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Today I introduce you to a very special woman in my life, a woman who wears three crowns: mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. My grandmother, Diana S.A. Bell.

"It was so exciting getting married in 1963 and don't have your child right away it's like it's never going to happen but when it happened it's like, oh my gosh, I can't believe it is happening to me but it did happen and it was so exciting you know just don't know my husband was so happy because we never expected to have one but we did," she said. Diana and George Roberto Bell went on to have six children, two boys and four girls the oldest is 49 years old and the youngest will be 28 years old. As a mother she goes above and beyond to make sure that her children are taken care of wearing the many different hats that mothers do - at times filling in the shoes of the father, the housekeeper, the confidante, and the peace maker.

My grandma has shown me through the years the kindness of her heart, whether it is a roof over my head, a little help when times are tough, or a bowl of her famous potato salad she has always been giving. She said, "I never complain that I am doing this for you I am doing that for you because that is me I do everything I can and if I can do it I do it."

It was in 1982 that my grandma welcomed me into the world the first of 17 grandchildren and the favorite of the bunch. "I enjoyed her so much," she said. "It's hard really to explain but it hurts if she is gone which it did happen that part I will never forget that hurt when my first grandchild left, and I am sure by now you know who I am talking about."

When I got a position as a reporter she became one of my biggest fans never missing a KUAM newscast, always looking out for me and providing me with positive criticism, she is truly the sweetest woman you could ever meet. "I just enjoy kids, grandkids, great grandkids. I am still enjoying them although I feel like oh I am supposed to be entitled to spoil my grands. I don't want to be a disciplinary grandmother because that I would like the parents to take that course to discipline their own children," she said.

So Grandma, as you are reading this, thank you for everything you have done for me and our family. Anytime you are in need of a ride or a partner to measure the miles on the road with, I will be there. I love you and Happy Mother's Day!

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