BOUNTIFUL - Even mothers are grateful for another mother's helping hand.
That was the message at the Davis Clipper's 2014 Mothers of the Year Celebratory Luncheon, held last Friday at the Wight House in Bountiful. Though the event honored those mothers chosen to represent the participating Davis County cities, many of the women expressed gratitude for others in their community who helped make their successes possible.
"From the moment we moved into (West Bountiful), I've had an incredible experience with these women," said Angel Christensen. "They taught me the kind of mother I want to be, and that it really does take a village to raise a family."
Another mother, Lorraine Thatcher, lost her own mother when she was in her 20s. At the luncheon, she shared how the people in her community helped her through the process of raising her own children.
"You teach me the things my mother would have taught me if she was here," said Thatcher, who represented the city of Farmington. "I'm sure you're the answer to her prayers."
Each of the mothers were given a few moments to speak about themselves, their families and their communities. Representatives from each of their city governments also spoke, highlighting some notable facts about their city's mother and their importance in the world.
"It's so significant, what they are," said Bountiful Mayor Randy Lewis, "especially to their families."
In addition to the presentations, the event included performances by Bountiful business owner and singer-songwriter Mike Murphy. The Wasatch Peak Patriot Choir, directed by Lynette Sharp, also traveled up from North Salt Lake to perform for the mothers.
To honor their efforts, each of the women received a corsage from Heartfelt Blossoms. They were also given gift bags provided by local businesses, including treats from Mrs. Cavanaugh's, Urban Country Boutique, Dunkin Donuts and more.
In the end, though, each mother stood for more than just themselves.
"It's an honor to represent the mothers in your community," said Clipper publisher Gail Stahle. "Davis County is such a great place to live, and we have some of the greatest mothers on the face of the earth."