Mothers’ Legacies at COAR

Mothers’ Legacies at COAR

No one can replace a lost mother. But COAR is privileged to provide love and security to children who have lost their mothers. It is often sponsors, called “Godmother” by the children, that supply that sense of security, that someone cares what happens to them, cares what is happening in school, in their houses, in their hopes and fears. More than that, many mothers passed on their love of COAR to their children. Meet a few, and the children they have protected – with their gifts, their letters, and their love.


______________________________________________________________________________________________  The Miller Sisters & Missy



Judy Doppes – Gamaliel (above)

Missy Terrill – Ingrid, 2005-2016

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Excerpt from newsletter of June 2009
(pictured, left)
Gamaliel: “Do you know Ms. Doppes?”
I said, “Yes I do know them. They love
you very much.”
He answered, “I know, look!”


From left to right; Julie Haverland (Missy’s
mom), Judy Doppes (RIP), Missy Terrill
(RIP), and Jane Tillar


From Missy’s e-mails of
January 28 & 29, 2013:

Thanks again to the whole team at COAR
for the work that you do. My Mom lives
with her 2 sisters and we’re all sponsors so
it is fun to get letters in the mail and share
updates about “our girls”! . . . it has been
such a joy WATCHING Ingrid grow up
through the years . . .
Thanks again… with much gratitude,
BTW… somehow I ended up with a little
extra after the holidays and plan to send
your way sometime this week. Be on the
lookout 🙂


Hi Mom, Janie and Judy! I’ve been emailing
with Mary who is Executive Director at
COAR and as a part of our conversation I
mentioned how much we like getting
updated pictures of our sponsored girls. I
also asked her to let me know if there was
anything I could do to help the cause of
keeping them coming and she actually came
back with an idea! [to print this e-mail
exchange and a picture of the family] I
don’t see an issue with it and I know how
photogenic you all are 🙂 so I say hey… why

On a sad note, both Missy (age 44) and
her aunt Judy (age 81) died unexpectedly
last summer. They join the chorus of angels
that watch over the COAR children, like
all good mothers do.


____________________________________________________________________________________________  Joanne and daughter, Teresa



From Teresa’s phone call in 2015:
“My mother died last month. I discovered the
COAR History and some newsletters among
my mother’s possessions. So, I would also like
to support COAR. I was adopted from El
Salvador when I was 10 years old. This will
connect me to my mother and El Salvador.”


____________________________________________________________________________________________  Pauline and daughter Louise



Letter to sponsored child, Maria, from 2013:

Dear Maria,
Thank you so much for your letter. We enjoyed
learning about your studies, family and pass
time interests. Our dear mother Pauline died
last July. She was 97 years old. I am sure
she is now at peace with God. My wife Louise
and I have decided to continue your
sponsorship in her memory.


__________________________________________________________________________________________  Margaret and daughter Mickie


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Mickie called to say that her mother, Margaret, died in
November. Her mother’s dying wish was that Mickie continue
Margaret’s sponsorship of Milagro.

On Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 4:58 PM, COAR Peace Mission
<> wrote:

Dear Mickie,
Thank you for your call today to tell us that your mother, Margaret,
died in November. We are very sorry for your loss. I read her
obituary and she must have been a remarkable woman to have
raised you all after your father’s death. You must have been very
young. She certainly worked hard, and lastly for her church. Those
are the people who really keep the Catholic Church organized and

Thank you, also, for continuing her sponsorship of Milagro. You
will receive our FAQs and some other information in the mail shortly.  We will tell Milagro of the change of sponsor from your mom to you. If you have the time to write and tell her something of your mother, I’m sure she’d appreciate it. They understand suffering and loss, the COAR children do.

As I said, I have an idea to do a newsletter feature on the number
of sponsors who have taken over sponsorship from their mothers.
I think there is something especially touching about that, a mother’s

You might also be interested to know that your mother’s faithfulness
since 1998 resulted in 215 gifts totaling $4,985.00. That is children’s
lives saved, plain and simple, beyond just her sponsored children.
What a wonderful legacy. Of course, you are her wonderful legacy,
too, and Milagro will be very lucky to have you as a sponsor.


Mary K. Stevenson, Executive Director
COAR Peace Mission, Inc.

From: mickie
To: me
Dear Mary,
It is an honor to keep mom’s sponsorship of Milagro going. That
was one of her main concerns that we keep it up. One thing about
mom, she would not complain. She was a strong woman. Our dad
die when I was 8 years old and she was expecting my youngest
brother (there are 6 living and one was stillborn). She was only 32
at the time. So raising 6 kids on your own was tough. She taught
us to respect others and help if we could. She always had a strong
faith in God. She loved her family very much.