The Fulton Sun recently asked Callaway County residents to nominate worthy moms for recognition this Mother's Day. Here are some of the responses.
"Our mom, Mechelle Stiffler, is the best mom anyone could ask for. She spends all day working hard and caring for her patients, and then comes home to care for her three kids, her granddaughter and husband. We appreciate all the cooking, cleaning and running around she does to keep everything going. We love you, Mom. Happy Mother's Day."
— Klara Stiffler
"She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible, she walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings." She's a breathtaking masterpiece created by God himself. She is my mother, the love of my life. She shall forever be my best friend hereon and throughout. I love you, Mom. You deserve more than I could ever give you."
— Courtney Unger
"This Mother's Day, I would like to recognize my wonderful mother, Janice Maddox, for everything. I love how she is always there for me, even at my worst and helps me with anything and everything. She's loved me unconditionally and put up with me for 18 years. The sacrifices and amount of hard work she has put in to make sure her kids are OK are amazing. She's hard working, loves my younger brother and I no matter what we do and I can't thank her enough for being the best mom ever."
— Chloe Staats
"I'm nominating Josephine Musico because she's a single mom out of millions but her daughter has come out very well. Her daughter earns straight As, is very respectful and always tends to her mom whenever she needs anything done. Josephine not only works at the Dollar General distribution center for 12 hours, she then comes home and freelances for the Jefferson City (News) Tribune and the Fulton Sun and edits books. She works almost four jobs without a complaint. She goes full speed ahead even when she's very very tired from her day job. She has my utmost respect as a mother and I have the pleasure of calling her my friend."
— Raphael Garcia
"Not all mothers get to celebrate Mothers Day with their children. My good friend Joy Bissenden is a mother, but not the typical mother in the world's eyes. She lost her son Hayden tragically. He was only 23 weeks along when he was born. She and her husband got the privilege to hold and love him unconditionally until he left this world for heaven. She doesn't get to hold his hand daily, read stories to him, tuck him into bed or any of the many things motherhood blesses us with. She holds on to his memory in her heart. She is one of the strongest of mothers that I know because she has taken this journey with such grace and continues to move forward. To me she is the strongest woman and mother I know. I want to wish her the happiest of Mother's Days."
— Sherry Feltner
"My mother, Veronica Toledo, is my hero. I never thought I'd get to share Mother's Day with her this year but she's been cancer free for five months. Every day, I'm grateful to see her beautiful face. She's an amazing mother and grandmother, and she's my best friend. If I could give you the world, I would, because you're mine."
— Adabeya Lohr