Monday, April 06, 2009

La Mamma Morta



My mother, Patricia Strickland, died at home in San Luis Obispo last Thursday evening at the age of 75. An aggressive brain tumor killed her quickly, gently and fairly peacefully. Her four children have been doing a lot of crying, and we'll be joining each other this week to spread her ashes at her favorite beach in the world.



The photo above is from three weeks ago when she was taken out to lunch by Jack Watson, an old friend from Redondo Beach High School days. Goodbye, mom.

Update: My niece Katie put up a nice blogsite with photos which you can get to by clicking here.

26 comments:

markley said...

Mike, my heart is with you and your family. Be well.

Jon said...

Mike, Bless you and your family.

pjwv said...

I can only echo the preceding remarks.

jolene said...

Mike, my deepest heartfelt condolences.

Matty Boy said...

Have a safe trip down south, Mike. I'm sorry for your loss.

Lisa Hirsch said...

I am so very sorry; deepest sympathies to you and your siblings and all of your mom's loved ones.

Sibyl said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

namastenancy said...

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
We remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter
We remember them.
In the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring,
We remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
We remember them.
In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
We remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
We remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
We remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
We remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live,
For they are now a part of us,
As we remember them.

Words from the Book of Jewish Common Prayer.

I sorrow for your sorrow. Namaste!

janinsanfran said...

Oh Mike -- I am sorry to read this.

Take time for yourself. It takes time.

Blessed be.

Ced said...

Sorry to hear the sad news, Mike. My prayers are with you.

Larry-bob said...

My condolences, Mike. Best wishes to you and your family.

Leslie said...

RIP. I am DPHS class of 74.

Spots said...

Oh Mike, I'm so sorry.
I'll be thinking of you and your family while I send you loads of love...

R. Morgan Jones said...

Mike, our deepest condolences to you, and your family. GOD Bless your dear mother, and your rememberance of her. BE Blessed!!!

Love & Peace...
Morgan & Myles

Greg said...

deepest sympathies to you and your family....

whabbear said...

My sympathies, too, Michael. I never met your Mom, but I wish I had.

Goodbye, Patricia Strickland. The world is a more interesting place, to me, because you were in it, and brought into the world someone who would grow up to become an absolute original!

I suspect that you were one of those, yourself.

momo said...

dear Mike, you and your family have my deepest sympathy.
Joanna

Adriel Hampton said...

My condolences, Mike.

LouisianaJones said...

Michael, I'm so sorry for your loss but am glad you spent time together at the end and said all you had to say to each other. Best wishes to you and all your sisters as you begin to heal from this difficult time.
Louisa

affinity said...

be gentle with yourself during this sad time.

rootlesscosmo said...

Mike, I'm so sorry. Nothing ever makes up for losing people we love. My deep sympathy.

The Opera Tattler said...

Terribly sorry to hear this. Deepest condolences, Michael.

Kit Stolz said...

my condolences...

Mantium said...

Michael,

Chris and I are saddened to hear of your loss.

FranIAm said...

I am late to this Mike but am here to offer my condolences to you.

That photo really brought tears to my eyes, what a lovely looking woman.

Wishing you peace and consolation.

Monica said...

SFMike -- I'm going to assume the comment above in Chinese is from a friend of yours from the Asian museum.

Forgive me for not posting my condolences sooner. Based on what I know of you, your Mom did a great job of raising her kids to be conscious of their community. It's a great legacy.

Loved the photo of her with the pearls on the site you link to. Was that her high school graduation photo?

All the best, Monica