Floral Photos :: In Memory of Barbara L. Anderson

On May 25, 2010, in photos, by Barbara Nixon

After a several-year battle with lung cancer, my mom (Barbara L. Anderson) passed away in her sleep at her home last night. She loved gardens and flowers. So after I got my kiddos out the door to school this morning, I went to Lakeland’s Hollis Gardens, took a long walk and snapped these photos. I am confident Mom would love all of them — except maybe for the one with the dragonfly on it 🙂

Thank you, Mom, for inspiring in me a love of flowers  . . . and cooking. (I just made her famous Chicken Cacciatore for my family for dinner tonight.)

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23 Responses to Floral Photos :: In Memory of Barbara L. Anderson

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  4. Ellen Mrja says:

    Barbara: My condolences on your loss. You have paid your mother a loving tribute that will live forever with these posts. And, how special that you are her namesake.
    ~Ellen Mrja

  5. Barbara, I am deeply sorry to hear about your loss. The pictures are beautiful. My mom inspired my love for flowers as well.

  6. Ms. Nixon, I hate that you’ve had to experience such a painful loss! The photos are fabulous, she would love them! My own mom is an avid gardener. I can relate to you in that I know there is nothing better than to sit around in the garden and catch up with someone you love. I’ll be thinking of you!

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  8. Ansley Woodard says:

    First, I wanted to tell you how sorry I am to hear about your mother passing away. I knew y’all were very close and you loved her very much when you would always talk about her last summer in your public speaking class that I had with you. I can only imagine what you are going through but just remember that she is in a much better place now. The pictures that you posted are beautiful and I am sure that your mother is looking down with a huge grin on her face. You are an amazing teacher and I am sure a good wife and mother. Just remember that there are better days ahead and I am sure you have many people beside you to help you through this hard time. I will be praying for you and your family. -Ansley Woodard

  9. Samantha S. says:

    I’m really sorry to hear about your mother passing away. Your flower pictures are beautiful and a sweet gesture to her.

  10. Jessica says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Barbara. My aunt died from lung cancer and it’s truly a horrible disease. Sending prayers and good thoughts your way.

  11. Sorry for your loss, Barbara, but know we are all thinking of you and your family.

  12. Tabatha says:

    Hey Prof. Nixon,

    I just wanted to say that I am so sorry about the passing of your mother. I have never experienced such a loss, so I can not imagine the pain.I will keep you and your family in my prayers.The slideshow is amazing, that is a great way to honor your mom and what she loved. Everytime you see flowers you will remember the love and memories y’all shared together.


  13. Barbara, Randy, Jeffrey and I send our love and resoects to you and yours on the death of your dear mother. The photo slides are beautiful.

  14. Ryan Keesee says:

    Dr Nixon,

    I am sorry to hear that about your mother. I hope you find peace in her passing.

  15. Kathy Lovin says:

    What a lovely tribute to your dear mom! I’m so sorry she’s gone but glad to hear that she went peacefully in her sleep. It’s hard to be apart, but you will get to see her again in Glory! Blessings to you, Kevin, the kids and all the extended family.
    Love to you,
    Kathy L

  16. Sara Farris says:

    Aunt Barbara,

    Great pics! I miss Grandma already. 🙁


  17. Ashley Quinn says:

    So sorry for your loss. I will be thinking about you and your family. Beautiful, beautiful pictures.

  18. Lamar Martin says:

    My condolences to you and your family. Thank you for the flower photos. I recently lost a niece and found a wonderful song you may enjoy, “On the Other Side,” by Dailey & Vincent. Like your mom, Lisa had suffered much in life and the song is so very appropriate, and comforting. You can hear it by watching the slide show I am sharing on line at http://www.photodex.com/share/lamar955 “For those who love Lisa.” Hope it brings you peace.

  19. Mary Ingles says:

    Barbara, I’m so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. She was a very special woman to have such a special daughter, and I’m sure that she was very proud of you. Thank you for sharing your memories and your beautiful floral tribute to your Mom. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Mary Ingles

  20. Samone Pittman says:

    Professor Nixon,

    I just wanted to say that I am so sorry for your loss. I’ve never experienced such a loss so I know there is no way I can probably understand the pain you must be feeling right now. Though I’ve never experienced your pain, I just want to encourage you to keep going and not lose hope. I wish you the best and I will pray for you and her loved ones.

  21. ShopperAnnie says:

    Barbara – my sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. The flower photos are outstanding and such a wonderful tribute to your mom. A legacy of love for what nature gives us as marvelous beauty in flowers is so wonderful and I truly hope every time you see such majesty in nature you will be gifted a smile from God and your mother in heaven.

  22. Samone Smith says:


    I am very sorry for your lost. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.



  23. Barbara: I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Thank you for sharing her floral tribute. Take care.