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Author:  Bill Smith
E-mail:  wsmith@glade.net
Date:  4/28/2006 8:10:27 AM
Subject:  Mamie's demise exaggerated
Message:  I subscribe to a Yahoo Group email thread of Jack Williams'. Last night I was very surprised to read this email posted by Jack:

"I have sad news to report to our friends on the list who either knew Mickey Newbury, or knew of my long association with him. I just got word that his mother, Miss Mamie, passed away recently, at age 85. She and I became good friends during our Texas tour - Mickey's last in his home state - about 9 years ago. (I was her guest for a week, sleeping on the wide couch at the foot of her pool table.) Miss Mamie will be missed.

    Below I've copied part of my post of September 30, 2002, the day after Mickey died. It was part of a eulogy/remembrance I wrote for Sing Out! magazine, and was largely based on Mickey's relationship with his Mother.

       >She is in her mid-eighties, has her health,
>eyesight, and a taste for living well and partying hard. At her local
>hangout, there is always a seat reserved for Miss Mamie near the bar
>where she "holds court" every Saturday night. She is a delightfully
>>independent woman, often dressed in a fiery red "cowgirl" >hat,
>long-sleeved red blouse with cuffs, red slacks, cowboy boots, and a sporty scarf around her neck.
>(I've even seen her look smashing in red "hotpants"!) She flirts
>unmercifully. She prances from place to place >about a room with the ease and carelessness of a teenager.
>There can be no doubt that this is Mickey Newbury's mother.

    Miss Mamie was a true, Texas-American original, and a fine person. I'm deeply grateful for the little bit of time I got to spend with her. She will be missed by all who knew her, knew of her, and who knew of her son's great music.

    For some time, I have been out of the loop of Mickey's fans, who communicate regularly with each other about many things relating to him and his music, and I didn't get the word of Miss Mamie's death right away. I'm grateful for a few of Mickey's "Front Porchers" who have occasionally kept me up on their doings and coming events (like the June gathering in Austin).

      Take care,

        Jack   "

To make sure I'm not living in the twilight zone I called Mamie this morning. Then I sent an email back to Jack's thread clearing this matter up. I think the confusion probably comes from the recent passing of Susan's mother, but that's just my speculation.

At any rate, it sure was a relief to here Mamie's voice this morning.

Love to all, Bill

 Mamie's demise exaggerated by Bill Smith  at 4/28/2006 8:10:27 AM
 Re: Mamie's demise exaggerated by Meeks at 4/28/2006 8:27:57 AM
 Re: Mamie's demise exaggerated by Craig at 4/28/2006 8:56:15 AM
 Re: Mamie's demise exaggerated by Wideload at 4/28/2006 9:11:13 AM
 Re: Mamie's demise exaggerated by Laura Shayne  at 4/28/2006 9:55:38 AM
 Re: Mamie's demise exaggerated by Craig at 4/28/2006 10:43:50 AM
 Re: Mamie's demise exaggerated by Judy C  at 4/28/2006 1:49:13 PM
 Re: Mamie's demise exaggerated by Bill Smith  at 4/28/2006 10:49:26 AM
 Re: Mamie's demise exaggerated by Susie  at 4/28/2006 10:50:53 AM
 Re: Mamie's demise exaggerated by Mamie at 4/28/2006 3:17:38 PM
 Re: Mamie's demise exaggerated by Joey L. at 4/28/2006 3:34:26 PM
 Re: Mamie's demise exaggerated by Bob C at 4/28/2006 3:59:36 PM
 Re: Mamie's demise exaggerated by Bill Smith  at 4/28/2006 4:57:29 PM
 Re: Mamie's demise exaggerated by Duke at 4/28/2006 10:55:35 PM
 Re: Mamie's demise exaggerated by JoAnn Holcomb  at 4/29/2006 2:08:47 PM