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The Mother of All Mothers
Happy Mother's Day 2017

Joe Ann Root was the Mother of All Mothers. I know this, of course, because she was MY mother. Bias you say? Well okay, you are right about that.


Mom was born on March 13, 1929, seven months before the great stock market crash. She was fortunate to be from a family of some means, and though by no means wealthy, her family remained comfortable throughout the great depression. Her father was a banker and her mother was a piano teacher.


When I think of Mom, I always think of her in our house in Liberty, Texas. Mom moved into that house when her family relocated to Liberty in 1938. That year, her father became president of the First Liberty National Bank. After she married my dad in 1960, they bought the house from her parentís estate and raised her own family there. She died in that house on July 3, 2011.


Mom was an insulin dependent diabetic for 57 years, but she handled it with grace and never let it impede on the things she wanted to do. She loved to drink bourbon, though later in life she switched to wine. Much to my fatherís chagrin, she loved to smoke cigarettes, so she pretended not to smoke and he pretended he didnít know she smoked. Mom was fiercely loyal to the family, even when we were knuckleheads, which happened on a regular basis. I miss her terribly, and there are still times that I reach for the phone to call her before remembering she is gone.


This Sunday, May 14th, is Motherís Day. In honor of the day, here are a few quotes about mothers that I thought you might enjoy:


1.    To the World, You are a Mother, but to your family, you are the world.


2.    Mother = a person who does the work of twenty. For free.


3.    Motherhood is hard. If it were easy, fathers would do it.


Happy Motherís Day 2017 to all of the Motherís out there!


​Please don't hesitate to contact me at 405.608.1903 or if there is anything I can do for you.


Best regards,



Joey P. Root

​President & CEO


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