In memory of my dear mother, Maria, who took her life Feb. 24, 1989.
My mother, came from a large Brazilian family of 10 brothers and sisters. She was a mother of three, a nurse, a grandparent, a foster grandparent. I can remember her at a dim lamp over our dining room table preparing for her Practical Nursing License, when I was young. She gave me a Renoir art book with this quote she wrote- “Dear Sherry, May you be as great a painter as Renoir”-“Today, I will love myself, and patiently care for my needs so that my security, soon, will grow to include others.” I loved her philosophies of life and miss her dearly and her sense of humor. She was 67 when she left us. The photo below is my mom a few years before her death.