The Times West Virginian

May 12, 2013

Super Moms

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Some women seem to do it all.

They have high-profile careers.

They serve on a number of boards within the communities in which they live.

They volunteer. They mentor. They selflessly serve.

And when they get home at the end of another busy day, their second full-time jobs kick in: being moms.

That means cooking, cleaning and shuttling kids from activity to activity. It means lending a shoulder to cry on, fixing scrapes and bruises, and putting an end to yet another argument between siblings. It means being unselfish, patient and understanding.

More often than not, these moms don’t take the time to worry about their own needs, all in an attempt to make sure their children and families are taken care of.

West Virginia is the birthplace of Mother’s Day, and the following “super moms” exemplify the characteristics Anna Jarvis wanted to celebrate when she founded the day in honor of all mothers.

Balancing career and kids

For Tiffany Samuels, executive director of the United Way of Marion County, her job in the community and her duties as a mother of four have a lot of overlap.

“I feel as though my personal goals and my professional goals are in line with each other,” Samuels said.

As director of the United Way, Samuels wears a lot of hats.

“Pretty much anything that happens under the roof,” be it fundraising, management, checking in with agencies and other day-to-day operations, she’s working on it personally.

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‘We’re always a family first’

As an active community member and the mother of four boys, Marion County Chamber of Commerce president Tina Shaw stays very busy.

While she and her family are constantly on the go, they make it a priority to spend time together whenever they can.

Shaw, a lifelong Fairmont resident, started working for the chamber, mostly planning events and doing membership recruitment, in 1998 and became president of the organization in 2003.

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‘A blessing beyond belief’

Today may be the “official” Mother’s Day, but Sue Kelley and her daughter Anna observed the holiday months ago.

“My daughter went to a store with me back in March,” Kelley said. “This store, out of some desperation, had already put out their Mother’s Day cards, so my daughter bought me three of them, gave them to me that night and wished me a happy Mother’s Day. I said, ‘Honey, Mother’s Day is in May.’ It was hysterical. She cracks me up all the time.”

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‘If you’re a mom, you’re blessed’

Amy Swisher was made to be busy. It’s the only way she knows how to be.

And that’s a good thing, because her sons, Gannon, 9, and Lex, 7, keep her busy enough for two moms.

Her job as Marion County Family Court judge usually takes up most of this single mom’s days. But after hours, she’s completely devoted to her boys.

In the summer, you’ll usually find them either at ball practice or a game.

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