Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mama Brenda






My mother, Brenda Lee Eddy Van Otten, passed away on June 5, 2012 after fighting for eight months to overcome brain cancer. My family and I were able to share time together with her throughout the month of May, which I think Mom appreciated, and which we all needed. I photographed her resting on May 14 (her 24th wedding anniversary to my step-dad, Ron), surrounded by her Mother's Day flowers and cards. I wanted us to have this memory of her strength, and of our love for her. The three color photos are by Leo Patrone from Oct 2011.

My mother gave life to seven children! She loved her four step-children and sixteen grandchildren! I am amazed by her talents, her generosity, her courage and her faith. Thank you to all family and friends who are supporting my family and sharing their love and prayers.

I miss you, Mama. Among so many memories, I keep thinking of your vibrant smile. I will miss you until I see your beautiful face again and get to hold you in my arms.

8 comments:

The Cammocks said...

Leilani ... we are so sorry to hear about your Mother and we hope that her passing was easy and peaceful for her and for those who supported her in her last hours. I think it is hard to say goodbye to someone we love and who has been such an important part of our lives. I think you will miss her alot through out your life. As a Mother I cannot begin to put words to the joy of having children and loving them ... and I really want to honour your Mother's mothering of you and all of her children, as imperfect as it may have been ... she has loved you and given you life and she lives on in you and as you prepare to become a Mother she will be with you in many ways as you pass on her legacy and love for you to your children. What a great joy and blessing for her to have her children with her for a time as she comes to the end of her life. She can pass through this life feeling the love of her family. I hope this is a healing time for you and a time of peace and reflection and I hope you feel supported and loved by those close to you, as you come to terms with life here without your Mother. We are thinking of you. love Pete & liz Cammock

Heather said...

Leilani, I want you to know how much I loved your mom. She was such a great lady and great example. She will be missed!
It was so great to see you.I am so happy for you having a baby. When you have your baby your mom will be there. Trust me. Each one of my kids I felt so strongly my mom's presence and I know you will feel the same. It is amazing. Again, it was fun to see your beautiful face! Take care. ~Heather

The Speres said...

Oh Leilani. I love you and have you and your sweet family in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Even though I only met Mama Brenda twice, I feel I know what a wonderful, thoughtful, and faithful woman she was because of the person you are. It's hard to feel consoled at a time when you've lost a loved one, but it brings peace to know that your mother will have a lovely time with your little one before he/she comes to join your family.
Thinking of you, Schatz.

Kristi said...

She was one amazing lady and such a great friend to my mom. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Heaven certainly gained an angel.

Sending love,
Kristi (Dahl) Larsen

Shayla said...

Leilani, Just wanted you to know that my thoughts are with you right now as you grieve the loss of your mother, that must be one of the hardest things in life. I hope your faith carries you through and that you can always keep the happy memories with you. Shayla

P.S. and congrats on becoming a mom yourself.

Chelle said...

Thank you for sharing this with all of us. Love you beautiful girl with all those beautiful feelings.

Mandy said...

Lani~
I just wanted to let you know that you are still in my thoughts and prayers. I know time as goes by, the messages and phone calls begin to dwindle, but just know that there are probably a lot of people who are still thinking of you and your family!

You have a wonderful mother. She was a great example and such a kind woman! With out a doubt, Beautiful inside and out! :)

Sending my love!
xoxoxo
Mandy

jenn potter said...

I love you Lei. I am glad I got to know your mom and see her beauty. Thank you for sharing these with us.