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Paulding Countians recall the greatest lessons they learned from mom
by Adam Elrod
aelrod@neighbornewspapers.com
May 08, 2013 09:12 AM | 1224 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, District 19 State Rep. Paulette Braddock, R-Hiram, with her mother, Pat Trago.
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Mother’s Day is Sunday, and some are looking for the perfect gift to thank their mom for the love they have shown. The holiday was created in the U.S. in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe and now is celebrated on the second Sunday in May each year.

With the annual celebration approaching, four Paulding County residents looked back at what they believed were the greatest lessons they learned from their mothers.

District 19 State Rep. Paulette Braddock, R-Hiram, said her mother, Pat Trago, taught her to have a great work ethic, and to have inner strength.

“She is just a strong person,” Braddock said.

Linda Verscharen, executive director of social service agency Family Alliance of Paulding Inc., said, “She always taught me to put God and Jesus first in my life, and everything else will fall in place.”

Her mother, Beth Lachman, also taught her to love unconditionally. Verscharen credits the two lessons for her career in the social service profession, she said.

Brian Bloye, senior pastor of West Ridge Church in Dallas, said, “If you are going to do something well, you have to work at it.”

Also, his mother, Judy Hitchcock, taught him the power of prayer, he said.

District 67 State Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville, said he learned from his mother Susan, “Always be true to the person God has called you to be, and you will always be just fine.”

He said it encompasses the statement the Apostle Paul made in the Bible to “die to self” daily.

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