Marty Tjaden

Wonder Woman Chicago 2019


By: Christy Freeman

My mom was the strongest, healthiest, energetic and positive role model, friend, sister and grandma. She was the most amazing person ever and the most loveable, friendly person. She was the one that could calm my daughter and she gave me the knowledge and drive that I needed to get where I’m at today. She was the best mom!  

My mom stayed at home and raised my 2 brothers and I while my dad worked outside the home and always had a family farm.   She started working outside the home when my youngest brother graduated from High School.  She worked at a local nursing home as a Dietary Aid, and later doing laundry and finally housekeeping.  She kept that place so clean and families always praised her for taking such good care of their family’s rooms and of them.  There were people whose families rarely came but my mom would get them what they needed. Before going to work she would go to the gym and work out and then would go back at night for classes. I was lucky enough to get to work out with her.  She ate so healthy, didn’t ever drink, and was very cautious of her weight and health because her mom died of a massive heart attack.  She was determined to live to be 100 years old like her dad. 

When she got sick, she was more concerned that she would not be able to clean the house, watch the kids play their sports or do things for others. She was always willing to help anyone and had a such a huge heart.   She was always supportive and did so much for everyone. We live in a small town and everyone at the wellness center knew my mom.  She didn’t know a stranger.  But no one knew how much she really was hurting except those closest to her and at that she kept pushing herself to keep going because she didn’t want to gain any weight -she was tiny!

My mom was unofficially diagnosed with pancreatic cancer August 19,2018. She was officially diagnosed after 3 biopsy’s, this being the 4th biopsy on Oct 3, 2018. She passed away on 12/26/18.

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Jennifer Mola