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Mom’s Mail

Last Monday my mother received more mail than I did.

My mother died last November.

Since then, her mail has been forwarded to my house, and despite the fact that it is nearly all junk mail, I can’t say I mind that much. There is something about seeing her name on a Catalyst newsletter or a Legion magazine. Up unti the day she died, almost 25 years after my father had passed away, my mother still got mail that was addressed to him. She never removed his name from the phone book either.  It remained Byron Potter for 25 years after his death.


Author, public speaker, and workshop presenter for community colleges, libraries, women's groups and for grief support groups, Hospice and retreats. Certified grief counselor and Senior Service librarian for the James Kennedy Public library. Popular public speaker and workshop presenter on the topics of writing, couponing, utilizing your creativity in everyday life, and finding hope in grief. "Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America's Extreme Obsession" was published by Familius Publishing in 2014. "Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage" and "Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace" were released by Familius in 2014. "Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink," co-written with Mary Jedlicka Humston of Iowa City, was published in September 2015. Grief journal to be released in 2018.

One thought on “Mom’s Mail

  1. Hi, Mary

    I just discovered your blog today. My mother passed away on Aug. 19, just three months after she, my fiance, and I moved from Tennessee to the Chicago suburbs to be near my fiance’s daughters.

    She always got a lot of catalogs and now that they catalog companies discovered her Illinois address, they keep coming and like you, I enjoy seeing her name on them and have no plans to discontinue them.

    I am having a really hard time as Thanksgiving draws near.


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