Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Feliz Día de Madre, Mi Querida Compañera

To celebrate Mothers Day, I write this extremely brief tribute to my wonderful companion.

We met in November of 1962 while we were both 17 and on a journalism trip of Utah County students. I represented Lehi High School, she BY High School. This is what she looked like then (she was as smart and hard-working as she was cute):

She graduated from BY High, class of '63. This is her graduation picture:

In February of 1964, I left on my mission. This is the note I wrote her (she saved it!) to thank her and her mother for coming to my farewell:

A year and a half after my mission, we got engaged. This is her engagement picture:

She graduated from BYU with High Honors shortly before we got married. This is a picture taken just after her graduation:

She graduated a second time from BYU, this time in 1993 with a Ph.D., after raising seven kids. This picture was taken just after she graduated and accepted a position as a professor of English at BYU (notice the old-fashioned IBM Selectric typewriter):

During her career at BYU, she saw many of our kids and our children-in-law get a BYU degree. Here are Beverly with me in our academic robes, with our daughter Sheri, our daughter-in-law Erin, and our son Russ:

After a 16-year career at BYU she retired to go on a mission. This is the last picture taken of her in her BYU office (notice the modern desktop computer):

In October 2008, we left on our mission. Here we are with three grandkids after the sacrament meeting where we gave our "farewell" talk:

Here she is as a missionary, receiving love and attention from the Peruvian members and serving them by playing and teaching piano:

Thank you, Beverly, for being the most wonderful companion (missionary and otherwise) in the world. Thanks for being such a wonderful wife, a loving mother of seven kids, a devoted scholar (academic- and gospel-wise), and a doting grandmother of 17 (soon to be 19) grandkids. Happy Mothers Day!


robow8 said...

Happy Mother's day Hermana Zimmerman!

Andrea said...

I'm so happy she didn't run off and get married while you were on your mission. She is a wonderful woman and the BEST mom for me!! Happy Mother's Day!

Eric said...

This is a wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman and mom! The older I get and the longer I'm a mom the more impressed by all Mom did (and put up with!) while raising 7 children. Happy Mother's Day!

Russ said...

How lucky I am to have such a wonderful mother! Happy Mother's Day!

Suzanne said...

Happy Mother's Day! I love you, Mom.

Melissa said...

Happy Mother's Day Mom! I'm so grateful to have a wonderful mother who is a great example to me. Thank you for being someone I can look up to and strive to be like. I love you!

Sharon said...

My brother is one lucky guy to have this wonderful woman! We all love her dearly. He's a pretty good catch too! And what a beautiful family.