June Ann Lindley Davenport Daily

henry2My mom and most ardent supporter passed from this life this week.

I am HEART broken with the loss.

I feel like a lost child at the grocery store. I can’t stop crying.

All of you who have lost parents I know you know how I feel.

My mom is one of the reasons why I do what I do. Growing up we moved often. My dad kept getting promotions and that meant moving AGAIN to a new town.

One way my mom helped to integrate us (me and my sister) into the community was to enroll us in classes of things that we wanted to do.

For me it was art, for my sister it was athletics. My mom likes to tell people she had  to “push” me to do art. And maybe that is true. I was a very shy child, probably because I had to make new friends EVERY year for at least 10 years.

But I am grateful that she pushed me, and I love what I do – making art.

My mom always told me how proud she was of me, how talented I was and what a good mother and wife I had become. Words that lodged themselves in my heart. WHENEVER we would meet new people she would start telling them all about what I do. It seemed so embarrassing at the time while she would rattle on about my accomplishments, and now I would gladly hear her do it again.

There is no one in this world like your mother.

My mom was a true southern belle. Raised in the south where manners and how you presented yourself were a way of life. My mom always took great care with her appearance and taught her two daughters to do the same.

She was a gracious and loving wife, mother and friend her whole life.

When my kids were little she lived in Florida with her second husband Scott Daily, who was a wonderfully happy and fun grandfather to all of June’s grandchildren. Grandpa Scott.

What great memories were made with Grammy.

Brunch at the country club, golf with Grandpa Scott, playing gin at the kitchen table, trips to the ocean and dinners at restaurants with four or five wiggly grand-kids.

Through out my children’s life going to Grammy’s house meant going  to Florida for spring break and Christmas’s. Once there Grandpa Scott and Grammy would take us to all the beautiful white beaches, amusement parks, Florida tourist traps and “only in Florida” fun places, like –

  1. Busch Gardens
  2. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
  3. Sponge Diving in Tarpen Springs
  4. Babcock Ranch
  5. The Circus Museum in Sarasota
  6. The little local Animal themed parks that are now rare, and on and on and on. She always found a new adventure to experience and explore each time we all packed up and went to Grammy’s house.

My dad passed away when I was 21 years old of a heart attack. He was 51 years old.

So Mom was ever so much more important.

I miss him everyday and wish that he had been around to meet and know my sons and now grandsons. 

At least Grammy got to do that.

Thank you Mom for loving me, my sister and all of our children so well and giving us the tools to make ourselves a wonderful life.

If your parents are still alive call them up now and tell them how much you love them. As I type this I am whispering it to the heavens  right now to mine.

13 responses on “June Ann Lindley Davenport Daily

  1. Laura Krasinski

    Frieda, I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. I have been so blessed that both my parents are still doing well at 93 and my mom, 86. I can’t imagine how hard this must be for you. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.. Keep the Faith!! You will see your mom again..

  2. Gerrie

    Yes, Frieda, I do know how lost you feel. It has been many years for me, but I still want to call and ask for a family recipe or tell her a funny story. Sending you lots of hugs.

  3. Deb Roberts

    I am sorry to read of your loss Frieda. I know where you are. My mom was my best friend, I lost her 10 years ago and there is not one day that goes by I do not think of her and wish we were together. I know there are no adequate words of comfort, but know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Bonnie

    Oh my dear Frieda. I do know how you feel on both counts. Our Dad died when I was nine years old at the age of 45 and our Mum was the backbone of our family of four kids from then on…and what a woman she was! She had been abandoned as a baby born out of wedlock, brought up by Dr Barnado’s homes in England, lost her Darling after only twenty years of marriage…but was always looking for the positives in life. Our Mums are so much more than our mothers, and although she died twenty years ago I still want to talk to her about things that happen in our lives. She was born in Hastings in England and died in Hastings in New Zealand…and my Muttley and I now live in the granny flat we built for her on our property. How lucky are we? Your Mum will be with you always. Believe me…they never leave us. Hugs to you and yours.

  5. Alice person

    Dear Frieda
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother was so very special, creative and a positive influence.

    I remember how difficult the first few months are after losing a parent. We really do feel like an orphan, but remember that she taught you well and you have touched so many lives all over the world with your kind and loving spirit learned from her.
    God bless and keep you through all the days ahead.
    Love you.

  6. Deb Ward

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mother certainly gave you many gifts and you, in turn, used those to make her proud of you and to bring joy to others. I lost my mother when she was only 62. That was 15 years ago. The grief does get easier to deal with and soon you will have more smiles than tears in remembering all the things you did together. Peace be with you.

  7. Charlene

    I am saddened to hear of your loss. I still have my mother at the young age of 91 and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t count my blessings. Mine is very special to me and raised her family of four alone. She is my mother and father. Hold those you love close.

  8. Sandra Pfaff

    Freida, I’m sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I took a class with you in Manchester, NH in August this year and remember you speaking of your mom and how she was such a wonderful influence in your life. May happy memories carry you through this Christmas season.

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