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The following information was submitted by Kesia Johnson:
Mom's mom died from cancer when mom was three. My mom was raised an orphan in Costa Rica . She was twenty when she met my father. They fell in love and she left her home for his in Kansas where they were married.
She did not know English or how to drive a car when she moved here. Dad's search for a job moved us from state to state. We finally settled in Alabama .
She began college when the three of us were old enough to go to school. For four years she drove a school bus, worked a full time job and went to school at night. Yet, I feel in no way that I did without her.
Somehow she always managed to be there when we needed her.
Now that I am a parent myself, I understand how hard it must have been. She has inspired me to go back to school despite my struggles. She has shown me that with hard work and dedication anything is possible.
I don't know of anyone that deserves this more.
My mother is the strongest person I know. Many doors have been slammed in her face yet she always found that window that God leaves open.
She stuck it out for everyone.
Today mom is a strong woman everyone adores and respects. She is my hero, my role model, and my best friend.
She is a perfect example of what is possible in America .
She says "If I can do it anyone can." I have always wanted her to have a day of pampering, but there's no way I could pay for it.
She has had the same haircut for fifteen years. I have been begging her change it.