|Birth: ||Oct. 30, 1927|
|Death: ||Jun. 20, 2006|
Memories of my mom.
My mom was born on Oct. 30, 1927, in Greenup Co. Kentucky to Gus & Helen Reis Howerton. She was the middle of eleven children, all born at home and delivered by "Doc Meadows". They named her Una Lorraine. Mom said that her dad worked with a man whose wife was named Una, and he liked the sound of that name. Her name was often mispronounced and sometimes we would tease her and call her "Eula". My daddy called her Molly. I called her Mom.
My Daddy and Mom were married on April 17, 1945 in Portsmouth, Ohio. She was 17. He was 25 and a widower. He brought to their marriage a 3 year old daughter, Brenda Lee, whose mommy had died giving life to her. My mom happened to be the sister of Brenda Lee's mommy. Daddy had spent 3 years grieving for "his Ruby" before he married my mom.
They settled right across the Ohio River on the west side of Portsmouth. Brenda Lee was later joined by little sister, Ramona Joanne, and later still, by me, Deborah Jean.
My mom loved her girls. I remember her rocking me and singing "Henny Penny My Black Hen". She adored her grandchildren and called each of them by a special name. Monica was Bunky, Dee was Sam, Megan was Scudge, Kate was Susie Q, and the baby, Donnie, was George!
She was shy, sometimes painfully so, but loved babies and children. She loved to tease and laugh. I think she got that from my grandpa, Gus, because I remember the same thing about him. Daddy said she was "just like Gus", but usually she was being stubborn when he said that!
Laughter came easily to Mom. She loved a funny story. She loved working in her flower gardens, loved to cook and feed her family and in later years, spent hours on the computer with find-a-grave. She had a memory that I envied. She could recall everything!
She was famous for her fudge - chocolate with walnuts. It was an arduous task stirring that fudge. Her sons-in-law knew they would enjoy that fudge every year on their birthday. When she could no longer stir it, Daddy would do it for her.
They were a team, my Mom and Dad, for over 60 years. They shared a love of family and a love of their Blessed Savior. I believe when my mom was dying, Daddy comforted her with a prayer. Daddy did a lot of that...comforting us with prayer.
Daddy told me once that they had made a promise to take care of each other as long as they were able. Daddy was Mom's "legs" and she became his "mind" when his was cloudy with dementia.
My mom played a part in who I am today. I know a part of her lives on in me. My kids will tell you I say, "You need more light to read. You'll go blind!", just like she used to say.
Mom fought a long, hard battle with her illness. I knew she was not going to get well, but I wasn't ready. I wasn't ready to let her go. I still can't believe she's gone. I have some wonderful memories, but it's not the same. I'm thankful to have had her as my mother. I miss her.
Una Dillow's contributor page
Gus Howerton (1896 - 1975)
Helen Reis Howerton (1901 - 1989)
Howard A. Dillow (1920 - 2007)
Stanley E. Howerton (1921 - 2013)*
Ruby Marcella Howerton Dillow (1925 - 1942)*
Una Lorraine Howerton Dillow (1927 - 2006)
Matthew William Howerton (1942 - 2012)*
Mount Zion Methodist Church Cemetery
Created by: Deborah Dillow Shobe
Record added: Apr 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35799145