S: Joan Lilian Smith
BC: To My Mom The Hands that reached out, to hug or hold me back The hands so strong, that wiped a tear or wrapped a box I bet you thought they went unnoticed The eyes of blue, that carefully watched and guarded me from danger The eyes that secretly cried each time my heart got broke I bet you thought they went unnoticed The hours spent shopping; Dinners, Birthdays, Christmas and Holidays The hours spent worrying; was I OK, were you doing enough I bet you thought they went unnoticed You were always the center of my life The one who made holidays and vacations real The one I would always come to, and know that you would care No wonder I was always close behind you Seeking your approval "huh mommy" You made my childhood a time filled with love And I want you to know, I noticed And I want you to know how truly special you are Not just to the daughter, who loves you with all her heart But to the Father who created us both You see I know that He loves me And because He loves and trusts you, He gave me to you He knew that before I found the Light in his Son It would be the light in your love that would guide my life And he knew that you would take good care of that life And so he made you a minister of love "A MOTHER" I thank God for giving me to you, and making you who you are. Love, Your Daughter, Sally
FC: Joan Lilian Smith | In Honor of | By Sally Acosta 2011
1: My memories of you are many. I remember singing with you to Dionne Warwick, dancing to Tom Jones and laughing with you to Carol Burnett. My taste in music is a direct result of your influence and the best thing I inherited from you is my sense of humor. I have always been proud to have you as my mom. As a young girl you were so glamorous in my eyes. As a teen I never went through that "I don't want to be seen with you stage". I always thought you were so much fun to be with. I remember going to Las Vegas with you on the Bus and attending Carol's daughter's wedding, and unsuccessfully trying not to laugh. I remember listening to your stories. I would love to hear about when you were growing up. The stories about the air raids were scary and I marveled at how you got through it. I laughed at your stories about your pets, except for poor Nobbler, who didn't fair so well. I felt for you, about not having the right uniform for school, knowing how mean kids can be. I mostly loved hearing about your love life. Basil with the licorice and of course Brian. I felt sorry for him, but I was glad you chose Dad. I loved hearing how he brought someone to introduce you and how he fed you instead of danced with you. I guess he figured out that as much as we love to dance, we love food more. Thank you for a lifetime of happy memories. I love you Mom
2: On January 21, 1935 a third daughter was born to James and Florence Greenland. You joined sisters Pat and Edna and were later joined by Barbara and your brother Jimmy. While a little "hairy" at birth, you grew to be a beauty. You were told by a teacher that you looked like you had Viking blood in your heritage
4: Your first real job was as a Hairdresser at your sister's Salon. Although you have lots of stories of your experience, (I remember one about a woman with bread in her hair), it was not a job that you enjoyed. | Pat was your friend, but as a true Greenland, your best friends were your sisters.
5: Holiday in Jaywick 1951 | Your memories of this first real holiday are very warm and dear to you. It was a magical time for everyone
6: I used to love hearing you talk about how you met Dad at the Spread Eagle. He was first attracted to your beautiful hair. You would tell me about the pineapple upside down cake story and how you knew that you loved him when he ended up in the hospital with his bad knee.. You were supposed to be married on October 8th 1955, but red tape caused it to be delayed until October 12, 1955.
7: Sisters, Sisters there was never such devoted sisters. Through the ups and downs, fighting and laughing, you have loved your sisters. It must have been hard to leave them to come to America. Don't you wish you had the internet then
8: The things you did for Love | Over the years, your love for Dad, caused you to do things that you were not always comfortable with. Deep sea fishing, motorcycle riding or the flex pose were done because of your love, and Salten Sea was definitely not your choice of Vacations
9: Huntington Dr in Pomona was the first house you bought as a couple. You must have been so happy and proud. I remember dancing with you to the Everly Brothers in the living room. Later, at Pavilion Dr., it would be Tom Jones we danced to. You always loved music.. You would sing us sad songs about children forgotten by Santa and Teddy Bears that growled. You made the newly built house into a warm and loving home.
10: Your dream of motherhood came true on August 26, 1957. Although you wanted a boy named Bradley, you got a girl named Sally Kim. I hope I have been everything you dreamed a daughter would be. I could not have asked for a better Mom. I always felt loved and I always enjoyed being with you. In fact the picture from Salten Sea says it all. I would follow you around like your shadow.
11: Your second daughter arrived on July 22, 1959. Cindy Sue was "Daddy's" girl, where I was always Mommy's. | This picture taken at Butlin's has always been a favorite of mine. I guess it was at about this age that you started to become a friend and not just my Mom.
12: D B E | aughters of the | ritish | mpire | The June fair was the big event each year for the club that was such a big part of your life for a time. I remember there was squabbles amongst the girls, but I think you mostly enjoyed your time there. I remember the parades and the fairs and the phone calls that wouldn't keep you a minute.
13: San Felipe was some of the best Vacations we had. Remember Moo? You always seemed to find a dog to adopt. Some great memories have come from those holidays
14: Being true to the promise you made to your parents, you waited until they had both pass before you became anAmerican Citizen. You now vote in every election and truly love your adopted Homeland.
15: While being an operator was not your dream job, you made a good friend in Dorothy while you worked at Sears. I remember waiting outside the side door to pick you up after work. You would come home everyday and tell us every detail of what happened at work, including keeping us updated on the supplies in the ladies room.
16: I was overjoyed when you accepted Jesus. While at first you struggled to admit the change in your life, eventually you gave your whole heart to Him and you have faithfully served him ever since. You were Baptized at Lake Perris with Dad by your side. | Visiting Israel was a dream come true. You actually walked where Jesus walked
17: Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30 | MMaps | November 1984 Mexico Feeding the Pigs | Teaching Sunday School
18: Whether it was to Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm or just to the Mountains for the day, you made sure we did all the fun outings. Just one question Mom, Why the pin curlers to Mission San Gabriel. No two girls have ever been more embarrassed or miserable. Where could we have been going that night to explain the wearing of them that day. At least now we can laugh about them. | T h e M o u n t a i n s | Universal Studios | Knott's Berry Farm | Busch Gardens
19: They Call her Nanny | On February 11, 1980 you became a Grandmother. Bonnie was born after a long night of waiting. We went home and after a short nap, we stopped and bought her a pretty rose outfit, before going to visit her. Tommy came on June 8, 1981. It was hard not to love those big brown eyes and chubby cheeks. If possible, you loved being a "Nanny" even more than being a Mom.
20: Motherhood was not always easy | With your beautiful daughters... | and the Love of your life.
21: Memories | Family | Love | Laughter