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Looking back on motherhood

May 9, 2014

Mae Ambos, 79, of Botkins, left, sits with her mother, Lucille Sawmiller, 98, and siblings Beverly Bockey, 80, of Spencerville, and Jim Sawmiller, 74, of Wapakoneta, back (Staff photo/Brittany Powell).

With 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren, one mother has a lot to celebrate this Mother’s Day.

Lucille Sawmiller, 98, said her family celebrates Mother’s Day by eating and spending time together. 

“A family get-together,” Lucille said, “to discuss all the things we’ve missed. We don’t want to miss anything.”

Lucille and her late husband, Warren, had five children, including Mae Ambos, 79, of Botkins; Beverly Bockey, 80, of Spencerville; Jim Sawmiller, 74, of Wapakoneta; and the late Gary and Bill Sawmiller. Lucille currently resides at Auglaize Acres in Wapakoneta.

Lucille said their Mother’s Day traditions are a lot similar to how she used to celebrate with her mother and grandmother, years ago.

Lucille said she would take her mother, Rosella Briggs, to a family member’s house for dinner and give her a gift on the special day.

Rosella was blind since Lucille’s birth, and, as her only daughter, Lucille said she took care of her throughout much of her life.

“I did her cleaning and her washing,” Lucille said. “If she had to have wall paper hung, we hung wallpaper, if she needed painting, we painted.”

Lucille said Rosella helped her whenever she had three of her own children in less than three years.

“It wasn’t easy,” Lucille said. “But I didn’t mind it. At that time, mom was there and she helped a lot, his mother was there, she helped a lot. We got along fine. They grew up, anyhow.”

For the full story, see the Saturday, May 10 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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