South's Greatest Moms

Southern mothers are like no others, raising notoriously well-mannered and genteel children who carry on the traditions of the South. We celebrate the winners of South’s Greatest Moms contest and remind you that it is not too late to make plans for Mother’s Day!!

 

Bridget Russo Moore

Our mom is more then your average mom. Yes she cooks, cleans and does laundry like any mom does, but what makes her the greatest is all of the other things she does on top of that. From the time we were in kindergarten, our mom has volunteered at our school for everything she possibly could. She has never missed one of our sporting events, dance recitals, or any special programs or award ceremonies that we have had at school. Besides being our fabulous mother, she has been a mother to many others as well. She treats all of our friends like they are her own. She has a special love and connection with each one of them where they know she truly cares about them. Our mom has devoted her life to the three of us. She gives of herself in a way that most can’t. Even though she is a stay at home mom, she works tirelessly to make sure that we are on the right track and doing our best in everything. She puts the three of us, her children, before herself or anything else she may have to do. Even though these are only a few of the many wonderful things that she does for us and others, my brothers and I feel that our mom is truly the greatest mom,not only in the South but in the world!

What Makes Mom So Great:

Our mom is more then your average mom. Yes she cooks, cleans and does laundry like any mom does, but what makes her the greatest is all of the other things she does on top of that. From the time we were in kindergarten, our mom has volunteered at our school for everything she possibly could…

 

Liz Dixon

What Makes Mom So Great:

Selfless survivor. The two words that describe my mom perfectly. This woman not only raised three children (who didn’t make it easy for her), but she also inspired us to love. Not just love people, but to love every part of them — mind, body and spirit. To go beyond your comfort zone to offer a helping hand to someone facing life’s struggles with no one to turn to. To be the person that smiles at someone and without saying a word, they feel loved. She’s a pearl of a girl.

– See more at: http://southsgreatest.com/2015/02/liz-dixon/#sthash.ZjIfyHcm.dpuf

What Makes Mom So Great:

Selfless survivor. The two words that describe my mom perfectly. This woman not only raised three children (who didn’t make it easy for her), but she also inspired us to love. Not just love people, but to love every part of them — mind, body and spirit. To go beyond your comfort zone to offer a helping hand to someone facing life’s struggles with no one to turn to. To be the person that smiles at someone and without saying a word, they feel loved. She’s a pearl of a girl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biddy Whelan

What Makes Mom So Great:

From cheering on the Bulldogs to cheering on her five children, Grace “Biddy” Whelan always brings a pep and spirit with her wherever she goes. Though still little Biddy to her six living older siblings, my mother has become a true Southern matriarch, combining at times the resolute independence of Scarlett O’Hara with the organizational delicacy of Ellen Fairchild dealing with all of her now adult children. However, if you asked her she’d say she’s, “just Mom.”

What Makes Mom So Great:

From cheering on the Bulldogs to cheering on her five children, Grace “Biddy” Whelan always brings a pep and spirit with her wherever she goes. Though still little Biddy to her six living older siblings, my mother has become a true Southern matriarch, combining at times the resolute independence of Scarlett O’Hara with the organizational delicacy of Ellen Fairchild dealing with all of her now adult children. However, if you asked her she’d say she’s, “just Mom.”

– See more at: http://southsgreatest.com/2015/02/biddy-whelan/#sthash.UcGD9jY5.dpuf

What Makes Mom So Great:

From cheering on the Bulldogs to cheering on her five children, Grace “Biddy” Whelan always brings a pep and spirit with her wherever she goes. Though still little Biddy to her six living older siblings, my mother has become a true Southern matriarch, combining at times the resolute independence of Scarlett O’Hara with the organizational delicacy of Ellen Fairchild dealing with all of her now adult children. However, if you asked her she’d say she’s, “just Mom.”

– See more at: http://southsgreatest.com/2015/02/biddy-whelan/#sthash.UcGD9jY5.dpuf

What Makes Mom So Great:

From cheering on the Bulldogs to cheering on her five children, Grace “Biddy” Whelan always brings a pep and spirit with her wherever she goes. Though still little Biddy to her six living older siblings, my mother has become a true Southern matriarch, combining at times the resolute independence of Scarlett O’Hara with the organizational delicacy of Ellen Fairchild dealing with all of her now adult children. However, if you asked her she’d say she’s, “just Mom.”

– See more at: http://southsgreatest.com/2015/02/biddy-whelan/#sthash.UcGD9jY5.dpuf

What Makes Mom So Great:

From cheering on the Bulldogs to cheering on her five children, Grace “Biddy” Whelan always brings a pep and spirit with her wherever she goes. Though still little Biddy to her six living older siblings, my mother has become a true Southern matriarch, combining at times the resolute independence of Scarlett O’Hara with the organizational delicacy of Ellen Fairchild dealing with all of her now adult children. However, if you asked her she’d say she’s, “just Mom.”

– See more at: http://southsgreatest.com/2015/02/biddy-whelan/#sthash.UcGD9jY5.dpuf

What Makes Mom So Great:

From cheering on the Bulldogs to cheering on her five children, Grace “Biddy” Whelan always brings a pep and spirit with her wherever she goes. Though still little Biddy to her six living older siblings, my mother has become a true Southern matriarch, combining at times the resolute independence of Scarlett O’Hara with the organizational delicacy of Ellen Fairchild dealing with all of her now adult children. However, if you asked her she’d say she’s, “just Mom.”

– See more at: http://southsgreatest.com/2015/02/biddy-whelan/#sthash.UcGD9jY5.dpuf

What Makes Mom So Great:

From cheering on the Bulldogs to cheering on her five children, Grace “Biddy” Whelan always brings a pep and spirit with her wherever she goes. Though still little Biddy to her six living older siblings, my mother has become a true Southern matriarch, combining at times the resolute independence of Scarlett O’Hara with the organizational delicacy of Ellen Fairchild dealing with all of her now adult children. However, if you asked her she’d say she’s, “just Mom.”

– See more at: http://southsgreatest.com/2015/02/biddy-whelan/#sthash.UcGD9jY5.dpuf

What Makes Mom So Great:

From cheering on the Bulldogs to cheering on her five children, Grace “Biddy” Whelan always brings a pep and spirit with her wherever she goes. Though still little Biddy to her six living older siblings, my mother has become a true Southern matriarch, combining at times the resolute independence of Scarlett O’Hara with the organizational delicacy of Ellen Fairchild dealing with all of her now adult children. However, if you asked her she’d say she’s, “just Mom.”

– See more at: http://southsgreatest.com/2015/02/biddy-whelan/#sthash.UcGD9jY5.dpuf

What Makes Mom So Great:

From cheering on the Bulldogs to cheering on her five children, Grace “Biddy” Whelan always brings a pep and spirit with her wherever she goes. Though still little Biddy to her six living older siblings, my mother has become a true Southern matriarch, combining at times the resolute independence of Scarlett O’Hara with the organizational delicacy of Ellen Fairchild dealing with all of her now adult children. However, if you asked her she’d say she’s, “just Mom.”

– See more at: http://southsgreatest.com/2015/02/biddy-whelan/#sthash.UcGD9jY5.dpuf

What Makes Mom So Great:

From cheering on the Bulldogs to cheering on her five children, Grace “Biddy” Whelan always brings a pep and spirit with her wherever she goes. Though still little Biddy to her six living older siblings, my mother has become a true Southern matriarch, combining at times the resolute independence of Scarlett O’Hara with the organizational delicacy of Ellen Fairchild dealing with all of her now adult children. However, if you asked her she’d say she’s, “just Mom.”

– See more at: http://southsgreatest.com/2015/02/biddy-whelan/#sthash.UcGD9jY5.dpuf

What Makes Mom So Great:

From cheering on the Bulldogs to cheering on her five children, Grace “Biddy” Whelan always brings a pep and spirit with her wherever she goes. Though still little Biddy to her six living older siblings, my mother has become a true Southern matriarch, combining at times the resolute independence of Scarlett O’Hara with the organizational delicacy of Ellen Fairchild dealing with all of her now adult children. However, if you asked her she’d say she’s, “just Mom.”

– See more at: http://southsgreatest.com/2015/02/biddy-whelan/#sthash.UcGD9jY5.dpuf

What Makes Mom So Great:

From cheering on the Bulldogs to cheering on her five children, Grace “Biddy” Whelan always brings a pep and spirit with her wherever she goes. Though still little Biddy to her six living older siblings, my mother has become a true Southern matriarch, combining at times the resolute independence of Scarlett O’Hara with the organizational delicacy of Ellen Fairchild dealing with all of her now adult children. However, if you asked her she’d say she’s, “just Mom.”

– See more at: http://southsgreatest.com/2015/02/biddy-whelan/#sthash.UcGD9jY5.dpuf

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeanne Paddison

What Makes Mom So Great:

1. Her inspirational passion
2. Her never ending energy and attention to the smallest details like making each of us goodie bags for our road trips pack to college
3. Her quirkiness that keeps every moment with her fun and interesting
4. Her sincere investment and support in our lives and of our passions
5. She gave up her career and devoted her life to us to make sure we were raised to be the best version of ourselves
6. She always had creative adventures planned for us
7. She put her blood sweat and tears into making sure we were always entertained
8. She is so stylish that us girls shop in her closet for clothes to take back to college with us
9. Her youthful attitude and spirit is inspiring

10. Her true southern class allows her to be sophisticated and timeless
11. She teaches us lessons everyday through the way she lives her life. She is concerned with real things in life, passion and purpose, not drama and trends.

 

 

Dr. Barbara Toner

What Makes Mom So Great:

Dr. Barbara Toner is an amazing woman and my grandmother-in-law. She is 83 years old, a full time college professor of Psychology at Troy University, mother of three (one of which is a disabled adult daughter) and sharp as a tack. I am blessed to be included in what she considers her family. She may not be my “mother” but she is definitely a strong, confident, and independent woman that I look up to. I hope to be like her when I grow up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maribel Gomez

What Makes Mom So Great:

Maribel Gomez is the greatest mom in the world. Every child says that about their mother but I mean it. I’ve known her all my life and she’s an incredible woman. She has been there for me when I needed her the most. She has taught me from right and wrong. She has taught others as well being a teacher and all. She’s a great mom and I can’t imagine a world without her. I love you mom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evelyn Ganem

What Makes Mom So Great:

My Mom is the most grounded, balanced person I know!! She is the kindest most loving person you will ever come in contact with. She is a single Mom that has worked hard her whole life. She has taught me to be kind, value every person, always learn, and live a Christian life. My mom is a second mom to most all of my friends. She is the glue that keeps our family together. She is Strong & Honest with the most beautiful soul.

 

 

BiddyBiddy Whelan

Biddy Whelan
Biddy Whelan
Biddy Whelan
What Makes Mom So Great:

Selfless survivor. The two words that describe my mom perfectly. This woman not only raised three children (who didn’t make it easy for her), but she also inspired us to love. Not just love people, but to love every part of them — mind, body and spirit. To go beyond your comfort zone to offer a helping hand to someone facing life’s struggles with no one to turn to. To be the person that smiles at someone and without saying a word, they feel loved. She’s a pearl of a girl.

– See more at: http://southsgreatest.com/2015/02/liz-dixon/#sthash.ZjIfyHcm.dpuf

Liz Dixon
Liz Dixon
Liz Dixon
Liz Dixon
Liz Dixon