My mother Elizabeth Sloan Tyler September 9, 1918 – to April 16, 2015

My best friend; my life-long mentor and biggest advocate: “I love this earth. I don’t want to leave it.”

And she fought very hard not to leave it, to the very end, early yesterday morning.

Her reverence for this earth and genuine awe at all its wonders, and all of the nuances of the natural world, in its lights and shadows… she evoked in her painting and drawings.

Here, one of my favorite pictures of her – sketching on a trip we took to Italy together in 1996. I was sketching along side her in the next doorway. I remember the scratch of our pens as we were sketching the same street view, trying to capture it before it began to rain.

Mom. Mommy. You have left my heart broken. But I know where to seek you: in the all the moods of the sky. Because every time I look up and see the sky in all its changing colors, I will hear you exclaim: “Oh just look at that! Look!”



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18 Responses to My mother Elizabeth Sloan Tyler September 9, 1918 – to April 16, 2015

  1. Blessings to you Sandra …her next adventure has begun and how beautiful. You had quite a journey with her and your posts have been lovely and moving. I am sorry for what is a great loss.

  2. Jane Ayres says:

    I’m so sorry.

  3. ElaineLK says:

    Oh, Sandra, my heart breaks with yours. What a lovely, lovely tribute to your mom. Her suffering is over now. She’s at peace, and you’ll be able to find yours, in time. I truly believe she’s in a place much more beautiful than this one, more than we can even imagine. I know how hard it is and what you’ve been through. She was a lovely, talented woman. You will always have her. Peace and God bless you and your family.

  4. Jo Heroux says:

    I am so sad and so relieved. Her pain is gone. Your life has changed. Love. I send it all your way and it will not be enough. Knowing you were all you could be for her will not be enough. Remembering every detail of your shared life will not be enough.
    I wish you enough peace. I pray for your heart to quiet and feel His comfort. I offer you me…anything I can do or not do…anything you ask, I will endeavor to do.
    I understand. That’s all I know. I understand and share this pain.
    Thank you for sharing her with me.

    • Sandra says:

      I miss her so much Jo. And I missed her last breath. I was sleeping. Her aide told me to go sleep. And I wasn’t there. I wanted to be there…

  5. I do offer my heartfelt condolences, Sandra. But I know maybe as well as anyone what an ordeal you’ve been through and so in a way it’s good to have it over and to have only the joyful memories remain.

  6. Sorry for your loss. Touching post though.
    My heart goes out to you.

  7. Sandra,

    I’m sure that I write for many who know you, who have shared your vision with The Woven Tale Press, who you have published and encouraged—I am so sorry for your loss. And I recognize that much of who you are is a continuation of her—mentor, advocate and true friend. She will live on in you and through you and your creative pursuits.

    Peace to you, my true friend.


  8. Susan Kane says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, Sandra. Your memories of your mother will be active in your mind for the rest of your own life.

    God bless you and your family

  9. Dear Sandra,
    My heartfelt sympathy to you. With this message I am sending you a warm embrace.
    I was drawn to your blog because your posts about your mother reminded me so much of my journey with my own through her last years. I have always been struck by the similarities between our mothers. Like yours, my mother often said during her last year, “I love this place. Who would ever want to leave Earth? It’s so beautiful.”
    And my mother was an artist, a painter.
    I’m sure you’ll find, as I have, that life just isn’t the same now. But in that, you know how blessed you were that you had her all through the years.
    Love to you, Mary

  10. Such a beautiful tribute to your lovely mother, Sandra. Thinking of you and your family.

  11. I am so sorry to hear for the loss of your mom, Sandra! I know you miss her so much. I will be thinking of you and your family. I lost my mom in 2006, grandmother in 2009, and my husband last February. They are all still here with me in my heart and in my soul.

    Bless you!

  12. You have my sympathies. My mother passed away three weeks ago. It’s hard to fathom.

    • Sandra says:

      Sorry Tony. A word so many are saying to me now because no one knows what to say. And so hard to hear what anyone has to say anyway, isn’t it?

  13. Deepika says:

    May God be with you Sandra!
    Memories are for ever and no body can take them from us..
    Such a lovely tribute…

  14. raphaela says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful mother. xxx

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