Sweet and Sassy: It’s Mother’s Day


I’m sure my siblings will agree we have a wonderful mother. She was a strong person, a great teacher, inspirational and a hard worker, and she was a great cook and seamstress in her day.

We were blessed with both our parents, who are still with us today. I’m so glad they met more than 70 years ago at the Darke County Fair or we obviously wouldn’t be here.

Mom always had good advice and lots of wisdom. I attribute that to our Grandma Riffell being a German Baptist and raising her children in that environment and surely passing on her religious beliefs to them, even though none of them became German Baptists themselves. Grandma let them have their choice in that matter.

Mom is the only one left and the youngest of the nine children born to Emery Calvin and Mary Catherine (Stoner) Riffell. She was 14 months old when Grandpa died.

Our mother stayed home with us four children while Dad worked, except for the time he broke his arm falling off a horse he was riding {too fast in wet weather} and was forced to be off work. She worked that Christmas season at G.C. Murphy’s, a downtown Greenville department store at that time.

Then, after younger sister Brenda was higher up in school, she went to work for Aunt D’Arleen Waymire in her floral business in Ansonia.

She really seemed to enjoy that. And, yes, Mom is so creative that she even helped with some handiwork around the house to the point of building things.

When looking up some quotes on Google to use for this column, I found a couple that I liked.

They are: “You might think I never hear what you say, Mom, but the trick is: I live by your words everyday,” and “Mother is she who can takes the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.”

Mom loved all of us unconditionally, and that love was passed on to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and now great-great-grandchildren.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom, and to all you other mothers, mothers-to-be, grandmothers, great-grandmothers and great-great-grandmothers.


Don’t forget:

• The Treaty City Seniors Dances continue every Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge on East Third Street in Greenville. Tom Everhart will entertain with his rock and roll music of the past. There will be food to purchase, soft drinks only, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

•The Ansonia Community Garage Sales will be June 9-11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To have a sale listed on the map, a $3 fee is required. The registration fee can be mailed to Betty Burnfield, P.O. Box 758, Ansonia, OH 45303 or may be dropped in the Water Department drop box, but they must be in an envelope marked Community Garage Sale. You may list three items only. Deadline to have your sale listed is May 27. Maps will be available at most area business and city building by June 8.


• May 11 to Maurice Herron, Dennis Poffenberger, Joan LaFuze Mangen, Crystal Barga, David Campbell, Gabe Wombolt and Jenny Schlecty Stutz.

• May 12 to Matt Armold, Zachary Martin, Thomas Ward, Kurt Brown, Dean Edwards, Retha Bubeck and Ken Pence.

• May 13 to Jim Miller, Marcia Christian Henry, Kaleb Gerace and Barbara Fee.

• May 14 to Tom Buemi, Pauline Baker Albritton, Ruth Koverman, Wanda Armold, Reganne O’Connor, Gavin Kelch, Dean Eby, Kathy Huecker, Justin Shuttleworth, Emily Schmitz and Keith Smith.

• May 15 to D’Arleen Waymire, Matt Klackner, Tasha Fledderjohn Anderson, Kyle Cox, Chuck Miller II, Gary Cothran,

• May 16 to Nancy Fetters, Ethan Hemmerich, Ed Ruhe, Derick Hathaway and Jody VanHoose.

• May 17 to Dick George, Deborah Sagraves, George Starks, Mike Appleman, Alan Lindamood and Linda Yoder.

Happy belated birthday to: Marcia Williams Delk on March 21; and Kenny Delk on April 28.

Happy anniversary to Larry and Cheryl Peters on May 14; and David and Jennifer (Ernst) Sturgill and Carla and Adam Kunk, all May 15.


Don’t forget to pray for: Stacy Dorko, Dick Michael, Shannon Peters Hall, Tom Hawkins, Phyllis Gibbons, Rosemary Wetzel, Greg Whittington, George Fanning, Kenny Borger, Deanna Jones, Mary Marshall, Jenson Fullerton, Judy York, Treva Hamilton, Sue Miller, Gary Reier, Carmen Sanders, Michael Allen Clark, Elmer Long, Anthony Joyner, Shirley Mead, Dave Sloan, Harry Moody, Jim Moody, Maxine Weimer, Linda Subler, Jerrod Pratt, Tim Ridenour, Shelly Hoffman, Keith Howard, Betty Grimes, Kathy Magoto, Dean Brewer, Lisa Hall, Dick Neff, Tammy Shapiro, Ken Martin, David Magoto, Phil Clark, Sonny Hunt, Jim Marker, Terry Longfellow, Don and Nina McDaniel, D’Arleen Waymire, Lee and Bea Moody (our parents), Linda Johnston, Ron Kreitzer, Pappy Harshman, Rick Jones, Delores Duncan, Frank Shapiro, John Klipstine, Elsie Svajda, Dave Sherman, Sue Chitty, Phil Chilcoat, Christine Pipenger, Paul Barton, Terry Ungericht, Gracyn Blackburn, Lowell Arnold, Robert Codling, Kohen Thwaits, William DeBord, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr.

Also, Kathy and Tom Hamilton, Joanne Sharp, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Cary Van De Grift, Dina Dancer Morris, Teresa Mayo Amspaugh, Jim Crotcher, Tina Kiser Deaton, Alvera Schmitz, Tonia Thompson, Fred Monnin, Stephen “Brownie” Brown, Nate Epperson, Brad Pipenger, Faye Schlecty, Sheila Reed, Bill Beasley, Steve Cunningham, Kody Ketring, Bob and Sandy Finkbine, Kevin Dickey, Joe Martin, Tracy Bailey, Brenda Grimes, Margaret “Peg” Bundy, Kevin Hemmerich, Penny Starns, Tim Heck, Vanna (Hannam) Abbott, Addie Henderson, Barb Morrow Zimmerman, Samantha Smith, Todd Walls, Ron Kramer, Melissa “Missy” Helmer, Dana Holzapfel, Kara Didier, Carla Welch, Bill Schuette and to all those others who suffer from the many debilitating diseases.

And, God bless all of our military people serving and protecting this nation, as well as rescue, fire and law enforcement personnel who put their lives on the line to protect us.


Jamie and I send our condolences to the families of Ray Francis, Larry Bemis, Gilbert Bemis and Linda Beumer.


Think about it: “Mother: The greatest unconditional and infinite love we will ever experience in our existence.” — Unknown


By Linda Moody

Sweet and Sassy

Linda Moody is a staff writer for The Daily Advocate. Her column appears every Sunday. She can be reached at [email protected].

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