Everyone wish a very happy birthday to my mom, also known as “Nana” or “Shirley.” (I recently was at a dinner in which 3/5 of the fiber professionals present had mothers named Shirley — an elite club indeed.)

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Nana is 84 today and in great health, with all her buttons, living on her own in her house. I cannot tell you how thankful I am for all of those things.


She is funny and silly, the kindest person you’ll ever want to meet, and her unwavering love and support have made me so much of the person I am today.


She was married to my dad for over 50 years:

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raised my brother and me to be responsible, caring adults:

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and I love her more than I could possibly say.

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2 Thoughts

  1. Marianne says:

    Happy Birthday, Nana!!!
    LOVE all the photos, old to recent.. what a beauty and… well done, Nana (!!) on raising your children, loving your husband, and loving your whole family so very well!

  2. Bridget says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NANA! And best wishes for many more happy, healthy years.

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