Each ride-day the Light the Trail team will #Ride4 a victim of suicide to honor and celebrate their life, and to further healthy conversation about this important topic.

November 10th, 2017: #Ride4 Mary Madalene Dempsey (by Lezlie Dempsey Culver)

Tell us about them…

My mom loved being a mom, sister, daughter, aunt etc…she was the 6th of 6 children. She was absolutely gorgeous and also beautiful in her heart and soul.

She was a professional oil and investment banker until she had children. She was a professional pilot who achieved her solo pilot license in 1964.

She loved holidays. Halloween was always special. My sister and I got to alternate years …one of us got to have a big party for Halloween with neighborhood kids and all of our class. My mom loved Christmas and always made them special with an incredible holiday tree, handmade stockings, and we truly believed Santa had come to our house! My mom also loved birthdays. The parties were big (once again, everyone in the class was invited), an awesome personalized cake and of course wonderful gifts. Did she spoil us? Yes, but also taught us to be kind to everyone. My mom’s sister told me “all your mother ever wanted was to be a mom.”

How has your perspective of depression and suicide shifted over time?

My mom died when I was 12 so I did not comprehend her illness (depression) or understand she died from a disease/mental illness. This was in 1975 so no one talked about it or tried to get me and my siblings help. It was just the way it was. I knew there were struggles but fully learned about issues that may have caused her depression when I was much older. One of friends once told me “everything you volunteer for goes back to your mom.” Planned Parenthood, The Women’s Center and of course LOSS Team.

A small special way we can celebrate them on the road?

Have Isaac dress up as Elvis!

Is there a particular favorite song or band of theirs, or one you remember them by?

Elvis Presley/In the Ghetto . (Elvis kissed me and my sister…my mom stood up and said what about the mom? and got a kiss!)

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