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In Memoriam: Mary Tyler Moore

I cried the day Mary died. She was such an influence in my life.

My World With Words

I’m a nerd for both The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-66) and The Mary Tyler Moore Show (197077).  In fact, I was watching one of my favorite MTM episodes when I learned Mary Tyler Moore died today at the age of 80. She faced her share of sorrows, and in recent years had suffered from challenging health problems. More importantly, however, she helped define the modern working woman.

She started by re-defining the modern wife and mother in The Dick Van Dyke Show. Yes, Laura was first and foremost dedicated to her family, but she was her own person, with skills (or not), opinions and a fair amount of sass. The “Oh, Rob” persona that seems to popularly describe that character wasn’t the biggest part of who Laura was.

ed-asner-mary-tyler-moore-in-the-mary-tyler-moore-show Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) demands equal pay from her reluctant boss, Lou Grant (Ed Asner).

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My real name is Debra (Debbie Sue). Sarah is a nickname given to me in high school. My husband has always called me that so here in Florida It's all I am known by. I was born and raised in Illinois. My son and I moved to Colorado in 1982. I taught school for 17 years. Then I ran a homeschooling/preschool/daycare until 2006 when I moved to Florida after my son, Bobby died suddenly. He was almost 26. Danny and I live and work at a state park here. I miss the mountains and climate of Colorado. I miss snow and the four seasons. I miss Bobby.

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