Norma Noral Royal April 15, 1915 – December 29, 2014

January 3, 2015


Norma Noral Royal

The owl box was started because I wanted to share Molly with my Mother and sister who lived in Bakersfield, California, 200 mile away. She was 95 at the time. Many of you got to know her on the Owl Box, so I thought I would let you know she passed away in her sleep this past week. The cycle of life continues, just as it did in the Owl Box.

My Mother

Born April 15th 1915, she lived almost 100 years and before she passed she said to me. “I have had a wonderful life and I am ready to go.” I wonder how many of us will be able to say the same thing when our time comes?

Let me share a few things you may or may not know about her and her wonderful life. She had five kids and in her eyes they all turned out great. I told her once, Mom, I have done good. She looked me right in the eye and said, all my kids have done good. Letting me know each of her children had done well in their own way and one was no better than the other in her eyes.

She only had an eighth grade education but she was smarter than most people I knew.  She could out spell anyone of us kids growing up and she was better at numbers too. If you don’t believe me just ask anyone that ever played a game of cards or dominos with her. She would win your spare change and smile all the way to the money jar where she kept her spare change and added to it regularly.

And if you are looking for an inspirational story, just listen to this one. With five kids in tow she started her working career in the fields and packing sheds in and around Arvin, Lamont and Bakersfield picking cotton, potatoes, hoeing weeds, packing plums and grapes doing whatever it took to help support the family, but she finished her working career as a Surgical Technician working alongside the finest doctors in the surgery rooms of San Joaquin and Kern Valley Hospital. She would say, “I can do any job, if someone will just show me how.”

While most students complete their education between the ages 18 to 30, she received her Surgical Technician Certification at age 52 and received her National Certification of Meritorious Achievement from the Association of Operating Room Technicians at age of 59.  Colin Powell said it best, “A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”  And anyone that knew my mother knew she never backed away from hard work and sweat. She was always there to help and get the job done.

Her life is as an example for others, but I don’t think she thought of it as teaching something; it was just how she lived her life. She had an open door to family and friends, always willing to help and share what little we had. “It was the Oklahoma way,” she would say. I can remember more than once seeing a family member, relative or friend showing up at our home needing milk or food for their baby or rent money and Mom going to her purse or refrigerator or both and giving them a helping hand. I remember once, when she opened her purse, she hesitated for a moment as she looked inside, but then she handed the lady standing there with her baby her last dollar bill. I remember asking her, even though I was very young at the time, why? Her only response to me was, “We will get by.” Like I said, her life was an example to live by. That’s just the way she was.

She not only believed in herself and what she could do but she also believed in us. I remember my mom and me meeting with the counselor to select classes for high school. I told the counselor I wanted to take college prep classes: Math, Science and Engineering. The counselor looked at my grades and my test scores and suggested to my mother that I take vocational training classes. I can still hear my mother saying to the lady, “My son can do anything he wants to do. Please put him in the classes he has requested.”

While I was in high school my mom became famous. That’s right famous. She was in all the newspapers across the country, the sports section of all places. “Mother stops high school wrestling match.” I was on my back about to be pinned when all of a sudden Drew Washington, the wrestler on top of me from South High, let go, and let me up. My mother, ever the protector, had come rushing out of the stands and tapped Drew on the shoulder. When I escorted her back to her seat in the stands to a roar from the fans, without embarrassment, she said, “I thought he was choking you.” Think about it, she went to the mat for me.

Rarely did I ever hear my Mom say anything bad about anyone; that just wasn’t her. She believed in live and let live. Also, I never ever talked to my Mom that she didn’t ask about my wife Donna and how she was doing. She was always a very caring person.

They talk about Super Mom’s today like it is something new, but I can tell you it is not. I can remember Mom holding down multiple jobs, getting up at 4 AM to fix breakfast for Daddy and packing his lunch, pack her lunch, our lunches, then see us kids off to school, go to work and still come home and fix dinner for the entire family and in her spare time do the laundry and the house cleaning. Oh, and did I forget to mention she also helped with school fund raisers, charity drives and with summer recreation, like handy crafts, swimming, hiking and day camping.

One of my fondest memories of childhood was going day camping and learning to cook Ring Tum Diddy in a coffee can over an open fire, hiking five miles and swimming in the Kern River. She didn’t do this just for us but for a whole bus load of kids and not just once but daily for several summers as a volunteer. I know, how did she have the time? I don’t know but she did. It is like she was the first Super Mom.

And for all you young girls and women you should definitely take a look at Grandma Royal’s life. Even though she got married at 16, had 5 kids and was devoted to her husband, she was definitely a feminist and made her own decisions. Back in those days the man was the head of the house or at least that is what we were told by Momma even though we all knew Mom handled the money and paid the bills. The rule was, the man of the house made all the big decisions, especially when it came to buying things like a car. I mean, what could a woman possibly know about buying a car?

My dad found out in 1955, when he came home from work and in the drive way sat a brand new red and white 1955 Plymouth with a push button automatic transmission. My mom had not only bought the new car but had haggled the trade-in of our old one which was having problems. I think my Dad would have really been upset, but my Mom, your Grandmother or your Great grandmother, depending on your age, was really smart. My dad’s favorite color was red and she bought a red and white car. Think about it, she bought it for him, how could he object. It is the one car I remember the most and my Mom bought it.

I think one of the reasons my Mom lived such a long life is she had a lot of good days even in hard times. She had this philosophy that most things in life, good or bad, just aren’t a big deal in this journey through life. We are born with nothing and we leave with nothing. “Just do the best you can son,” she would say to me, “and the rest will take care of itself.”  What a great lesson to learn. “Just do the best you can and the rest will take care of itself.” Another favorite saying was, “A wise man never leaves home without his coat.”

My Mom loved family and friends and she loved having them over for visits.  In fact, it is about the only time I can remember my Mom complaining about anything. Let’s say 100 people stopped by to see her, she would complain it wasn’t a 101. My Mother could perform miracles in the kitchen, kind of like the miracles in the Bible when it came to feeding people. She never complained like so many do, if a stranger or extra guest or two arrived just at dinner time. We kids were always bringing someone home for dinner. No, with a smile and a welcome she would jump up, head to the kitchen. She could expand any meal. She had been a cook, first at the elementary school, then at the new Arvin High School when it was built. One of her favorite five minute specials was fried potatoes, hot biscuits and gravy.

She left the following for all of us. It is by Mary Alice Ramish



To those I love and those who love me

When I’m gone, release me, let me go.

I have so many things to see and do.

You must not tie yourself to me with tears;

Be thankful for our happy years.


I gave you my love. You can only guess

How much you gave me in happiness.

I thank you for the love you have shown,

But now it’s time I traveled on.


So grieve for a while, if grieve you must

Then let your grief be comforted by trust.

It’s only for a time we must part.

So bless our memories within your heart.


I won’t be far away, for life goes on

So if you need me, call- I will come.

Though you cannot touch me, I’ll be near.

And if you’ll listen with your heart,

You’ll hear my love all around you loud and clear.


And then, when you must come this way alone,

I’ll greet you with a smile and say,

Welcome Home


Norma Noral Royal

So if you want to pay a tribute to Mom, just post a little note on the blog. 

I was blessed to have been her youngest son.

Carlos Royal


197 Responses to “Norma Noral Royal April 15, 1915 – December 29, 2014”

  1. Connie Hatfield Says:


  2. What a sweet, heartfelt tribute to your Mom, Carlos. She sounds like one of the very special ones. You (and Donna) are in my thoughts.

  3. Judy Says:

    Wonderfully written. You were lucky to have such a mom and to have her in your life as long as you did. My sympathies.

  4. cheryl Says:

    So sorry for your loss and thanks for the touching words you shared with your owl box family.

  5. Elizabeth Sprague Says:

    She was a beautiful woman!

  6. Nob Says:

    You are so very blessed to have had so many years with such an incredible woman. You, your family, and the world have lost an amazing lady. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Prayers and well wishes are winging your way. Love Nob

  7. Genia P Says:

    Dear Carlos, thanks for letting us know. I know how hard it is to lose a mother, but what joy that you had her in your life for so very many years.Hugs to you and to Donna, (and to Molly, wherever she may be.)

  8. debbie/owlboxmagic Says:


    God speed you homeward to heaven, mrs. royal.
    carlos, hugs all around to you and yours.

    blessings always on your house.

  9. A lovely tribute to an amazing woman. Blessings to you and your family.

  10. Merrily Says:

    To Carlos, Donna & family
    What a lovely eulogy to share at your Mom’s passing. She sounded like a wonderful mother and you adored her. My deepest sympathies to all.

  11. Mary Alice Staggs Says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, and your Dear Mother and you and your family will be in my prayers. This was a beautiful tribute to her strength and courage, you are blessed to have had her for your Mother!

  12. Marie Says:

    It is clear to see that you and your family have been blessed to have her.

  13. Ginger (Owlbert/FinnWV) Says:

    Thank you for sharing with us about your mother! What a beautiful and strong woman she was! We have all in a way been blessed by her life through you and the way she raised you. Thank you for sharing so much of your life and wisdom with all of us! Also keeping you and Donna and your family my thoughts and prayers!

  14. Irisheyes - Colleen Ireland Says:

    Carlos my condolences go out to you and your family on the passing of your dear Mother. You have written a very nice tribute to your mother, one that only a child can do. Keep her in your heart as she is watching over you forever.

  15. Jo (dennens) Says:

    What you wrote about your wonderful mother explains a lot about you as well. You have had an amazing teacher. Sending Love and Hugz… Jo

  16. Claudia Fowler Says:

    Thank you sharing this wonderful written portrait of your mother.


  17. Linda Ellen Zembryski Says:

    How vert special Norma Noral Royal. She lives on in ALL of you she left behind. GOD bless her… GOD bless you… I always look forward to words from you. So sorry of the loss of a Mother, wife, sister, daughter, what a wonderful full life she did indeed LIVE. AMEN…

  18. Katy Van Note Says:

    What a wonderful tribute, Carlos, for a wonderful life. Such a fine mom and such a fine son. Thank you for letting all of us be a part of your lives. Blessings, Katy

  19. Virgene Colby Says:

    What a wonderful life she had and a great tribute. So glad you shared this.

    Virgie Colby (auntie vee)

  20. Peggy Buckner Says:

    Carlos, your mother sounds like a wonderful woman it would have been my pleasure to know. I am so sorry for your loss. Bless you and your family at this sad time.

  21. Cindy Robin Says:

    Lovely tribute, Carlos. A good life and legacy. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Irene Withrow Says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother, Carlos. May God Bless you, Donna and the rest of your family at this time. This was a wonderful tribute too her.

  23. Kim Newkirk Says:

    What a great tribute and life Carlos. You are so blessed to have had your mother for so long, as she was to live almost 100 years. Prayers and sympathy to your family.
    Kim Newkirk

  24. r'smom Says:

    Dear Carlos, Donna, and Family Royal, Such a touching tribute, and having seen a bit of the family during the owlbox days, I believe every heartfelt memory. It’s written that the day of ones death is better than the day of ones birth.. how can that be? Newborn babies are undeniably precious, but with their life ahead, they’ve established no history.. But on our last day, ones name, with a lifetime of fine works is an overflowing treasure, just as that long and loving tribute plainly states.
    Norma Noral Royal, we’ve been blessed to know you through your dear family, and it’s a fond wish and hope that I may meet you someday in Paradise.
    Gentle hugs to the family,
    Ruthiesmom, Chris

    • lilbirdz Says:

      Ruthiesmom, your words are a new perspective for me and an inspiration. I am sure the same generous and positive words could be written for you – but not for a long time, I hope.

  25. Tippy Says:

    Heaven: + 1
    Earth: 1,000 + wonderful memories :)


  26. Dee Hodson Says:

    What a wonderful tribute to an exceptional lady. So glad you posted this. Heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

  27. janie2 Says:

    A wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beautiful mother.

  28. Nancy Hartnell Says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. It sounds like she had a wonderful life and you will carry those memories forever. My sympathies to you and Donna and the rest of the family

  29. zbergie Says:

    Carlos,so sorry for your loss and thanks for sharing with us.

  30. bblovesbooks Says:

    What a beautiful tribute to one who sounds like a wonderful mother and a very loving lady. My condolences to you but rest in the knowledge that she is happy and at peace and just fine where she now resides.
    I want to thank you once again for sharing with us the wonderful experience of the owls. The brought joy to many and for me personally helped me through a difficult time after the loss of sevreal dear family members within a very short period of time.
    May God bless you and Donna and all your family.

  31. Kathy Bensch Says:

    Sorry for your loss

  32. Pursja Cat Says:

    Beautifully written for a wonderful woman. So sorry you lost your Mom, Carlos. But what a rich full & long life she lived. With your memories, she will always be with you.

  33. Amie Durden Says:

    What a wonderful tribute for what sounds like a beautiful woman. Thanks for posting and so very sorry for your loss.

  34. My deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. We share in your sorrow knowing that she was an exceptional mom and citizen and also that was the impetus for the owl box broadcast. She lives on in her children and those who learned from and continue to learn from her example. May you be at peace as you continue to hold the memories of her close. Thank you for sharing your remembrances with us at this sad time. Love and hugs, Linda (tresbien)

  35. Cathy Says:

    So very sorry for your loss! You had an awesome mom, your words were wonderful and thank you for letting us all know. You and Donna became like family to all of us who followed your beautiful owls! Hugs to you and Donna from Spokane WA!

  36. Carol Stanley or planetmom Says:

    What a wonderful tribute to your mother. So sorry for your loss Carlos but what a wonderful person she must have been and what a rich full life she had. I have a friend that always responds to someone’s death with “Well good for her!” So Well good for her the greatest adventure of all!

  37. Wendy Morgan Says:

    So sorry for your loss. But weren’t you lucky to have had such a great mom and for so long. And to know that she will be with you always.
    Wendy (Hootie)

  38. donna.simonson Says:

    Carlos you are indeed your mother’s legacy. What a wonderful tribute you have written about her. I wish I could have given her and your dad a big hug and look into their eyes and thanked them both for the gift of you. You inspire so many just as your mom inspired you. Her eternal home awaits her and all the treasures she has earned in the eyes of Our Lord and Saviour. Thank you yet again for sharing so much of your world and heart. God bless you and Donna always and your family as well! Love, hugs  and prayers “owlways”! OwlLuver Murrieta Ca a.k.a.Donna Simonson

    Sent on a Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy S® III

  39. Says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful woman. What an example she set for your brothers and sisters and yourself. Thank you for letting us know. I miss all of the Molly crew. Susan Royals

    Sent from my iPhone


  40. revmmg44 Says:

    Oh Carlos, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. It is difficult anytime to lose your mom but especially hard right in the middle of the Christmas/New year’s holidays. Her poem that she left to you all made me cry. What a wonderful witness she was and I know she is very, very happy now meeting those who passed on before her. Thank you so much for sharing all the wonderful things about her. She sounds like an amazing lady. No wonder you turned out to be such a great “kid.”
    May God Bless you, Carlos and Donna at this sad time for you. I know Norma is in a special place where there are no tears, no pain, and so much peace. I will keep you in my prayers. Grief is a difficult journey but she was worth it I know.
    Love you, Martha Gibbs (calliopekid)

  41. Theresa39 Says:

    What a beautiful eulogy for a beautiful lady. You were so blessed to have each other.

  42. divomad Says:

    Lovely post honoring your mum, well written and so interesting, yes she had a wonderful life indeed. From Molly and McGee I remember seeing your chats and I can see you really have likeness of your mother. All best wishes to yourself and Donna from Australia (it is very hot and bushfires)


  43. erindort Says:

    I send you and your family my very deepest sympathy, Carlos.

    I remember you mentioning her several times during the Molly days, and how you live streamed Molly’s box so she and your sister could watch. She certainly sounds like an extraordinary mother and person. You are blessed with beautiful memories, and I know she is missed dearly.

    Much affection,

  44. Jane Says:

    What a beautiful tribute to a remarkable woman. My most sincere condolences.

  45. My heart and prayers go out to you, Carlos and your family. It was a beautiful tribute to her and I know she is smiling down on you. She led such a rich, wonderful life and as she said, she was ready for whatever lie ahead. So blessed to live to such a grand age. Thank you for sharing your tribute to all of us. It is wonderful to hear from you and the family. We came across some of the Molly and McGee books and items the other day and had a wonderful time reminiscing. Those were such glorious days we spent following the owls. Take care, blessings abound…

  46. Angel Says:

    Carlos -Your words so vividly describe this exceptional spirit who gave herself to so many throughout her blessed life. Knowing a bit about your mother now so easily explains your own ethics and connections to people, and so it continues.

    You are blessed to have had such an incredible woman for a mother and I am certain her love for life and people is reflected in the hearts of all of those who knew her. Thank you for sharing your Mom with us, Carlos; I hope you can feel the collective hugs of the many people whom you, also, have touched.

    Angel Fitzsimmons

  47. Darlene from Oregon Says:

    What a perfect tribute to your precious Mother Carlos. My sincere sympathies for your loss. Thank you for sharing Molly and McGee with us. Thank you for sharing your tribute to your Mother with us.
    God’s blessing on you and your family Carlos.

  48. Teatime Says:

    I send my sympathy to you Carlos and your family with the passing of your Mother. I enjoyed reading the beautiful tribute to your Mom…very touching.

  49. KathrynR Says:

    What a beautiful, heart-felt tribute for your mom. God bless you and your family.

  50. LoviesMom Says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You obviously shared a great love and bond. A wonderfully written tribute!

  51. Nora Jenn Says:

    Carlos, You expressed your heartfelt thoughts to us, just as you used to do when we gathered in chat in the morning for a Molly Mocha. Your Mom was a special woman, that is evident, but you and Donna will always hold a special place in my heart also. I send my sincere sympathy to you and yours, and I’m so grateful that you wanted to share Molly & McGee with your Mom, because that ultimately (with Austin’s help) began your journey of sharing Molly & McGee with the world. May the Lord bless and keep you. Hugz & heartsz from Couleedam (Nora).

  52. Carlos,
    Thank you for sharing that amazing tribute with us. You were blessed indeed to have such an exceptional mother, and to have had her for so long. I’m very sorry for your loss. It is never easy to say goodbye, and especially hard at the holidays. You have a new angel in Heaven now, watching over you.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Mary Beth Turek

  53. debbie Says:

    I’m very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She sure sounds like one great lady. Your tribute to her described a strong determined woman with a beautiful soft heart. I would have loved to have met her. If I were there instead of here in OK, I would bring you over a casserole, as that, too, is the “Oklahoma Way”.

  54. sbentley2014 Says:

    Carlos – This was such a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  55. Torri Cable Says:

    We share mothers named Norma- what lucky people we are. Thank you for sharing Carlos – I lost my mom while we were enjoying the second clutch and the owl box helped me get through that very difficult time. Owls still bring me warm thoughts of her, and how special all of you are in my life. May your grief be short-lived and your memories be loving.

  56. Janice B. Says:

    Thank you for letting us all know about the loss of your mom. What an incredible woman she was and she set such a wonderful example for her children. With deepest sympathies.

  57. DianaJoe Says:

    Thanks for giving us a beautiful tribute to your Mom. There is not a day that I don’t think of Molly and McGee. RIP Norma Royal

  58. Pam Says:

    What a wonderful woman. God bless her as he blessed anyone that knew her.

  59. andrea Says:

    my deepest sympathies on your loss. wonderful tribute to your mom. i will keep it and read whenever i feel down.

  60. Evi Adams Says:

    Dear Carlos and family,
    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mom. She was and still will be an inspiration to many. As a nurse who scrubbed in the OR, the Surgical Techs are the heart and souls of the OR. Not a job for the faint of heart considering the tempers on some of those surgeons! We met her along with Molly and will keep her in our thoughts as she soars to a higher plain! God Bless!

  61. Joseph Yousefy Says:

    What an incredible woman! Very powerful eulogy, It made me cry reading it.
    Carlos, now I know why you are such a smart and wonderful man, you get it from her.

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  62. Cheryl Ronning (CAR) Says:

    What a beautiful memorial for such an amazing woman. Her life is a wonderful legacy and a lesson for us all. My deepest condolences to you, Donna and all of Mrs. Royal’s family and friends. As she says, “Bless your memories within your heart”. May you find peace in those memories, and comfort in the support and love of those around you.

  63. Becky Says:

    A beautiful tribute to an amazing woman. I believe we all understand why you have so many wonderful attributes. Thank you for sharing.

  64. Janeen Nickell Says:

    Thank you for sharing your tribute to your mom with us from the owlbox. Your mom sounded like a truly amazing woman. My deepest condolences to you, Donna and your family.

  65. What a wonderful tribute to your Mother. Our family’s thoughts are with you.

  66. Judy Ambrose Says:

    Wow, what a wonderful tribute to your Mom and so well deserved. Such an unselfish and loving woman. Love to hear stories like this one. Inspirational. We love you, Carlos and Donna for all you have given US and will forever be grateful for all you have done to change the world. Now I know where you got your giving nature. It all makes sense. God Bless You

  67. Cathy & Denny Otool Says:

    Carlos , so sorry for the loss of your Mom. What a wonderful loving caring Mother she was, and how lucky you all were to have her. A wonderful tribute to her. So sorry ,but sounds like she was ready to go and seems to be happy with what she had accomplished in here lietime and is now another Angel watching over her children from Heaven. with sincere sympathy to you and Donna and you family. Love & Hugs and again thanks for sharing her life’s story and Molly and McGee with all the world.. Cathy O’Tool DM Iowa

  68. Bonita Lyon Says:

    Carlos and Donna, What a wonderful tribute to your mom…and celebration of her full and productive life. We know how special she must have been having raised the likes of you., Carlos. Her life and her philosophy is very inspiring and I know that you will miss her. Your mom was actually THE beginning of what has become a phenomena…from wanting to share the owl box with her to an amazing end product! Thanks for sharing with us your mom’s life. Bless her and you all too. Bonita Lyon (aka, Bonnibell)

  69. Susan Says:

    This is a beautiful memorial celebrating your mother’s life. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  70. Sherrie Pearl ( Sher67 ) Says:

    Carlos, Donna & Family

    What a wonderful tribute to your Mom, and what wonderful words she wrote for you all. My deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mom. She definetly was a strong woman and lived her life with drive, sharing and love. Your Mom was and is a wonderful role model. If it wasn’t for you wanting to share the owl experience with your Mom & Sister, we would never have had this wonderful experience. God Bless you and your family and RIP Norma Noral Royal <3

  71. You, Donna, and all your family have my deepest sympathy. I know how it is to lose a mother who was so warm and loving. Thank you for sharing this with us – your owl box family. I cherish my Molly & McGee memories and I thank your mother as well as you. Love from this Oklahoma MOD.

  72. Carlos and Donna: I am very sorry for your loss. Thank you for this wonderful tribute – what better way to honor a mother than through the things you learned from her! By the way, my own mother was once a surgical nurse despite never having graduated from hight school (due to the war – she grew up in Holland). Although the specific circumstances were different, she lived her life much as your mother did – with hard work, integrity, and humor. And no small measure of control – she ruled our roost even though all the big decisions were my father’s to make. My mother was 85 years old when she died several months ago. I really appreciate your sharing with us your mother’s poem.

    Sylvia Oey (SactoSylvia)

  73. twoclubs jane Says:

    Dear Carlos, Donna and the Royal Family. I am touched by the love and beauty your mother gave you. It was her season to go but she was ready for she knew she had accomplished a full life. How blessed you all are to have had her so long in your lives. May she soar in peace knowing the legacy she left.

    My heartfelt condolences,

    twoclubs jane

  74. Susan Hawkes Says:

    Dear Carlos, Donna and family – what an inspirational tribute to a wonderful woman! Thank you Carlos for sharing memories of your Mom with us. My deepest sympathy – you are in my thoughts – Sue Hawkes

  75. nancy Says:

    Thanks you so much for sharing your mom with all of us. Such an inspiration. I am forwarding your message to many friends and young people so that they can hear her story.
    My deepest sympathy for your loss, but what a wonderful life to remember and cherish.

  76. Donna Says:

    So sorry to hear about your wonderful mother! She was a special lady and lived many wonderful years!!! If not for her, so many of us would not have gotten to experience Molly & McGee. I so miss those days. My deepest sympathy to you and your family!

  77. FloridaSkye Says:

    Dear Carlos, Donna and all the Royals, I am so sorry to hear of Norma’s passing. What a blessing that she was with you for so many years. Thank you for sharing your lovely tribute to your mother with us, Carlos. I am praying for you and your families.


  78. Pat Canada Says:

    What a wonderful strong woman to have had for a mother. Bless you and your family and believe that she IS there with you when you need her.

    Love, Pat Canada

  79. perettipoems Says:

    A beautiful tribute to a great woman! Thanks Carlos for sharing all this, and my best to you and all your family. – – Marilyn

  80. Kathy G Says:

    Dear Carlos & Donna,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know that your mom lived a long & happy life, but it is still difficult to lose a loved one, no matter what. I’m sure you were a wonderful son, Carlos. It is so evident in the way you live your life. You both have given of yourselves so generously, in allowing the world into your home The time spent was a blessing for all of us who joined you on the “Molly”adventure. Thank you so much. I will keep you & your family in my prayers. Kathy G.

  81. Carolyn Hirsch Says:

    Oh my, what a sterling, ROYAL tribute to your mother . Of course you admire her and now all of owl-people do too. Thank you for sharing your heart and her astounding life with us, Carlos. And condolences as you make this journey of letting go.

    Sent from my iPhone


  82. Wendy Says:

    Dear Carlos,

    I’m so sorry to learn of the passing of your beloved mother. My thoughts are with you and Donna and all of your loved ones. Your mother will live forever in your hearts and memories.


  83. Lynne Townsend Says:

    Carlos, I am sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing–what a great tribute to a strong woman, and a loving Mother you just posted. When I lost someone very dear to me I received a telegram which simply stated; “God needed one more angel”. Prayers to you all.


  84. Kathy K - prettyrose44 Says:

    What a wonderful Mother. You were fortunate to have one of the best! Hope this poem will bring you as much comfort as me when I lost my Mother.

    When somebody dies, a cloud turns into
    an angel, and flies up to tell God
    to put another flower on a pillow.
    A bird gives the message back to
    the world, and sings a silent prayer
    that makes the rain cry. People dis-
    appear, but they never really go away.
    The spirits up there put the sun to
    bed, wake up grass, and spin the
    earth in dizzy circles. Sometimes you
    can see them dancing in a cloud during
    the day-time, when they’re supposed
    to be sleeping. They paint the rain-
    bows and also the sunsets and make
    waves splash and tug at the tide.
    They toss shooting stars and listen to
    wishes. And when they sing wind-
    songs, they whisper to us, don’t
    miss me too much. The view is nice
    and I’m doing just fine.
    – Ashley

  85. Alex Says:

    This is a beautiful Tribute to your Mom. She was truly an amazing woman! Sending you, Donna and your family my most sincere condolences. – Alex (Maui Tulipgirl)

  86. Laurie Bishop Says:

    My deepest sympathy for the loss of someone so precious. How great to have had her in your life. All the best.

    Laurie Bishop

  87. Lucy Sanders Says:

    Dear Carlos,

    So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. What a wonderful tribute to her, she certainly must have been a phenomenal woman. I know you all will miss her greatly, but she left you with so many memories that she will never be truly gone. Take care of yourself and Donna. I miss Molly & McGee!!! :-)

    My best,
    Lucy (silent MOD from Troy, Ohio)

  88. Lisa Tye Says:

    My prayers are with you and your family. You wrote such beautiful things about your mama, she sounds like such a special person. You sure do look like her! I lost my daddy (he was 86) two years ago and I cherish my times with my mama. Please know I’m thinking about each of you!! Lisa Tye Columbia, SC

  89. Carlos and Family, So sad to hear this news esp. At this time of the year. She had a super family and raised them very well. You should be very proud of her. May she Rest In Peace.

  90. doxielver Says:

    What a beautiful story of your mom. What a remarkable woman! May God bless you and aid in your comfort. I’m sorry for your loss and although I never met you all in person I felt very much part of the family. Miss the owls too. Terry Flinn / Oklahoma.

    Sent from my iPhone


  91. Kitty Carlyle Says:

    Dear Carlos, Donna, Austin and family,
    You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear mother and grandmother to many children. She truly lived a very good life, full of love and showing her children how to become responsible adults. May you find peace and hold onto each other at this time. Very truly yours, Kitty Carlyle

  92. Linda Greene Says:

    Dear Carlos and Donna,
    My Sympathy to you for your loss. Your touching tribute to your Mom meant very much to me. Love and peace to your whole family.

  93. Christie Ranney Says:

    I do not know you–nor did I know your mom, personally. But your eloquent summation of her life so fully and beautifully lived, makes me feel a close friend. God b
    less all of you–she has obviously left you all with such wonderful memories and such great lives. It is my hope, as a mom, wife and grandmother, that I can leave half the legacy that your mom has.

  94. kate Says:

    Carlos, Thank you so much for this touching and loving tribute to your mom and for sharing your amazing inspirational stories about her. It has been a true gift. I read your tribute with my husband and son. We laughed and we smiled at the humorous parts and the entertaining way you can always tell a story. Hearing your memories, we felt enormous admiration for your mom’s giving nature, her incredible achievements, and for the way she was always so proud and protective of her family. We understand just how deeply fortunate you forever will be to have been her son. There are so many lessons to be learned by the examples she set. She certainly had a wonderful attitude about life and a great spirit for making the best of each day. Now we know where you get your wholesome values, your strong work ethic, and your perpetually upbeat attitude. It is amazing how much you physically resemble your mom by the photo you posted. I rejoice in the wonderful life she had and for the equally wonderful children she raised. We are blessed to have known her through you. Thank You. Our condolences and love to both you and Donna.

  95. Angelique Goodnough Says:

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful memories, Carlos. You and your mother were blessed to have each other.

  96. What wonderful memories of you mother, sweet memories that will live on in your heart. Thanks for sharing Carlos.

  97. Amy Jensen Says:

    Carlos, Donna & family. Thank you for sharing, My sympathy to you. Blessings.
    Amy Jensen

  98. Teri Trickey Says:

    Carlos, I received this email and your special letter about your mom, and want you to know that the way you turned out says so much about your mother. You wrote beautifully about your experiences with her growing up and really painted a picture of a determined, smart woman with so much energy and caring for others and life. The poem at the end helped me think about my mom who has been gone 17 years, but never, ever forgotten and so loved!

  99. Annette Says:

    Much love to you all at this time.
    Annette aka AnnSavage

  100. Deepest condolences, Carlos. She sounds like she was a great mom. Glad she felt she had had a good life; no regrets.
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

  101. Jerilynn Says:

    What a wonderful tribute to your mom! Her work here is done, she did well. I’m sure she will be awaiting you one day. Thank you for sharing your family with us. May the Good Lord be with you.

  102. Linda Howard Says:

    Bless her, RIP sweet Norma.She was a treasure!

  103. LeRoy Says:

    She raised a good son, and her son raised a good mother. Glad she could pass so peacefully, thanks so much for sharing.

  104. Karen Robinson Says:

    Just wonderful and beautiful tribute to your Mother! Thank you for sharing her poem……..I am going to put her words in my Bible. Bless you and your family.

  105. Forrest Song Says:

    Carlos, Donna & Family I am truly sorry for your loss. She has left a beautiful legacy.

  106. Thresa Granger. (TByrd) Says:

    Oh Carlos, it’s obvious your mother molded you into a wonderful compassionate man who loves to share happiness to all who cross your path. You are so blessed to be her son. I cherish my 87 year old mother and appreciate every day we have with her. God bless you and your loved ones at this time of sorrow. We miss you, your family and the owls.

  107. What a marvelous tribute to a marvelous lady. You were so blessed to have her in your life, and those of your family. She obviously lived a very full life. Thank you for sharing her with us, Carlos. HUGS.

  108. BonnieKay Says:

    What a beautiful story about your mother. You are very blessed to be her son. We see her love and kindness in you. Cherish the memory’s. Bonnie

  109. Darlene Says:

    Thank you for the beautiful tribute to your Mom. I bet she was very proud of you. I’m thankful that you set your cams up for her to see your beloved owls. Many people benefitted from your cams, including myself. Sounds like you came from good stock. Heartfelt condolences sent your way.


    God Bless you both, Carlos. Your mother did indeed change the world for the better, since she was the impetus that caused so many of us to come together. I just was sent this video, and it seems to me, that it exemplifies the way your mother lived. I hope you enjoy it. Hugs from Gai in Houston.

  111. holly sue Says:

    Dear Carlos,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You honor your Dear Mother with a most beautiful story of a life so well lived, She enriched the lives of her children and all who knew her. May God bless and comfort you. I know your Mother will always be close to watch over you and those she loved.
    Holly Sue

  112. Kathy N. Says:

    Peaceful rest for your sweet Mother.

  113. Cecily Says:

    What an incredible woman and mother. You are a reflection of all she taught you. I had a card I had when my own mother died that said “To live in hearts we leave behind is to never die”. May her example of how to live life be a lesson to each and every one of us. God Bless you and yours.

  114. Katey Wise Says:

    Carlos and all of the Royal Family… My condolences go out you and your family. Your folks sound like a wonderful inspiration in your life and I know the Owl Box CAM was originally set up so your mom could see Molly. I believe animals go to heaven and M&M are entertaining your
    mom at this very moment. Hugs to the Royal Family.

    P.S. My owl box looks just like yours and I continue to have visitors but only one clutch thus far… I got a new owl box this Christmas which will be installed in another part of my year with CAMS as I really do need the rodent control… You were really my inspiration…..THANK YOU
    Katey Wise

  115. Says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed your heartfelt memories of your mother- she was a wonderful woman. My own mother, now 87, was a “supermom” too with five children -we fortunately still have her, but are grappling with a bad prognosis received just yesterday. I was quite downcast today but after reading your touching post and your Mom’s words I am going to focus on the positive. We are a fortunate group who have had such a parent with us for so long. Bless your family. D. Waite

  116. Lee McGrew Says:

    Hello Carlos, your mom’s well documented story is a treasure for us all and very much appreciated.

    God has truly blessed you and your family.

  117. Sally Edge aka MollyLoverForever Says:

    Oh, Carlos – and family – I’m so sorry. I know how much you loved your Mom. And if not for her, so many of us would never have experienced the once in a lifetime Molly & McGee Owlbox and everything that means: the love, the caring and compassion and friendships which still exist. I always feel that someone who lives that long, feels good about the life they have lived and dies so peacefully is really blessed. My sympathy to you and your family.

  118. Theresa C. Says:

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” –A headstone in Ireland. Heartfelt condolences to the Royal family.

    ~~Theresa C.

  119. Doreen Miksits Says:

    Beautiful tribute to quite a lady from her loving and loved son.

  120. K8Orlando Says:

    I’m deeply sorry for your loss. From your beautiful words it’s obvious her light shone brightly – and continues to shine through you and your family. A life well lived. Peace.

  121. Kathy Weed Says:

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family for the loss of such a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Your loving tribute reflects the deep love and caring she nurtured within your family. I hope she knew that through her, hundreds if not thousands of people shared that some love and caring not only for the owls but for each other as a result of your sharing Molly and McGee with the world. Bless her. “All I ask of you is forever to remember me as loving you.”

  122. Sue Steinke Says:

    So sorry for your loss. What a lovely tribute to her Carlos.

  123. Sam Fleming Says:

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. What a wonderful tribute to her! And what great stories. thank you, many times over.

  124. OC Says:

    How wonderful that your mom had such love and respect from her children. I’m sure we all strive for the same. I’m so happy you had the pleasure of having her for your mom as long as you did. Some people are just born angels, she was one. Rest in peace Norma. (hugs) to your whole family Carlos.


  125. Sylvia Hix Says:

    Carols, you and your family were so very lucky to have your Mother for such a long and fruitful life. My deepest sympathy to you and yours. A beautiful tribute to her . She left you all with a wonderful legacy.

  126. janet from maryland Says:

    Carlos, what a moving remembrance you have written. It is clear how much you loved your mother and how much she passed on to you. As we often thanked you for all your efforts on behalf of the owls, we should have also been thanking her for raising such a wonderful son. Blessings and hugs for you and Donna and the rest of your family. Samaramom

  127. So sorry about the loss of your mom. I know that she must have been special if she so willingly cared for others and raised her children as you have described. Take care Carlos and family. Jane— janesgarden77

  128. Kathy from New "Owlbany" Indiana Says:

    Carlos,you captured a portrait of a woman who was most extraordinary and who left so many wonderful lessons and memories to treasure. As much as you know she was ready to go, it is never easy to say goodbye. Please know you and your entire family have the prayers and love of the Molly community far and wide. Always listen for your mom in the stillness of the backyard night, in the flutter of an owl’s wings or the gentle rustling wind. Contemplate her continued presence as you contemplate the night stars. May she rest in peace and rise in glory. Please continue to keep in touch with your owl friends via your blog and let us know how you are faring.

  129. Dale Says:

    Carlos,I don’t think we ever feel old enough to lose a parent…but what a wonderful long life she had and what great memories and stories you will be able to share with family and friends.
    Hugs to all of you.

  130. Sally Dausch Says:

    Carlos, Donna, and Grandchildren, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your Mother, MIL and Grandmother; almost 100 the things she saw in those years and the changes, and to raise 5 children all to become successful in their own right, how proud she must have been; Carlos she will be waiting for you when it comes to be your time and you all will be together once more and as a Molly watcher I thank her for without her none of this wonderful thing we know as Molly/McGee would never have been. <3 :)

  131. horseblog22 Says:

    Dear Carlos, So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful mother. I tried to post on WordPress, but it won’t let me. You and your family have done so much for so many of us through your posts and blogs. I can’t thank you enough. With much sympathy, Charb- judy martin

    Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 22:34:30 +0000 To:

  132. Jo-Ann G. Says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your mother passing. I so loved your note documenting your mothers life. I smiled when you talked about her getting the red and white push button 55 Plymouth. I too had a push button Plymouth only it was a ’57 that was two tone green. Your mom sounded like a really wonderful protective mother. I laughed at her protecting you on the mat from being choked to death. So sad that in those days most women barely finished grammar school. My grandmother only made it through the 6th grade. A college educated person may not be as smart as you may think.. Unfortunately parents wouldn’t have wasted money to educate a girl as she is going to get married and have babies and stay home. Your mom was a trooper.. taking care of everyone and working very hard besides. thank you so much for sharing this with all of us old Molly and McGee folks. Just a note about owls.. In my neighborhood the city put up a great number of owl boxes. I don’t know if there are any owls but whenever I see them.. (I see 3 of them from my home) I smile and think of you and our M and M family and all the fun we had. Best wishes and prayers to you and Donna… Miss all of you…

  133. Donna Says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss Carlos, I to loss my mom in December right before Christmas. I remember you talking about her many times watching the owl box. She lived a long life and will always be with you. Take care

  134. Sally (AmethystCat) Says:

    I am sorry for your loss. Your mom reminds me so much of mine. You, Donna and the rest of your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  135. Barb Polo Says:

    Thank you for sharing so much of your mother with us, we always remember the stories you told us about her through the years of the “owl box”. You and your family were blessed to have her for so many years. We will say a prayer for her tonight and for you and your family for as long as you need them.
    Love ya to bits…….
    Barb (Orionstorm)

  136. Jan Halstead Says:

    Thank you for sharing, once again, what is so dear to your heart in such beautiful words. We now feel like we knew your mom in a personal way. She was a wonderful mom and friend and you will always have precious memories. We are sorry for your deepest loss but happy she was chosen to be your mom. God blessed you with the best. Jan in Indiana

  137. painteddaisy (June Keane) Says:

    What a wonderful mom you had Carlos. May she rest in peace and thank you for sharing her amazing story.

  138. Barb Says:

    Carlos and Donna my love and deepest sympathy go out to you and your family. Carlos you have been so blessed to have such a great caring lady in your life for all those wonderful years. You honored her by opening your heart and letting us in to see an incredible compassionate inspirational lady with goals toward achievements. Now she has turned the reins over to her beloved family to carry on of her attributes. It’s obvious that you Mr Royal carry on all these same traits that she was blessed with. Because of her and your enormous big heart for others we all were able to enjoy Molly and her families, but in not so many words Norma Nonal Royal blessed us all too.

  139. Linda Lindstrom Says:

    Thinking about your family during this sad time. What a lovely tribute to your mom!

  140. doorcountydi Says:

    Wow, what a long and wonderful life and a great tribute, Carlos. My sympathies.

  141. Fran (Luvmolly) Says:

    What a great woman Norma was, and yes she did a great job with her children Carlos. especially you!!! This was a wonderful tribute from you.. we are so glad you wanted to share the fun with your Mom to share Molly and McGee.. May God bless you and your family in your time of grief..Hold her close to your heart and keep her memories close too.. with love and respect for you and Donna and all your family..

  142. Mike and Lynne Morrow Says:

    Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your mom. Thank you for sharing such a loving and poignant essay about your mom.

  143. Colleen (Puggz) Mill Valley Says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful tribute to your mom, Carlos.

    Your mother instilled in you her values and passion for life, you, in turn, inspired your children, grandchildren and the many thousands of Molly fans around the world.
    Your mom’s spirit lives on.

  144. Ericka Says:

    My condolences to you and your family. She sounds like she was a wonderful woman.

  145. monkie Says:

    Beautiful tribute Carlos. Thank you for sharing your mom’s with us during our Molly and McGee times. My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time. She will always be near and dear to your heart.

  146. dizzyts Says:

    Carlos, you have been so blessed to have such a wonderful, loving Mother! I extend my deepest sympathies for your loss.

  147. My deepest sympathy to you, Carlos, and your family. Thanks for sharing the story of your remarkable mother. What an example to us all! May her sweet soul rest in peace.

  148. Lisa Says:

    When my son was born, one of my friends said the most important thing in life is to create good memories. Your sweet and precious Mom did just that for you and many others. You also did that for the world with hooking the cam up for your Mom and all of us to watch Molly and McGee. All such treasured memories! Your Mom will show you signs that she is still around you in spirit, my Dad showed me after he passed. It is not easy losing such a special loved one but keep those wonderful memories close to your heart to allow time to heal your loss. Hugs to you, Carlos and Donna and your entire family.

  149. Mary Ann Smith Says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your Mom. You have my deepest sympathy.

  150. Kathie Utt Says:

    God bless her & you & your family!! It sounds like you have lost a true gem! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

    Sent from my iPhone


  151. Linda King aka Braveheart2665 Says:

    I find it no small thing that the very woman you started the whole owl box project for leaves us with a perfect example of just it means to be a MOD. To live in Peace, Love, & Community is what it’s all about and so many of us have found out over the past 5 years just how special a thing this is. To be part of a community that lifts one another up in times of trial and loss which we have endured has made all of us stronger than we ever thought we could be. Molly & McGee taught us what love was in the way they cared for and provided for those very special owlets and the affection they showed towards one another. So I thank you Carlos for sharing this beautiful legacy of your your mom with us and I am so sorry for your loss. It is my prayer that her inspirational story will carry us on into the future, once a MOD always a MOD. It is the way of the owl.

  152. Helen Schreiner Says:

    So sorry for you and your family’s loss. You wrote a wonderful tribute.

  153. Judy in San Diego Says:

    What a beautiful, heartfelt tribute to your mom! May she rest in peace, knowing that she raised a very caring, very wonderful family, especially you, Carlos! Molly & McGee definitely did bring together many, many people who have formed lasting friendships, and this is her legacy. I am sorry for your loss, but please know that she is up there with the Angels, watching the owlies!!!

  154. VacaDude Says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. She was always a delightful presence in the chat room, and it is thanks to her that we all came together–so she leaves a lasting legacy of love and friendship. Thank you for your wonderful tribute in words to her memory; she is truly a source of inspiration.

    A couple of weeks ago was what would have been my father’s 100th birthday as well. What a century our parents had witnessed! So many sources of amazement to behold, and I am glad that your Mom was there to witness them. I am also glad that we were able to share time with her, albeit too briefly.

    May you, Donna, and your entire family find comfort in this time of loss.

    All the Best, John (VacaDude)

  155. Dear Carlos, As I read your tribute to your dear mother, I felt as if I had known her. In her style of giving, and yours, we got to share Molly and McGee and become a family – I owe her many thanks for that. I am so sorry for your loss and God bless you and your family.
    Roz in Tacoma

  156. Napaelle Says:

    Hello Carlos and family, Vacadude really says it for me too, so perfectly written. I thank you for sharing your mom’s story with us and though I want to say I’m sorry for your loss, you had gained so much from her and it was her time to leave you on your own…we here in the Molly box all had a small part of her life as she was part of ours enjoying Molly and McGee. I would like to think this was one of her most special places to be that you provided and we were all part of it with her! I’m sure this is a sad and reflective time….soon all your hearts will lift with all the joys remembered. Ellie S

  157. Nashville_Ann Says:

    Without your mom, we might not have had the joy of watching Molly or gaining the friendships and conversations which carry on today. (4 of us just went to the Rose Parade together). Your tribute to her is beautiful and hopefully helps each of us to hug the living, honor the values of our deceased, and protect nature in our beautiful earth. Peace to the family.

  158. Sandy Says:

    So very sorry for your loss but what a FANTASTIC legacy your sweet, strong, wise mom has left you!!! Sandra Patterson ‘Shaasep’

    Sent from my iPhone


  159. Susan Auten "ChocoMare" Says:

    Your mom as a Proverbs 31 woman. “We’ll done, thou good and faithful servant.”

    All my love…. ChocoMare

  160. I’m so sorry for your loss, but I loved reading such a beautiful tribute to your mother, and so inspiring! I can see where you got your drive to succeed, Carlos! I shared this on Facbook too. ~ Jeanne/OoltewahTN

  161. Nancy (Ultra_and_Violet) Says:

    A beautiful tribute to your Mother, Carlos. Although I did not know her, I feel a closeness to her on account of you, Donna, Austin and the Owl Box. She will always live on in my heart.

  162. Dear Carlos, Donna, Austin and the Royal Family,

    Thank you for sharing this sad news and your beautiful tribute to your Mother with us. Your thoughtfulness in bringing Molly and McGee’s lives to your Mother and Sister (and then the world) opened countless hearts and minds to such joy and learning and community. So many children have discovered the wonders of nature up close and will forever embrace empathy with God’s creatures of the air.

    All these beautiful things we received because a son shared his love of nature with his Mother. There’s not a one of we MODs that shall ever forget the Royal family. Godspeed.

  163. Blythe Says:

    Bless you and your family at this difficult time. What a wonderful eulogy you have written and shared with us all. She was amazing!! Blythe

  164. Beverly Unger Says:

    Such a lovely tribute. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us. Now we know why you became such a caring person. Best wishes to your family.

  165. Darlene Olson Says:

    Carlos & family,
    What a beautiful tribute to a devoted mother! I am so sorry for your loss and please know that you are in our thoughts & prayers. We all loved getting to know “mom” through the M&M site and loved knowing that she enjoyed the owls with us.
    Blessings to your family

  166. Kathy Harger (nightowl67) Says:

    To Carlos & family. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Such a wonderful tribute to your mom and after reading her story that you shared; what an amazing woman she was. We all enjoyed hearing about your family when you also shared the lives of Molly & McGee. If not for them we would never have known why you started up webcam. My prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

  167. Jody Veith Says:

    Dear Carlos,

    My deepest sympathy. How blessed you are to have had such an inspiring wonderful mother. You have certainly followed in her foot steps. Obviously, her legacy continues through you and your family. For me, personally, through your sharing Molly – Molly was very, very special to me, a truly marvelous experience. For that I thank you and your dear Mother who taught you to love and to share.


  168. Gill Hills Says:

    Hi Carlos and Donna
    I am so sorry for your great loss. What a wonderful mother you had, she lived a full life and must have been a great inspiration to your family. The poem at the end is extremely moving, she will be watching over you. Wonder if she has met up with Molly and McGee at Rainbow Bridge? Love lives forever, bless you both and of course you mum. Love Gillie 5 New Zealandxxxooo

  169. Rhonda Contreras Says:

    What a lovely tribute to a wonderful woman! I know she was as proud of you as you are of her, Carlos. Thanks for sharing.

  170. Shirley Charlton Says:

    My Heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your Family. Your Mother was a remarkable women I gathered from the wonderful Tribute you wrote about her. Thank-you for sharing.

  171. Nancy Anthony Says:

    Carlos, that was the most beautiful tribute to a mother I have ever read. I started to cry just reading it but they were happy tears. It has been such an honor to know you even if not in person. My life has been richer because of the Owlbox and all the friendships that have come from it. You and your family have blessed us all.

  172. loveyourdna Says:

    Bless her wonderful heart. Hugz and prayers for you and your loved ones. “Her” cam created MOD connections around the world. I hope she knew how truly wonderful that was and continues to be. You’re a wonderful man and son, Carlos.

  173. Claudia Says:

    What a lovely woman she was. I, who was about #40 when joining the cam watchers, felt like I got to know Donna and you as friends. I thought how generous it was for you to get the cam set up for your mom. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family as you celebrate and remember her life.

  174. Joly2u Says:

    Thank you, Carlos. You must be comforted by how very good you were to her. Your wonderful mother reminds me of my parents, who got not-quite fully-8th grade educations until they were adults, worked hard, believed you could learn to do anything by reading how to do it or being shown, and had a strong moral ethic. I’m not sure many people have the amount of energy your mom had, I can see where you get yours. I wonder how Molly’s lineage are doing. Any owls in your Texas box? May you, Donna & yours have a blessed new year.

  175. Sarah Lehl Says:

    Dearest Carlos and Family, That was such a lovely tribute to an extraordinary woman, your Mom. I can’t thank you enough for sharing your loving story of your lives with us. I tip my molly mug full of coffee to the sky in her honor.
    With love and sadness,

  176. Joan H Says:

    So sorry Carlos for your loss, wow what an amazing women.Thank you for sharing.

  177. Jennifer Jones Says:

    Dear Carlos and Family, God Bless your Mom and keep her in his care. She was truly a wonderful woman, and you can be proud of her. Enjoy all your happy memories, they will help you through your loss……till you meet again.

  178. Linda Stauffer Says:

    Carlos and Family,

    So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I have watched the owl box from the beginning and remember hearing you talk about her many times. She seemed like a great lady. What a wonderful story and tribute to your mom. Keep in touch with all of us Molly watchers. We love to hear from you.

    Your in our thoughts,

    Linda Stauffer and Family
    Harrisburg, PA

  179. Sandi Wilson Says:

    Such a beautiful eulogy and remembrance of your mom, Carlos. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family in this sad loss. Thinking of you all with sympathy.

  180. Many Blessings & Prayers to Carlos & Family. Your mother taught you well.
    My Deepest Sympathies, Cherry & Family

  181. Carol Says:

    You were so blessed to have a mother that taught you the value of hard work, praising others, helping those in need and lived life as Jesus told us to do. I am sorry for your loss.

  182. Suz Says:

    What an uplifting story and a well-lived life your Mom had! I read the poem at the end through tears.


  183. mlaiuppa Says:

    My condolences to you and your family. You are the person you are because she was the person she was. And yes, she lived as long as she did through force of will and a positive attitude. If you count her years as the Chinese do, she was a century on this earth and the earth is richer for her. She touched many lives.

  184. CAequuslvr Says:


    You have written a beautiful memorial of your mother. She was the best of what we humans can be. How wonderful and special for you to be raised by such a person. My sympathies to those who knew and loved her. Being your inspiration for the Owlbox and all that it was is yet another example of her positive, loving legacy.

    May she rest in peace.


  185. Sharoot/sherrie Says:

    Dear Carlos and family,

    What a wonderful tribute you wrote. She certainly was a special woman in so many ways. I know that feeling of loss, thankfully a mother’s love stays in our hearts forever.
    Without her, none of us would have lived the magical experience of M&M and meeting and loving so many new friends, another great tribute to her.

    The following was given to me in my time of loss. I don’t know who wrote it, but I found it comforting. I hope it helps you in some small way.

    I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a spec of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle.

    Then someone at my side says: “There she is gone!”

    “Gone where?’

    Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

    Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: “There she is gone!” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “Here she comes!”

    And that is dying.

    • erindort Says:

      Sharoot, Thank you for that precious post. I, too, have heard it before, but it is indeed a wonderful picture of dying and truly a great comfort in a time of grieving

  186. Nita Dellinger Says:

    What a wonderful lady – Carlos you and your family were truly blessed

  187. Jana Ayers Says:

    I’m so, so sorry for your family’s loss, Carlos. Losing a parent is never easy, but you were blessed to have her at the helm for so many wonderful, memorable years. I know your heartfelt tribute would have made her proud, just as you always have.
    Thank-you Norma for bringing into the world & raising such a wonderful son . Without each of you, The Owl Box, along with its wisdom, humor & everlasting friendships, would never have happened. For that, I thank you. While your song may have ended, your melody shall continue on the wings of angelic owls for all eternity…Rest in Paradise
    ~~~~aka Lady Chainsaw

  188. Kim and Dave Gorman Says:

    Oh, to have such a loving tribute from a loving son. Your words speak of a great and abiding and teaching love, Carlos. She knew she was greatly adored and that is all we can hope for in this world. Blessings to you and Donna as you traverse this new journey, one short, but rich in memories.

  189. Sue Says:

    May I say I share your sorrow at her leaving, I share your joy of having such a Mother. As Kim in message 188. said “oh to have such a loving tribute from a loving son.” Blessings and comfort to you and Donna and the whole family.

  190. lilbirdz Says:

    Carlos, your mom’s legacy lives on in all of her family. I do remember you telling us that The Owl Box broadcast of Molly and Magee started because you wanted to share that magical experience with your mom and sister. Austin made that happen, and then thousands of people like me learned to love barn owls. I always admired your attitude that even technological problems could be solved, and you and Austin did that. You and Donna shared your home with us the same way that your mom welcomed so many into hers. I sent her a card for her birthday, and I got a thank-you card back! If all of us had had mothers like yours, the world would be a better place.

  191. Barbara Says:

    Carlos, I came to wish you a happy birthday on “our” birthday ( too!) and see that you lost your mom recently, too. So I send you good wishes for a blessed New year and pray that your special memories will carry you and your family thru the grieving process. My mom was 98, trying hard for 99 and had the same indomitable spirit your mom seemed to have. Truly the world lost two great ladies but heaven (and they) must be rejoicing. What a blessing your gift to her, of Molly, has become to the world! Thank you for sharing.

  192. linaz Says:

    Carlos and Donna, Happy birthday to you, Carlos! How blessed you were to have such a fine mom. No wonder you are the fine person you are today. I thank her for getting the owl box started, that has meant so much to so many people. Linaz (Linda Stryker)

  193. Nancy A. Brown Says:

    Carlos and Donna, I dropped by the blog today while thinking of the owls of Molly’s box and my Mom who passed away that same year, the activities of the box were the last event other than her illness we had before her passing. How surprising this whole thing hinges on Mom’s. Your installing the Owl box for Donna the mother of your children, then your wanting to share the Owls with your Mom and Molly who became the greatest “Common” Barn Owl mom ever. And what a truly touching tribute you have giving your Mom. Our thought and prayers going out to the Royal family, Nancy B. “MOD” forever (“Molly” Obsessive Disorder ) Tho this visit had a sad but truly inspiring message I look forward to the day when we hear again the Owls are back and all is right in natures plan for us.

  194. MtnGowl Says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your Mom. So very sorry for your loss.

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