The Gambler: A tribute to my mother

My beautiful mother Olgamary Savage died on 27 May 2020 at the age of 79.

There is much I want to write about in terms of her life and death. But to even contemplate the big picture feels overwhelming. Instead, I am writing vignettes, including one for a website I love called Stereo Stories.

Stereo Stories ‘is music and memoir, narrative and melody, story and song.’ It invites writers to share memories attached to music. I’ve written about my mother, her love of country music, and what the Kenny Rogers song ‘The Gambler’ (penned by Don Schlitz) taught me about life, death and cancer. I actually started writing this piece two years ago, but found I couldn’t complete it while Mum was still alive. As it happened, she and Kenny died within five weeks of one another.

Follow the link below to read the story.

THE GAMBLER by KENNY ROGERS. Story by Angela Savage

Vale Kenny Rogers, 21/08/1938 – 20/03 2020
Vale Olgamary Savage, 25/02/194127/05/2020

About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. She won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript, and the Scarlet Stiletto Award short story award. Her latest novel is, Mother of Pearl, published by Transit Lounge. Angela holds a PhD in Creative Writing, is former CEO of Writers Victoria, and currently works as CEO of Public Libraries Victoria.
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9 Responses to The Gambler: A tribute to my mother

  1. Kathy D. says:

    I”m very sorry to read of the loss of your mother. Just by reading her comments here, I knew she was a wonderful person and parent.
    Sending sympathy and support from across the ocean.

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    • Thanks Kathy D. It’s been a hell of a year on so many levels. And you are right: my mother was a wonderful person and parent. I hope you are keeping safe and well.


  2. Irma Gold says:

    Angela, your story is so moving and tender. I’m so sorry that you’ve lost your wonderful mother x

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Margot Kinberg says:

    What a lovely tribute to your mother, Angela. I like the idea of vignettes to tell her story, and you do so very well. Thinking of you as you move on, and wishing you peace as you get through all of this.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. FictionFan says:

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, Angela. Best wishes to you and your family.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. A lovely tribute, so sorry for your loss

    Liked by 1 person

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