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May 10, 2012

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – May 10, 2012

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell


Sunday, May 13, 2012 will be Mother’s Day.  It is a special day passed down for many generations to honor all mothers, living and deceased.  Mother’s Day was started in Europe in the 1600’s and through the years, it was called several names such as Mothering Sunday, Mother’s Day Peace and Mother’s Peace Day.


Anna Jarvis is given credit for the official designation of Mother’s Day after her own mother died in 1905.  Supported by her friends, Anna decided to dedicate her life to her mother’s cause to establish Mother’s Day to honor “mothers, living and dead”.


She started the campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day.  With her friends she started a letter writing campaign to urge ministers, businessmen and congressmen to declare a national Mother’s Day holiday.  The first Mother’s Day was observed on May 10, 1908.  Anna’s dream came true when on May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that the second Sunday in May would be set aside to honor mothers.


Mother’s Day tradition varies from families who honor their mothers and grandmothers.  A tradition that I remember and still enjoy is to wear a red flower for a living mother and a white flower to honor a deceased mother. 


While my Dad was serving as pastor of Hemphill’s First Baptist Church, my Mother would pick red and white flowers from her flower garden to take to church on Mother’s Day.  She would pin a red flower on ladies who had a living mother and a white flower on those whose mothers had died. 


Mothers are so special.  They love us unconditionally and take care of us from birth.  Having  a mother is one of the greatest gifts that God gave to all of us.


I take this opportunity to wish all mothers a happy and blessed Mother’s Day.


May 10, 2012


Biography for Mary Howell

Mary Howell is a cerebral palsied quadriplegic who has resided at Hemphill Care Center in Hemphill, Texas since November, 2009.  She lived with her parents until their deaths and then lived in her home with 24/7 caregivers.  Mary has spent her life turning defeat into victory.  Her determination and strong faith in God have been an inspiration to all who know her.

Mary attended Hemphill High School, Wharton Junior College and served as the Editor of the Sabine County Reporter.  She has received numerous awards from the Texas Press Women and the Texas Press Association. for her writing.  Mary wrote and published her autobiography in 2007, Life On The Bright Side.

She has received various awards for her services in the community. She was named as an outstanding citizen, communicator of achievement, and Texas Handicapped Professional Woman of the Year in 1986.  She was among the “Nine Who Make A Difference” selected by KTRE-TV in 1986..

Mary’s love for God makes the difference in her life, enabling her to turn sadness into happiness and apparent defeat into victory.

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