It seems just a few months ago, not a year when the Lord took you into His embrace. You know that we still talk about you, the happy times we had whenever you were around and the happy times we will have when we see you again!. Today is truly the celebration of your life Mary. We pray for your family to be strong and to once again come together as a family with love and respect for one another, to cease the hurting . They had a walk today in Buffalo in memory of the 3407 crash and Mary Ellen's phone has been ringing off the hook from well wishers and friends who continue to give her friendship and love. But ofcourse you know all this! Your Christmas cactus is ready to bloom all over, we are watching it every day, counting the buds. I know you and Dad get along just fine, and that you were there to welcome Uncle Buster last week. He loved the casinos too and loved life to it's fullest. His celebration of life was so uplifting for us, anedotes from relatives and friends. We have our light on outside now as many do in Buffalo have for the memory to light the way. I love you Mary, I miss you very much. Oh, Mary Ellen just came in and told me she was on the phone with Barb and George, to share in a dedication for you, Mary Ellen looked up to the star (you know the one that changes colors) and they rang the gong 50 times and shot off the shotguns! I thank this wonderful couple who has been such a strength for her and we intend to stay friends with them forever. Well dear heart, I know you are smiling down on us tonight as you always do.
Mary, I'll always remember you as a sweet and kind person. You called me "Mom" once and I looked forward to having you as a gained daughter. You will always be in my heart and for now you are at peace with the Lord. Ma Madden
It has been a year since we last talked and I miss the last phone call of the day from you.I miss your smiling face in the window as I drove up the driveway.You were a sight for sore eyes.I was greeted with a kiss and Geneva on a leash.I was only happy to accomodate and so happy to be home with you. I never thought I could feel the way I do-We pledged our love for eternity.I looked in your eyes-now you are all I see.I see your face before I fall asleep and every heartbeat tells me I have found my soulmate.We were lost in the whirlwind of only us.The hours seemed like minutes as the years would pass.My love for you will forever burn in my mind,my soul-to FORGET is IMPOSSIBLE! I will always love you because I felt the Love that NEVER died. You made my heart race with your smile,the nights you craved cocoa puffs at 12 midnight,popsickle toes and you punctuating the air " Bear-Come up and put lotion on my back please."The comfort of your presence,the warm spring flowers we planted,the motorcycle rides on the back as you tugged my hand so proudly..My Girl-Love my Girl,the cold winter nights doing puzzles,Christmas morning (We left 2 gifts to open),Autumn bonfires and the trip to Lake Placid.Summer evenings on the front porch,when your laughter filled the air..priceless. Just before I go to bed tonight,I look out my window..See that one little shining star? Every time it Twinkles it's you saying I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU AND I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE HERE WITH ME AGAIN. I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all.But whatever I have placed in God's hands,that I still posess.My tears are in good keeping because I will see you again with "Joy." Believe it,Think it,Rest on it,It is all true.You cannot dimminish the size of our love because it Lives within me.Everything I have on earth..I have in Heaven too.You will always be the answer when someone asks me what I'm thinking about. All My Love Until We Meet Again+ Bear (ME)
Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia Motor Maids wearing red arm bands roared into the Barber Motorcycle Museum. A dedication time for Mary, tour of the museum and then lunch at the top of a mountain. Mary's spirit was with us and will be forever. Thank you Motor Maids for giving Mary this wonderful day that we will always remember.
IT WAS JUST ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO THAT MARY BOUGHT THE OLD HOUSE NEXT DOOR TO US. SHE CAME IN LIKE GANGBUSTERS. TEARING OUT WALLS, TAKING DOWN TREES.THEN PLASTER, WINDOWS, DOORS YOU NAME IT SHE WAS ON A MISSION TO GET IT DONE. I WASN'T SURE WHAT THE URGENCE WAS, BUT I SOON FOUND OUT IT WAS BECAUSE MARY ELLEN WAS HEADING IN TO JOIN HER. "THERES NOTHING I WON'T TRY ONCE" SHE SAID TO ME ON ONE OF OUR FIRST TALKS...I WOULD SOON REALIZE THIS WAS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. THIS WOMAN WAS STRONG BOLD AND DETERMINED. HOW COULD YOU NOT ADMIRE AND LOVE HER. SHE HAD A ZEST FOR LIFE AND AN ENTHUSIASM THAT WAS CONTAGIOUS. THIS WAS THE MARY MY FAMILY GOT TO KNOW. THERE WOULD BE BONFIRES IN THE DARK AT THE BACK OF THEIR PROPERTY, CORONAS ON THE PORCH, AND 2 BEAUTIFUL GREYHOUNDS GRACING THE YARD. OF COURSE BENNY (OUR DOG) WAS NOT SO THRILLED WITH THIS BECAUSE THE GIRLS(JENNY & GENEVA) WOULD NOT GIVE A DOPEY LAB THE TIME OF DAY. AND THEN LETS NOT FORGET THE DAY MARY BECAME A FIREFIGHTER AND RAN TO OUR PROPERTY TO SAVE PETER FROM A TRACTOR THAT WAS IN FLAMES. 100 MPH MARY AND FIRE EXTINGUISHER RAN TO THE RESCUE. TALK ABOUT A JACK OF ALL TRADES!! BUT MARY AND MARY ELLEN SHARED A LIFE OF LOVE AND MUTUAL RESPECT. THEY WERE ALWAYS WORKING SIDE BY SIDE. WHETHER DIGGING IN THE YARD, BUILDING A SHED(THAT ALMOST KILLED THEM) OR PICKING APPLES AND PEARS OFF THE TREES THEY DID IT TOGETHER. THE MOTORCYCLES WOULD REV UP AND THEY WOULD RIDE OUT TOGETHER. THERE WERE COOKIES AT CHRISTMAS AND CUCUMBERS GALORE FROM THEIR GARDEN. THEN TEARS AS THEY DUG A GRAVE FOR JENNY WHEN SHE PASSED. PETEY CAT IN A HARNESS WAS ALWAYS ACTING AS THE SUPERVISOR FOR ALL THEIR OUTDOOR PROJECTS.THIS FAMILY OF LOVE WAS INSPIRING. THEN JUST AS WE WERE ALL GETTING TO REALLY KNOW EACH OTHER MARY WAS GONE . HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN !! THE SHOCK TOOK DAYS TO BECOME REALITY FOR ME . BUT IF THINGS WEREN'T BAD ENOUGH...SOON AFTER MARY ELLEN WOULD ALSO LEAVE AND THE OLD HOUSE SITS EMPTY ONCE MORE. I CAN'T IMAGINE ANOTHER PARTNERSHIP THAT WILL FILL IT WITH MORE LOVE THAN THESE TWO WONDERFUL WOMEN. I AM PROUD TO SAY I KNEW THEM , THAT THEY WERE MY NEIGHBORS AND I MISS THEM TERRIBLY. MARY I KNOW YOUR LOOKING DOWN FROM THAT BIKE IN THE SKY AND I KNOW YOU"RE WITH JENNY KNOW. GOD GRANT YOU THE PEACE YOU DESERVE ! MARY ELLEN, MY LOVE ALWAYS TO YOU WHEREVER THE WIND MAY LEAD YOU.GOD SPEED MY FRIEND ! I THANK YOU BOTH FOR ALLOWING ME IN TO YOUR HEARTS,
On May 30, 2009, The Tennessee. Alabama and Georgia Motor Maids will incorporate their Spring ride with a tribute ride for Mary Abraham. They begin at Rainbow Center on May 29th, arriving in Leeds, Alabama at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum on May 30th and finishing on May 31st at Cave Springs, Georgia. We have been notified that the Motor Maids of Tennessee and Alabama have donated a book about Greyhound Rescue to the West Seneca Library in Mary's memory. Red arm bands will be worn (Mary's favorite color) in lieu of black to celebrate Mary's passion and joy of riding. At Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, Mary's significant other, my sister, Mary Ellen Madden and myself will be at the museum to welcome the droves of riders. We will be bringing a collage of pictures and a "Mary Memory" book for all to sign. Mary Ellen has been asked to speak at the luncheon. This will be an exciting event to meet these gals, some who met Mary and others who will be honoring a fellow Motor Maid. The tribute ride was Mary Ellen's idea. We hope that more rides will continue in Mary's memory. The museum's site is Barbermuseum.org.