A Message For Mothers

1 decade 9 months 5 days ago Monday, August 20 2007 Aug 20, 2007 Monday, August 20, 2007 7:32:28 PM CDT August 20, 2007 in News

The former grade school teacher and beautician is just a hair short of her 96th birthday.

"I'm 95 and hanging," Cupp said.

Over the years, Cupp has written many a song, and the lyrics are a labor of love. Cupp wrote a book of poems, stories she used to read to her children. And within the prose is a message to moms.

One reads, "My laundry basket is overflowing but that doesn't bother me. I have a whole closet full of clothes. They've been there since 63. Thoughout my life, my chief ambition is to keep my body fit. So that's why I have this motto, sit down Verdun, sit."

"She'll call me and say I just wrote a poem and I want you to hear it. Or I've written a song, you know she just sits out on the porch and the next thing you know she's got a song or a poem," Cupp's friend Lola Kehrer said.

Verdun travels to nursing homes with her quartet, in which she sings baritone. Most of the songs she wrote or arranged herself.

This now 95 year old poet never sold copies of her book. She wasn't in it for the money. To this day, she and her family give them away.

Cupp is a mother to two grown children including Dr. Jerry Cupp who lives in Columbia. And just a reminder that Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13.

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