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I would like to nominate my mother Bonnie Woodyard for the 2013 Mother of the Year award.
Mom was born and raised in Owen County. She attended Lusby Mill School during her elementary years. She graduated from Owen County High School in 1960 at the age of 16. Mom married my father in 1961. They have been happily married for 52 years. Mom drove a school bus for the Owen County School System for almost 40 years. She also worked alongside my father to operate a dairy and tobacco farm. She has been a Sunday school teacher for as long as I can remember.
While I know Owen County is blessed to have many awesome mothers who have dedicated their lives to raising their children, I must admit when it comes to the “mom” category, I feel that God has given me an extra dose of blessings.
Mom dedicated her life to being a Christian, a wife and a mother. Although she raised five children, she somehow managed to make my four siblings and myself feel like we were the most important person in her world. She raised us to work hard, respect others, respect ourselves and most of all, to always put God first in our lives. Mom did not just tell us to do these things, she demonstrated these qualities.
Mom not only dedicated her life to her children, she also dedicated her life to helping other parents of the community raise their children.
During the years she drove a school bus, she has helped to parent hundreds of children. She not only transported these children to and from school, she loved these children and they loved her. I have watched her many a night lose sleep over a child that she was worried about for one reason or another. I have watched her clothe these children, feed these children and discipline these children, hug these children and pray for these children – just as she did myself and my siblings.
Mom is one of the strongest women I know. She is a cancer survivor. I will never forget the day my dad called me and told me the biopsy was positive. More importantly, I will never forget the way she handled the news. I was at work, I jumped in the car and drove as quickly as I could to get to her. I was devastated. Mom met me at the door, wrapped her arms around me and asked, “Are you OK?”
That’s my mom, always thinking of her children, even in her darkest moment. During her illness, I never heard her complain. Not once. I remember her saying time and time again, “God will take care of me.” And he did.
Again, I know there are many women in the community worthy of this award, but I would ask that you consider this amazing woman, my mom. Because in my eyes there is no one more deserving.
- Angie Gaines