Happy Mother’s Day to our 2nd Annual Mother of the Year winner

We would like to wish our 2nd annual Mother of the Year a Happy Mother’s Day. We hope she has a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Your Local News co-publisher Melanie Ann Jackson hands over the gifts to Jennifer Sealock, daughter-in-law of the 2nd annual Mother of the Year winner, Lendy Burdett Bolton (insert). Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

Jennifer Sealock nominated her mother-in-law, Lendy Burdett Bolton, of Loganville, for Mother of the Year this Mother’s Day.

“Not only is she a mother to me and has taken me under her wing since my mother’s passing, but she’s been my backbone when it’s come to helping with my two special needs sons. She has always been there for her children no matter the need, whether its helping with school, or our kids, or baking (when schools would let us),” Sealock said. “She has always been a comforting shoulder to cry on or someone to talk to.”

Up until recently, Sealock said her mother-in-law has also been a mother to people in the community who have found themselves down on their luck, namely the homeless – some of whom are too embarrassed to actually go to one of our local charity organizations. Sealock said her mother-in-law would pack them a lunch, find them sitting on bench, and then share it with them. If it was the weekend, she would have just a little more so it would last them longer.

“She’s always done, and never expected anything in return. I would love for her to have a awesome and surprising Mother’s Day gift. She more than deserves it! She’s a great role model as a grandmother, a mother and a friend,” Sealock said. “I would not be the mother to my two children that I am today if it wasn’t for her.”

But lately things have got tough for this lady who has always been such a great mother to her own family – and sometimes those in the community in need of some mothering too. Sealock said two years ago her mother-in-law was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She was just learning to deal with that diagnosis, when,  at the beginning of this year, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. Then, just before Easter and while undergoing chemotherapy, she had three heart attacks and a stroke.

“She’s strong and we believe her faith has kept her going,” Sealock said. “I would love for her to be recognized this Mother’s Day.”

We are happy to be able to do that for her. As our Mother of the Year, Lendy Burdett Bolton gets a gift card from Rinse Bath and Body in Monroe, a general house cleaning from Cleaning by Donna in Social Circle, a gift basket of delicious goodies from Great Harvest Bread Company in Loganville, lunch for two at the Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, a relaxing massage by Power of Touch Massage in Loganville and two beautiful hanging basket ferns from Everett’s Florist and Nursery in Monroe. We would like to thank these sponsors for helping us honor this year’s Mother of the Year.

Due to her treatments and preparation for upcoming heart surgery, our Mother of the Year was not able to collect her gifts in person. Sealock, however, was happy to do it on her behalf. We wish her well in her treatments and recovery and thank her for being such a great example of what a mother truly is.

We also would like to thank all the other residents who nominated the special mother in their life. They all were very worthy and made for a tough choice. Who knows, maybe one of them will be our 3rd Annual Mother of the Year, so don’t forget to resubmit next year.

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