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Vail Valley links to my mom

Annie Goodman Vail, CO,

I have grown up reading newspapers thanks to a wonderful lady: my mom, Martha Goodman. My very independent 83-year-old mom passed away last night while she was in hospice care in her home in Santa Rosa, Calif.. Many of you in the valley have provided both my mom and me with some of our best memories. My Mom would come out during the summer to visit me, but secretly I knew she came out to visit all her favorite stores and be surrounded by our majestic mountains. During her visits, she would have to have injections that she would get at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center. Everyone, especially Dr. Kolhouse, provided my mom with excellent care. Mom would insist I purchase something from Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Company and drop it off at the cancer center as a special “thank you.” My mom especially enjoyed the shopping in the valley. She had to purchase a Golden Bear necklace in Vail, as well as unique handmade earrings from the Minturn Market. She loved to visit The Yarn Store in Minturn, and the Philinda Gallery and Hughes Collection in Edwards. And the Farmers Market in Edwards, where she bought peaches to make the best peach pie! Before she became ill, we would dine at all the best restaurants, but her favorite was going to the Hyatt in Beaver Creek for a mother-daughter spa day and end up having lunch on the deck with all the beautiful flowers and watching the mountain bikers. My mom would be in amazement watching the bikers speed down the mountain. And then there was Helmet Fricker. My mom could not pass up stopping and watching him perform. I even have a picture of her with Helmet. What fun! But how does this tie back to newspapers? My mom was a kindergarten teacher In Huntington, Long Island, in New York for 20 years. She loved teaching, but more importantly she wanted every one of her “kids” to have a strong foundation and love for reading. I can still remember Sunday mornings reading the funnies out loud with my mom, while our dad made pancakes for me, my sister and our mom. Reading the daily newspaper was a religious experience at our home. To this day I cannot start my day without at least holding a newspaper and reviewing the news. No Internet Web site has the feel or smell of a good old newspaper, which will always provide me that “link” to my mom. For all my friends in the valley who knew my mom, please support Project Literacy and all the other educational programs offered to promote reading. I know my mom will appreciate knowing another child will experience the gift of reading. And please also support our local hospice, for they truly are angels on Earth. Thanks. Annie Goodman Edwards

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