A Sad Day To Celebrate

My heart aches for a special woman, my mother-in-law, who treated me like I was her own daughter.   My heart aches for my children who called her Muvie, who baked their favorite chocolate chip cookies, sewed their clothes and loved reading them books when they were children.   My heart aches for my husband who will miss his mother terribly.  She believed in her son and was so proud of what he had accomplished in life.

Constance Read Walter was truly an amazing woman.  A woman who was raised in a very wealthy family.  Who spent her summer’s in Capitola and San Francisco at the Sir Frances Drake Hotel.  A woman who graduated from UC Berkeley.  A woman who married an uneducated farmer’s son against the wishes of her father.  A woman who married for love and not for the acceptance of her family.  A woman who raised 6 children and was a grade school teacher.  A woman who loved her children, encouraged them to be whoever they wanted to be.  She was a woman who never judged and never had a bad thing to say about another human being. A woman with a sense of humor, a woman with the patience of a saint. A woman with wonderful stories and a song or poem always ready to be sung or told.  A woman with a love for animals.  A woman of faith.

Life will go on for us Muvie.  You’re laughter, smile and keds that matched every outfit will be missed.  Our life will never be the same and yet we will go on with re-telling your stories, singing your songs and remembering your smile.  We love you Muvie and know that you are dancing in heaven with the love of your life who has patiently been waiting for you.

Rest in peace Muvie.

Constance Read Walter

March 27, 1922 – January 22, 2012


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  1. One of Muvie's Granddaughters says:

    Well said, That’s a great picture of her.

  2. So sorry for your loss. She sounded like a very strong lady who will be dearly missed,

  3. So sorry for your loss. She sounds like a wonderful lady. The best tribute to her would be a life well lived.

  4. A beautiful tribute

  5. God Bless you Muvie — sounds like you were one heck of a lady! To leave everyone smiling and telling the tales of our life says it all. You will be in my thoughts and prayers and a candle will be lit tonight in your honor. Sending hugs to your family and your precious little dog who I am sure just misses you to know end …You made the world a better place and your family will continue your legacy till you all meet again. hugs…

  6. Oh Mandy I am so sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Muvie sounds like she was a wonderful woman who lead a wonderful life, and on her terms. Her spirit lives on in your children!
    May she rest in peace!

  7. So sorry to hear your news. Sounds like she was a pretty special, and wonderful woman!
    Your story of her reminds me of a particular poem I just love!

  8. your words are beautiful..a tribute to her!

  9. Mandy, my deepest sympathy on the passing of this amazing woman. What a blessing to have had such a wonderful woman in your life, and such a heartache to have her gone. My heart is with you, my friend.

  10. I’m so sorry. My prayers of comfort are with you and your family. She sounds like a wonderful woman.

  11. I’m sorry for your loss. Your mother in law sounds wonderful! May she live on in your hearts and memories. (((hugs)))

  12. I’m sorry Mandy for your loss. What an amazing tribute you placed on your blog….it was like I knew her myself. God Bless!

  13. Mandy ,
    My prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  14. Thank you for that beautiful tribute, Mandy, so well written and so very moving. She loved you and was so grateful for you and for her wonderful family. We will indeed miss her. Thank you again for being such a dear and loving daughter. Hugs, M

  15. Mandy,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your post was beautifully written and so heartfelt. I fear our family will have losses in the next few years, so your words strengthen me. Bless you, Ann.

  16. Mandy…
    I was stopping by to say thank you for your note about featuring my paper garland in tomorrow evening’s post when I saw this wonderful tribute to your mother-in-law. She looks like one elegant lady and from what you wrote it was not only her outward apppearance but her elegance ran very deep with regards to the way she lived her life. I am sure her legacy will truely live on through all the lives she touched her on earth.
    I am so very sorry for your loss.

  17. Your words were so beautiful about your “Muvie”, I teared up reading them. My heart goes out to you and your hubby and the rest of your family. Loss is never easy and sometimes beyond easy. Thinking of you and keep your chin up girl! xo

  18. oh, mandy, your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. muvie sounds like a woman ahead of her time and wonderful role model for the women who were blessed to know her in life.

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