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Celebrating 75 years of motherhood
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
Without a doubt, mothers know raising just one child is hard work, but very few women out there can say they've raised 23 children, not unless you include an occasional grandchild or two.
Marion Colbert, a woman who was given the title of mother at age 14, would have celebrated 75 years of motherhood today.
This looks like a large family picture.
Maybe some aunts, uncles, a few cousins, but these are the Colbert brothers and sisters.
Marion Colbert gave birth to everyone pictured.
"Unbelievably challenging, but it was all fun because we all got along so well," Ralph Colbert said.
Ralph Colbert is the fifth eldest son, he remembers what it was like in the Colbert household growing up.
"We had to get in line, when it came to do doing things at the house, it was the older ones first, the girls first then the boys," Colbert says.
He left home by the time he was 18, but the brothers and sisters didn't stop coming.
"Every time I come home, I look in the bed, there's another one," Colbert said.
Colbert says his mother liked having children, because it helped her spread her love.
"It was her mission to raise children, and to be there for her children, that was her purpose here on Earth," Colbert said.
Not only her own children.
Allen Colbert says his grandmother was the only mother he ever knew.
"My grandmother took my twin sister and I in, that's all I know, she showed us so much love," Colbert says.
A four letter word that both these men is synonymous with Marion Colbert.
"We've never went without, she would go without before she sees anyone go without," Colbert, her grandson says.
They describe her as selfless, a woman who loved her faith and her children.
"She was that glue, she kept everybody together and we knew that you go to grandmother's house and it was nothing but love," Colbert, her grandson said.
She died Wednesday night, just a few days shy of celebrating her 75th Mother's Day.
"God doesn't place too many people like her on this Earth, heaven has definitely go themselves an angel," her grandson says.
"Job well done mom, and love you, love you, love you and I'll see you soon in God's kingdom," her son Ralph said.
A Mother's Day without the presence of a mom, but a day her lessons in life and love live on.
Services for Marion Colbert will be held Wednesday at Gospel of Jesus Christ Church in Beaumont.
She leaves behind 20 children and more than 80 grandchildren.