This beautiful gift was given to me by my dear friend, Joyce.
In Loving Memory of Annette Lansley Able Sobien
My Mom, My Best Friend
July 5, 1937 - February 15, 2012
The top picture is one of my favorites, my mom and I on my wedding day. Then some pictures of my mom and I having fun at Soergel's Orchard and then enjoying a party together.
Then me with my parents on my college graduation day. I miss both of them desperately.
The hardest thing I've ever had to do,
was to tell you it was ok to let go,
and say my last good-bye to you.
You fought so hard, for so long,
your courage and strength will always inspire me,
but the war is over,you've faced a new dawn.
You were my mother and lifelong friend,
always with your unconditional love,
all of the memories now are heaven sent.
As I go through the rest of my days,
you will live on deep inside of me,
in my heart...forever and always.
I Love You, Maria
My Mom loved owls, so that is why I chose the owls for the backgrounds and graphics on her web pages.
Thank you to my dear friend, Saralyn, for fixing the owl background to coordinate with the rest of my Mom's web page!
Please visit Saralyn's web page for her son Robbie by clicking on the image below...
My Mother, Annette Lansley Able, was born and raised in Surrey, England, near London.
My Mom with her brothers, Victor and the late Tony.
My Mom with her Dad. He died after a tree fell on him while he was working with the Avalon Municipal Crew in the 1970's. He also was an avid gardener, that must be where she got her love of gardening.
She met her husband, the late Francis Sobien, while he was stationed in England during his stint in the U.S. Marines Corp. Shortly after meeting Francis, she accepted his marriage proposal and came to the U.S. with him. She became a U.S. citizen
once arriving in our country.
Left to right: My Mom holding me, the late Uncle Mick holding his daughter Tina, Aunt "Bubbles" holding her daughter Jackie, our Nanna (my Mom's mother) holding my brother Frank, our Grandad (my Mom's father) holding my brother Chuck and my Dad kind of reclining in the front. One of my favorite family pictures!
You can read more about my parent's love story if you click on the wedding button below ~
Fortunately, someone always took pictures for any occasion,
so we have lots of pictures of my Mom enjoying herself!
Don't think of her as gone away-
her journey's just begun,
life holds so many facets-
this earth is only one. . .
Just think of her as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.
Think how she must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of her as living
in the hearts of those she touched. . .
for nothing loved is ever lost-
and she was loved so much.
Written By Ellen Brennemen
On the left, my Mom clowning around with my cousin Tina. On the right, my Mom playing with Christopher's toy remote-control truck, sitting with my late Aunt Mary.
Me, my sister-in-law Ailisa and my Mom with our matching jackets from my Dad for Christmas.
A family picture from my nephew Nicholas' baptism.
My Mom loved her dogs! These are a couple of pictures of her with Odie.
On the left, Mom's last dog, Rosie. On the right, another picture of Odie.
On the left, Nanna and Tina's husband Danny with my Mom. On the right, my Mom meeting Nanna at the airport.
My Mom again with Nanna.
My Mom with Nanna and my cousin Jackie.
Mom and Nanna on the beach in Florida.
My Mom, me and Nanna at our surprise 90th birthday party that we had for Nanna at our house.
This is a Mother's Day gift from my dear friend, Maureen. You can read about her mother here --
In Loving Memory of My Beloved Mother
This is a special little gift from my friend, Ann, Laura's Mom. You can visit her daughter's web page here --
In Loving Memory of Laura Ann Kimble
To read more of my Mom's story, please click on the "Next" or "Back" button below ~
One of my Mom's favorite singers was Rod Stewart. That is why the song playing on this web page is his "Have A Told You Lately That I Love You."
My Mom loved all of Rod Stewart's Great American Songbook CDs, so I had bought all of them for her. I will listen to them in her memory, sigh.
A friend can hear a tear drop.
This webpage is created In Loving Memory of Annette Lansley Sobienon April 20, 2012
Last updated: March 8, 2014
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Visit Maria's pages for her little Christopher at
Maria's Tribute to Christopher
My Tribute to a Very Special Boy
This is a lovely gift from my dear friend, Cindy Jo, and her Angel Michelle.
Maria what a beautiful tribute to your mama......
my heart to yours.....
I will have my candle lit in memory of your mama
Reckless Horseplay is Murder
Beautiful memorial for your mom Maria. I know she is proud of you.
I pray you have a gentle day of Remembrance.
In Loving Memory of Dennis Yarbrough
To read the messages in my Mom's original guestbook, please click on the button below --