Happy 96th Birthday, Mom!

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Mary Jane (Reed) Gartner

Today is a very special post in honor of my mother, Mary Jane (Reed) Gartner – 96 years young today! Not everyone lives long enough to celebrate their 96th birthday, so I’m thrilled to report that my mother is marking this momentous occasion today.

One of the most important things that I ever adopted to help me in achieving my goals were those I learned from my mother (Lewis Reed’s daughter). My mom taught me that I can do anything I set my mind to and that anything worth doing is worth doing well. With her as my inspiration, I have been able to fearlessly reinvent myself as my life and times have changed. I cannot express my gratitude for her in words, whose unconditional love has been my greatest strength. My mom has always motivated me to be successful, encouraged me in all of my pursuits, and instilled in me the belief that I can achieve whatever it is that I desire. Her motto is one that I still live by to this day, “There is no such thing as can’t.” Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.

Thanks mom, for showing me that anything is possible through hard work and perseverance, and for the 68 years of love and support you have given me.

Happy Birthday Wishes from your eldest! I love you!!!

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006. In 2016, I received the Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development.

2 responses to “Happy 96th Birthday, Mom!”

  1. Patrick Kernan says :

    Happy birthday Mary Jane Gartner!

  2. John Hall says :

    Happy Birthday! Wow 96.

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