sweetest, lovingest MOM ever! No words can describe the feeling when I realize I can never see you, hear you talk, make you laugh, tell you I love you, ever again.

I long for your warm hugs every time I have cried, since you left me and my heart is broken. I wish I would have gotten the chance to be by your side, say good-bye, hold your hand and give you one last hug on Monday, but GOD had another plan.

To the World you were one person, but to me you were my World! You didn’t have much, but you and I always felt like we had everything because we had each other. You didn’t leave millions in your bank account, but you left a legacy worth so much more to me. You taught me love, patience and endurance.

I thank GOD everyday for what you taught me through the years and for being my MOTHER. You were the poster child of a GODLY MOTHER!

I can’t express the smallest love and gratitude I have for you. I’ve learned a valuable lesson---“There is always a reward for those who endure hardships and obey GOD (2 Timothy 2:3).

Thank you MOM for all your wise words and love you gave me. When my feet were small you carefully set them upon the right path. You comforted me when I was hurt or afraid and listened to how I felt. As I grew, you showed me to see beauty when I was broken, brought me gladness when I was sad, praised and encouraged me when all seemed lost.

Thank you for your secret prayers for me. You’ve been my best friend here on earth for 63 years and I thank GOD for choosing you to be my MOTHER.

Proverbs 31:25-30
25)Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. 26)She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 27)She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 28)Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 29)Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30)Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

She loved going to her Lunch Bunch at Seven Oaks Recreation Center for 22 years. she loved cross-stitching, putting puzzles together with her sister Jeanette, loved doing word search puzzles and loved spending time with her family. She always was smiling, cheerful and loved her family. She loved giving her two grandsons Dustin and Austin their back rubs.






Posted by Margaret Hopkins on March 19, 2021
On the video tab, you will find a video of my Mom's graveside service on March 30, 2020 at Beulah Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery in Pamplico, SC. 

The first song in the funeral video is "How Great Thou Art" by Robert Keefer, an Elvis Impersonator, that my Mom met in Pigeon Forge, TN for her 80th birthday weekend. He was performing at the Island Drive Lodge in Pigeon Forge, TN on August 23 & August 24, 2018. He sent us a CD of his when my Mom passed away and we played his song "How Great Thou Art". You will find a video of him singing it under the Gallery tab under video. How fitting it was since that was my Mom's favorite gospel song and what better person to sing it than Robert Keefer, since my Mom met him and he sang Happy Birthday to her and put his scarf around her neck. On the photos tab you will find more pictures of her 80th birthday weekend.

The second song is "She Loved" by Jeff and Sheri Easter. This song was my Mom and I felt it would be the perfect song about her. Anyone that knew my Mom knew that she loved everyone with all her heart. She never had a negative thing to say about anyone. It is located on the Gallery tab under audio tab.

The last song was cut off on the video and it was called "Hold On" by The Greenes. It is on the Gallery tab under audio tab . I chose this song because it helps me a lot. Some days when I feel like I can't go on without my Mom, it gives me comfort. It is located under the audio tab under the gallery.   

I have posted above at beginning of Tributes a copy of what I wrote and was read at her service and it is under the story tab.
Posted by Margaret Hopkins on March 18, 2021
Obituary
Mary “Annette” Creel Driggers – “Granny Mae”, age 81, went to be with the Lord peacefully on March 30, 2020. She was born on August 28, 1938 to the late Gurley Washington Creel and Annie Hayes Creel Lee.

She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Creel (David) Hopkins of Darlington, SC; granddaughter, Melissa Hopkins Rouse (friend Barry Smith) and grandson-in-law, Robbie Rouse of Lexington, SC; grandson, Bryan (Tina) Hopkins of Darlington, SC; great-grandsons, Dustin (Kayleigh) Hopkins, Austin (Shayna) Hopkins, Robbie (Allison) Rouse Jr. of Lexington, SC, Jonathan Taylor of Darlington, SC and Brandon (Casey) Taylor of Effingham, SC; three sisters, Mary C. Strickland and Jeanette Kelley of Irmo, SC, Kathleen Driggers of Florence, SC; one brother, Marion (Sonja) Creel of Dillon, SC, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty Creel Watford and Patricia Creel; brothers, Mayo Creel, Charles Edward Creel, and M.H. Creel.

Her legacy of Faith, Love and Service will live on through her family! Her favorite life verse that she lived daily was Matthew 7:12. Annette loved the Lord and was the sweetest and kindness person to everyone she met. She was especially close to all her friends in her Abigail Sunday School Class at Gateway Baptist Church in Ballentine, SC, and she loved her friends at Seven Oaks Park where she was an active member of the Lunch Bunch. She was also a member of Beulah Freewill Baptist Church in Pamplico, SC.

Due to precautions for the COVID-19, there will be a private graveside service for limited immediate family at Beulah Freewill Baptist Church in Pamplico, SC and practicing social distancing. At a later date, the family will be having a memorial service. The family would like to ask that anyone under the age of 18 years old or if you have been sick within the last month to please not attend. They understand that you may not be able to visit during these times and they appreciate the thoughts and prayers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gateway Baptist Church Missions Fund, 1651 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo, SC 29063, and to Beulah Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 235 W. Bazen Road, Pamplico, SC 29583.

The family understands that during this time you may not be able to visit, but it will be limited to few at a time.

Belk Funeral Home in Darlington, SC is assisting the family.

her Life

Mom's 80th Birthday Celebration

Mom had the time of her life for her 80th birthday celebration. I wanted to do something special and had no clue what to do.  I thought about giving her a surprise, elegant birthday party with her family and friends and the even her friends from Seven Oaks where she had been a volunteer there for 23 years up until the Covid-19 hit in 2020 and they had to cancel all services.  She volunteered there to help with the Meals on Wheels program, she exercised there, played games, went on field trips.  She loved it.  After careful consideration, me and my Aunt decided that she would rather go somewhere for her birthday. We decided to take her to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, just me, my daughter Melissa, my Mom and my best friend Lisa Murray decided at the last minute she wanted to go.  We booked our room at The Island Drive Lodge in Pigeon Forge.  When we booked the hotel, we had no clue that on Friday and Saturday nights during the summer they have an Elvis Impersonator, Robert Keefer, there performing in the parking lot on both nights. She had the time of her life, especially meeting Robert Keefer and he singing to her for her birthday and putting his scarf around her neck. iPlus, it was also Jeep Invasion weekend in Pigeon Forge and Mom had the time of her life just sitting outside watching all the jeeps go by and some boys in the parking lot of our hotel, even asked could they have Mom's #80 balloons and they tied them on the jeep.  Everytime they rode by, they would toot the horn at Mom and that made her day! I have the pictures posted on the gallery.

Mary "Annette" Creel Driggers

My Mom, Mary "Annette" Creel Driggers, was born on August 28, 1938 to Gurley Washington Creel born 09/20/1883 and Annie Lee Hayes Creel born 05/04/1914 in Florence County, in a small town of Pamplico, SC. She was the oldest girl and she had 9 siblings. Her Mom had 10 children listed below:

Charles Edward Creel born 10/26/1936 - 10/27/2012
Mary Annette Creel Driggers 08/28/1938 - 03/30/2020
Wanda Jeanette Creel Kelley 05/16/1940
Mary Magalene Creel Strickland 01/18/1942
Kathleen Creel Driggers 08/12/1944
M.H. Creel 11/01/1945 - 11/03/1945
Mayo Creel 01/02/1948 - 03/19/2010
Patricia Ann Creel 08/23/1949 - 02/19/1963
Marion Lee Creel 06/23/1951
Betty Lynn Creel Munn Watford 06/28/1952 - 10/02/2006

My Mom faced tremendous challenges over the years; yet, no one can attest to her ever complaining. She did everything with great pride, pleasure and love than many of us do today. In 1945, my Mom being the oldest girl and being raised on a farm, she was not afforded the opportunity to finish school. She only had a second grade education, but you would have never known because she was very smart. Her being the oldest girl in the family, the challenge of cooking and helping to raise younger siblings became her responsibility while her dad, mom and older brother Edward worked the farm. Feeding her family, many times would require her to kill and pluck chickens, dig up potatoes, pick beans or peas, both of which she had to help plant and grow. She made bread or rolls and most likely baked a treat such as a cake, pie or cobbler. My mom was a great cook but what made her cooking so special was the love that went into preparing each dish, meal for her family. We enjoyed each meal she prepared for us down to the last bite (and hug). What a delight it was for me, her only child, and her family to watch her, for so many years, take such pride and joy in cooking. Whether for holidays or daily meals she loved to cook for me (her daughter), grandchildren, great grandchildren and for other family members.        
Mom's Dad Gurley Washington Creel died on 10/13/1953 and my Grandmother Annie remarried Wilbur Harrison Lee born 04/01/1917 - 07/19/1985. I was born on January 03, 1957. I was an only child. Me and my mom were always close and best friends. I was raised with all my mom's siblings and they all feel like my siblings instead of my aunts and uncles. I later got married to David Ronnie Hopkins and we had two children Melissa Ann Hopkins Rouse 09/22/1974 and David Bryan Hopkins 11/09/1976. My mom loved her two grandchildren and Melissa has two children Dustin Adam Hopkins 06/06/1994 and Bryan Austin Hopkins 06/25/1996. Her eyeballs were definitely her two great-grandsons Dustin and Austin.
My mom lived in Irmo, SC with her sister Mary Magalene Strickland and has lived there for 30 years. My Mom and four of her siblings Mary Magalene, Jeanette, Kathleen and Marion were living up until March 30, 2020 when she passed away. 
We had some wonderful years with my mom until 2020 came along. Below is a day by day update of my mom in the hospital.
A journal of my Mom's trip to hospital and never coming back home. 

On Friday, March 20, 2020, she was taken to hospital by ambulance and kept overnight. She was sent home on Saturday, March 21, 2020 to be on oxygen 24 hours a day. My mom had lung cancer in 1993 from second-hand smoke. They had to remove the bottom half of her left lung. She always got bronchitis, pneumonia very easy since they had to remover part of her left lung due to lung cancer.
On Monday, March 23, 2020, my Aunt, Mary had to take my mom to Prisma Health Baptist-Parkridge Hospital due to her not being able to breathe and not getting any better.  Due to Covid-19 pandemic, she had to leave her in the emergency room by herself. Mary had to later meet the administrator of the hospital in the parking lot to give them her Power of Attorney and Living Will.           
March 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm, 
She was admitted into Prisma Health Baptist-Parkridge in Irmo, SC. She was put into ICU on the ventilator. I pray that she doesn't have the Covid-19 virus, if so, it will be devastating for my Mom. She only has a half left lung and gets pneumonia and congested heart failure a lot. God says where two or three are gathered he hears our prayers. They did test her for Covid-19 virus tonight but will be 4-5 days before they know the results.

March 26, 2020 @10:38 am 
Mom is still resting and had a good night. Her blood cultures showed when she went in Monday that her number for infection was 17 and now it is a 12. Praise the Lord!! They tested it to see if there was any bacteria and it showed bacteria on the respiratory side, which she does have pneumonia and they are hoping it isn't Covid-19. They hope to get results from Covid-19 test today or tomorrow. She is still in an induced coma for resting purposes and ventilator purposes. Keep praying because it is definitely hard to not be able to go for to be with her for me and my aunt. Thanks for all the prayers and she is improving a little by little and we will take every little step we get. God is still working!!

March 26, 2020 @8:23 pm
Please pray for my Mom, she just spiked a temperature and her blood sugar is out of control. Dr's are doing all they can do. It is killing me to pieces to not be able to see her and be with her.

March 27, 2020 @12:33 pm
They started Mom on drug to treat Malaria, Hydroxychloroquine last night around 8:30 pm. They are now 6000 test results backlogged for Covid-19 and the doctor feels like Mom's is in the 6000. He has hers at the top of list for the hospital to get. Her fever came down to 99 and her blood sugar is still over 300 and they are trying to get it to at least 200. She is still in an induced coma. They are thinking the new medicine is working cause her fever has reduced and blood work coming down 3 points during the night. Doctor said he is praying that her prognosis will be good but he doesn't want to get his hopes up, yet. We know God is working cause a miracle happened just overnight. I am trying to stay positive and I have the faith but there is always that one little doubt from the devil that what if it doesn't happen. If it doesn't, I KNOW WHERE MY MO WILL GO, WITHOUT A DOUBT!

March 27, 2020 @7:06 pm
Mom's pneumonia is doing better but she still has a bacteria infection (which that is what the Covid-19 is) and showing in the respiratory side of blood work. Her blood pressure is dropping low, and they are giving her blood pressure medicine in a NG tube. If blood pressure doesn't come up they may have to put in a central line but they will call us before they do it. Doctor suspects Mom does have the virus and he said based on the patients he has treated in the last week, she is showing all signs of Covid-19. He said they are learning to treat Covid-19 day by day and everybody that he has treated are having the different symptoms. He did say that the test results they sent out on patients Sunday March 22, 2020, came back today, so they are hoping Mom's results will be back tomorrow, March 28, 2020. He said that only God can help my Mom cause they are doing everything they can and know to do. 

March 28, 2020 @10:18 pm
I feel helpless and don't know what to do! This morning her heart rate is up to 185 and they are scared she is going into congested heart failure. Blood sugar is down to 131, Praise the Lord! Bacteria infection is back up to 12, which it came down to 9.7 yesterday. They can only give her so many doses of the Hydroxychloroquine (the new drug) so they have taken her off of that. We gave them permission to put in the central line, today, if the need arises. I am praying hard!!

March 28, 2020 @7:25 pm
They put in central line. No change otherwise, which is good! They still haven't received the Covid-19 test results. 

March 29, 2020 @11:27 am
As of now, please God spare my Mom. Bad update but she does have Covid-19, they have ventilator turned up now as high as they can turn it up. Fluid is now seeping through her skin. We are waiting on the doctor to call us. 

March 29, 2020 @11:55 am
Mom has the virus but we haven't had any contact with Mom since Christmas Day only because she has been sick and we have been sick since January. She can't be around anyone with a sniffle when she is well must lest when she is sick. We have talked every day but we know we have to look out for her health first. I pray that God will spare my Mom just a little while longer.

March 29, 2020 @12:45 pm
Doctor just called and said that we are losing her. It is just a matter of time. It could be today, tomorrow, he doesn't know exactly when but he said to hope and pray, that is all he could tell us. I love you Mom!

March 30, 2020 @12:12 pm
Mom will probably go to her Heavenly Home today. The hospital called and they have her on Palliative Care, they won't let me go be with her during her last few hours due to I was in the hospital on January 3-8, 2020. They promised us there would be somebody in the room with her when she passes. I can't stand the thought of her dying alone. They promised me her nurse and the chaplain would be in the room with her when she passes. I really need a touch from God! My Mom was my best friend and we were always together!

March 30, 2020 @2:55 pm
My Mom took her last breath and went home to be with Jesus! God please help me make it without my Mom! 
  

    


 
 
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Shared by Margaret Hopkins on March 19, 2021
Wrote March 31, 2020 @8:50 pm
You see this sweet lady right here??? This is my sweet grandma who is part of my heart and soul, whom is part responsible for molding me into the woman I am today. My sweet grandma will always be my real QUEEN and my heart is breaking into! I know none of us are perfect but in my eyes this woman is as perfect as they come and we know you have my sweet grandma in Heaven and will take care of her. No one knows how bad it hurts to not be there to hold your love one's hand during times like this and tell them you love them. I love you very much grandma
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Shared by Margaret Hopkins on March 19, 2021
Wrote March 31, 2020 @10:24 pm
Margaret, I am so sorry abt the loss of your mom. She was such a sweet woman. Getting to know her that weekend you brought her to the mountains and brought her to our house and took all those pics of her for her 80th birthday. I know she was wrapped in the arms of an angel when she passed. I know she will b truly missed but you know where she is right now and she is not in any pain. I know there will b good days and very sad days. But just let the memories of the good times get u through all this. Prayers for you and all your family. We love u all.
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Margaret C Hopkins

Shared by Margaret Hopkins on March 19, 2021
Wrote April 01, 2020 @2:00 am
Yesterday at 2:55 PM, I lost my best friend and the best, sweetest, lovingest Mom ever! She has battled with pneumonia since March 19, 2020 and found out on Sunday March 29, 2020 she had the virus.  I was not even able to be with my Mom since March 19, 2020 through the entire time of her passing yesterday.  I feel like I have let her down, feel helpless, deprived and you name it I feel it and now I can't even give you the proper burial that you so deserve. This is the worst thing I have been through knowing that I couldn't even be there to hold her hand, to whisper "I Love You" to her during her last few hours.  No words can describe the feeling when I realize I can never see you, hear you talk, tell you I love you ever again. I long for your warm hugs every time I have cried since yesterday and my heart is broken. I wish I’d have gotten the chance to say goodbye - one last hug. To the world you were one person, but to me you were my world. You didn’t have much, but me and you always felt like we had everything. You didn’t leave millions in your bank account, but you left a legacy worth much more. You taught me love, patience and endurance. I thank God everyday for what mom taught me through the years. She was the poster child of a godly mother. This post can't even express the smallest love and gratitude I have for her. I've learned a valuable lesson--there is always a reward for those who endure hardships and obey God (2 Timothy 2:3).  Thank you Mom for all your wise words and instructions. When my feet were small you carefully set them upon the right paths. You comforted me when I was hurt or afraid and listened to how I felt. As I grew, you showed me to see beauty when I was broken, brought me gladness when I was sad, praised and encouraged me when all seemed lost. Thank you for your secret prayers for me. You've been my best friend here on earth for 63 years and I thank God for choosing you to be my Mother.