Tu Nidito Children and Family Services is proud to announce the 2023 Remarkable Moms who will be honored on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at our signature event, The Remarkable Celebration. A Remarkable Mom is the heart of our community. Remarkable Moms exemplify qualities of compassion, kindness and resilience, as they share themselves with not only their families but with our entire community, oftentimes overcoming hardships of their own.
Laura is mom to 20-year-old Jordan. Laura served over 20 years in the fire service carrying the message of women’s proficiency and ability amongst largely male ranks. Retiring as the first woman to serve as Assistant Chief, she led with her strength of physical and moral character having fought fires, nursed babies and saved lives through courage and kindness. Laura and her dear friend and colleague, Chief Cheryl Horvath, founded Camp Fury, the immersion program for girls with an interest in public service. Laura was married to the love of her life, Jacki deHaro, who was also a firefighter and succumbed to occupational lung cancer in 2020. Laura, herself a breast cancer survivor, and daughter Jordan, were by Jacki’s side as she battled the disease.
“Ann raised six children, two she birthed and four she inherited in a divorce. Ann treated all 6 children equally without any differentiation.” said her partner Tom Warne. Ann was there for every one of her children, never missing an event or an opportunity teach them a new skill. Her daughter shared, “she taught us how to be good humans”. Along with raising her children, Ann is an accomplished business woman and philanthropist. She is the chair of the Lovell Foundation which has provided over $9,000,000 in support of Pima County and statewide approaches to acknowledging, preparing for, understanding, and supporting families and community organizations as they engage with serious illness, end of life, and associated grief.
Linda is mom to Sierra, grandmother to Colton, wife to Skyler, and mentor to many. Linda has dedicated her life for over 30 years to the mission of supporting grieving children and families. Her nominators all champion her for changing their lives as she created programs that gave them space to grieve. Experiencing the death of her mother to breast cancer at the age of 15 gave Linda her depth of compassion and empathy for those who grieve. In 2005, when Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer, she showed grace and resilience throughout her treatment and maintained her sense of humor and optimism. Linda is exuberant, she feels with her whole heart, and she radiates joy. Linda will retire from Tu Nidito in February and is long deserving of this honor.
Sylvia is mom to Christopher and the widow of marine, Thomas Quigley. Sylvia and Christopher attended Tu Nidito for 2.5 years. As a single mom, Sylvia held down a variety of jobs while serving as an inspiration to Christopher. Christopher credits his mom for the man he is today. Sylvia became a Tu Nidito volunteer 6 years ago and continues to support Tu Nidito families to this day. She is a role model to all of her co-facilitators and the adults she serves in support groups. She readily shares how Tu Nidito shaped her experiences as a single grieving mother. Sylvia’s warmth, resilience and commitment in action define her. As her co-facilitator shares, “she gets it all – death and grief, life and hope.” Sylvia has maintained contact with her Marine Corps family and was selected as the Marine Corps League Chaplain. She also is active in church ministries and is always ready to jump in to serve and support those in need.
Laurie Nelson Wetterschneider
Laurie’s husband Larry shared, “Laurie is a wonderful step mother to daughter Elan and has spent her life supporting thousands of other children”. Laurie leads by example as a donor, a volunteer fundraiser and advocate for the causes she believes in. Laurie has served in leadership roles in dozens of organizations, always ready to share her wisdom and guidance, as she works to create better conditions for youth. Laurie has built strong relationships with the youth she has been involved with over the years and she is devoted to their success. Laurie’s commitment to service extends to our community’s foundational organizations like Tucson Medical Center and United Way of Southern Arizona. In more recent years, Laurie has become an advocate for honoring End of Life Care wishes after the somewhat sudden death of her father through her work with United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona and Hospice Giving Foundation of Monterey County.
It is difficult to share brief biographies of these Remarkable Women. Each one these Moms has given of their time, treasures and talent to make our community better for children. We hope that you will join us at the Remarkable Celebration on Saturday, May 13th, 2023, to fully experience their lives as we celebrate them with their families and friends. Through honoring these women, you honor and support our community’s grieving children.
The Remarkable Celebration 2023
The Evening of May 13, 2023
Tucson Country Club
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Remarkable Celebration 2023, benefiting Tu Nidito Children and Family Services, brings us to Kalokairi, Greece, the island home of Mamma Mia. We will dress in white to celebrate! The songs of Abba performed by AbbaFab will delight us as we dance the night away, at the beach under the mesquite grove at Tucson Country Club.