By: Rosina Morrone-Reeves
“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many woman do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” Proverbs 31:26-31
I was honored when I was asked to be a guest writer for “We are His Daughters” for a Mothers Day tribute to my mother Luisa Morrone. I was so blessed to have had her in my life for 58 years. Sadly her time with us on this earth came to an end two years ago on April 6th; she died on what I believe to be one of the holiest days. It was Good Friday. The Lord called her home “Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” Proverbs 31:31
As I sat down to write I was hit with a hard reality. Where do I begin to put into words 58 years of my mother’s unconditional love for me, for us, because as I write this I hope I will also exemplify the feelings of my two sweet and lovely sisters and handsome wonderful brother; and their spouses who were not divided by the word “in law” they were also Luisa’s children.
She was a very proud mother of 4 Children, 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Tragically one grandchild had predeceased her by just a couple of years before. So many countless thoughtful teachings, her outstanding examples, a bottomless pit of encouragement, understanding and strength and a lifetime of experiences she shared with us daily? There were so many wonderful facets to my mother’s character and life that I would love to share with you. It does not seem possible to do this and give her all the praises she deserves in a few short paragraphs; these written tributes would take pages and pages and would undoubtedly fill a book. I have chosen to share with you and will try to help you capture the essence of our beloved mother. One of her greatest attributes was her “Passion” for everyone and everything.
Webster’s Dictionary defines the word Passion as “a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something”
Yes, this definition is spot on, and describes how our mom lived her life. One only had to hear our mother’s voice as her words carried a passion beyond measure. She was the 7th child out of 12, a newly wed and pregnant with her first child when she immigrated from Italy in 1953 at the tender age of 21. A couple of small suitcases and an enormous heart full of hope and faith for a new life filled with opportunity and great things for her new family.
Mom’s passion for family and faith were equal in her heart and soul. My mom was a totally devoted wife to our father and loved him endlessly; she became a widow at the young age of 50 and never re-married. She was passionate about her children and grandchildren.
She was passionate about her brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-laws, brother-in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends old and new. You get the picture, right? She was passionate about singing and music and she would often break out in song to some of the most beautiful Italian melodies, she had a beautiful voice. She was passionate about cooking for her family and prided herself on the masterful dishes she would prepare with care and love.
Click HERE to see a video of Luisa singing 🙂
She was passionate about her family history and her detailed memory for history was unmatched by anyone I have ever met. We as her children or anyone who was present, while she was recounting the past, were often students to her history lessons on our family’s history and our roots. Many times these sessions included lessons on world historic events as well. I can not tell you how many times we would join her through tears of laughter as she magically transported us back in time and you actually felt, smelled and could feel all the emotions she shared. I feel like I know so many people of her past personally because of her stories. And many times we would share and feel with her the tears of hurt, frustration and emotional pain as she shared those moments as well. She taught us so much about life through her eyes and her own shared experiences. Proverbs 6:20 “My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching”.
I was always amazed by her unfailing faith, goodness, strength, demand for the truth and her unwavering determination. My mom had a nursing career. She cared for the infirm for over 26 years. I know the special nursing care she gave to so many people who could not do and care for themselves. Through her care she gave them back their dignity and made them feel whole again on a daily basis. Many of these people had been forgotten by loved ones. She did her job with true love and devotion- sometimes at the risk of getting in trouble from her superiors, because she was spending more time than allotted with the patients. You would know when Luisa had taken care of a patient – they sparkled. The stories of her nursing days are many and could fill many pages. Mom showed kindness and respect to whoever crossed her path. Mom did not discriminate against anyone’s physical appearance or financial status. Anyone who would enter her home would be treated like they were royalty. You never left her home thirsty, with an empty stomach, or not feeling like you were special.
She taught us all to love unconditionally and to hold family dear to our hearts and to never ever lose our faith in God Omnipotent, or as she would say in Italian “Dio Omnipotente.“ She loved her family unconditionally; she encouraged and lifted us up when we were down and always continued to give us hope for better days when it seemed the rain would not let up. She was in my eyes a woman of God. She taught us well and I am a better person because of her.
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it”
I love this next passage from 1 Corinthians and very often we hear it quoted at weddings but I honestly believe that it is also a personification of a Mothers love. I believe with all my heart my mother exemplified all these things with her children, grandchildren and everyone she loved around her. This is the essence of who my mother was and still is in my heart and the endless and wonderful memories I have of her.
“Love is patient; love is kind. love is not jealous; love is not proud; love is not conceited; love does not act foolishly; love is not selfish; love is not easily provoked to anger; love keeps no record of wrongs; love takes no pleasure in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.” ~I Corinthians 13:4-7
Happy Mothers Day to all Mothers everywhere. May God Bless all Mothers and may honour and glory be theirs on this day and forever. Amen
Rosie as she is affectionately known to her family and friends is a proud and loving mother of four grown children Sarah, Karen, Laura and Michael and four beautiful grandchildren – Mahkayla, Salvatore, Carmella and Joshua. She is the oldest of four and an the oldest sister to three siblings Mimi, Josephine, and Salvatore. Rosie resides in Royal Oak, Michigan with her husband Michael. Together they enjoy working on their home and taking road trips to Toronto to spend time with their children and grandchildren. Rosie enjoys her work as an Employment Services Coordinator where she helps and assists many people on a day to day basis with job search techniques and employment services related topics. And when free time allows she loves spending time and visiting with her siblings and their families and good friends.