Mary Jo Clardy
Answer one question or many - using words, photos or other media.
What will you miss most about Mary?
I love you and I miss you so much Mom.
If you could send Mary a message now, what would you say?
Did Mary have a favorite phrase or common mannerism?
Here are a few of her unique phrases that she used:
"I've cut the banana half in two so that you can have some too."
"Would you like a plumb? If you said no, she would ask you again in a few minutes. "Would you like a plumb?" Finally you would take the plumb just to make her happy:-)
"The milk is in the fridge". Mary Jo's grandchildren loved to tease her about that one.
---She was overly articulate. She always pronounced the "h" in words like "white", and when she said "orange" it sounded like "ah-ringe".
---She would use her fingernails to tap an object she was talking to you about, usually a bowl or a tupperware dish full of food she had made for you.
---She always showed you to your bedroom if you were going to stay the night. It didn't matter that you had been to her house billions of times and knew the floor plan by heart. She would still escort you to the rooms and tell you that there were fresh sheets on the bed.
---She always offered a stick of big red chewing gum and a kleenex if you rode in the car with her. She would shoot her arm out in front of you if she had to brake hard, and she would give you whiplash while backing out of any parking spot. She also kept gloves in the glove box!
---If she disagreed with you she would say something like "I did not either" or "You will not either" while keeping her eyes closed for an unusual amount of time.
---When she called your name from another room she would sing it in a higher than normal pitch with a vibrato. She used the same sing-song voice when answering the phone.
---When she used your name while in the same room it was usually after rattling off a list of other relatives first. Lori-Nicole may just as well have been my birth name.
---She was a compulsive planner and would often be found with a manilla folder filled with printed mapquest directions.
---She did not ever leave the house without her red lipstick and Georgio Beverly Hills perfume.
---She rarely used the correct gender when talking about her pets.
---She always had a stack of recycled printer papers, cut in half and stapled together to form a notepad, by the phone.
---Whenever you left her house she would follow you outside and wave to you until your car pulled out of view.
What did Mary dislike?
What did Mary love?
What are your best memories of time together?