In Honor of My Mother


Joy Brown Bell, 1930–2010. My mother passed away this last Saturday, November 27, after a two year illness. Even though my brother and I knew this was inevitable, there was no way to really be prepared. I feel overwhelmed, but fortunately all the preparations for the funeral mass have kept me busy. The above image is the cover design for the liturgy aid that will be handed out to those who attend the funeral. It is the last design project that I will be doing for my mother.

I have been back and forth from my mom’s house and have gathered a lot of her photo albums, which I will be scanning and posting in the near future. Unbelievably glamorous. There are albums from her modeling days before her marriage, albums of her wedding to my father, albums of my grandmother as a model in the 1920s, and an album of my great grandmother modeling in the early 1900s. But the most fun album is of my mother all glammed up in high fashion and costumes during her debutante days. All of which I would like to share with you.

4 thoughts on “In Honor of My Mother”

  1. Baby Girl says:

    Patsy Ann– you are one of the most loving, thoughtful, generous daughters’ ever! In the midst of all the funeral arrangements you are handling, you’ve taken the time to create a truly special, unique homage and remembrance of your mother, at her best, in the kindest light…you were her gift and our treasure! Huge hug, dear friend!!

    1. Patsy Ann says:

      Thank you, Baby Girl. I almost typed out your real name. You could have been outed.

  2. Judy says:

    I look forward to seeing the pictures. Take care. I hope to see you soon.

    1. Patsy Ann says:

      Thank you, Judy!

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