Ann Orman

25 April , 19154 September , 2012

One would think that after writing nine consecutive New York Times best sellers, it would be effortless for me to write an obituary for my own mother. But, alas, it is not. What does one say in a few paragraphs to encapsulate an entire lifetime? Does anyone even care that she is survived by my brothers, Bob and Gary, and Gary's wife, Bonnie; my mom's only grandson, Travis Orman, and his wife Jennifer; and great grandchildren, Amanda and Aaron, whom my mom loved more than life itself? The other night, as we sat vigil over my mother's bed, my mom's younger sister, Thelma Notkin — who is 92 and three months ago lost her husband of 70 years — asked me, "Suze is it hard to see your mom like this?" I honestly answered, "No." My mom was 97 and in her final years lived the most extraordinary life of anyone I have ever known. So, as I looked at her small and frail body, all I saw was her beauty and grace, as she rested peacefully in her own bed, in her own apartment, surrounded by those who loved her. It was just as she wanted.

What would I want you to know about my mom? My mom was a strong, vibrant woman, who along with my father, Morry, taught me the three keys to success: An Orman never gives up; fifty percent of something is better than 100 percent of nothing; and always value your own heart.

My mom and dad were so proud to be from the South Side of Chicago. They lived at 8137 Oglesby till I left the nest to go to college in 1970, when they moved to Hyde Park. Mom was a legal secretary and could type faster than the wind. I remember being about ten and clocking her at 120 words a minute. She could take shorthand and repeat back word for word anything I said, no matter how fast I spoke. She was also an Avon rep to help pay the bills, and to this day I have tremendous respect for the many women who do the same.

My dad, well many of you knew my dad; he fed thousands of you over the years at Morry's Deli on 551h Street. The lines would go on forever, and I know because I worked there every day after school. When my dad died, hundreds of customers came to his funeral, because he was such a beloved fixture of Hyde Park. Now, 31 years later, there really is no one left but just a very few of us to go to my mother's funeral and to celebrate her life.

I know Chicago always held a special place in her heart, even though, when she was 90, we decided to move her to Florida. She was so sad to leave, and all she ever talked about was one day being able to go back. Just before she died she looked at me and asked if she should get dressed to go home. I replied, "Where is home, mom?" And, of course, she said, "Chicago."


Ann Orman

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Nancy Torres

25 April 2013

My heart and prayers go out to the Orman Family. I miss hearing her voice and seeing her beautiful smile. May she rest in peace. Happy Birthday Ann (04/25/13) xoxo God Bless. RIP

Susan Dealy

17 February 2013

Hi Suze,
I lost my Mom last summer, a few months before you lost yours. I took care of my frail 86 yr old Mom in my home for the last 5 months of her life. It was VERY HARD yet I cherish that final time in her life with me. I think of my Mom often yet the profound loss has healed slowly over time. I suspect that time is healing your loss also. God Bless You, Suze. Thank you for teaching me financial information. Susan Dealy

Kathy Perry

30 October 2012

Hi Suze:

I have been a fan of yours forever and just recently I lost my mother. I would like to express my deep condolences to you and your family during this very trying time. I have heard you speak of your mother many times on your weekly show. I know that you shared a very deep connection with your mom. Take strength in knowing that time really does heal all wounds. You were as blessed to have the love of your mother as she was to have your love. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Hold your head up and stay strong. Cherish all the special moments that you shared with your mother.

Kathy Perry
Tallahassee, FL

1 October 2012

What a touching and heartfelt dedication to your Mama, Suze. Having lost both of my parents, I know how difficult, and yet somehow healing, it is to expess yourself in words of love and rememberance at the loss of someone so special.

May you, your family, and your family of friends find comfort in the love you shared for your Mama, and treasure the many years she was given to be with you. It is never long enough.....

Claire Hranicky, San Diego, CA

Lucy Johnson

23 September 2012

I am so sorry to learn about the death of your mother. Suze I always enjoyed your stories about her and the pictures you shared. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Alice Carr

19 September 2012

May your Mama rest in peace.


18 September 2012

Mama O...What a gift to us all. What a life! Suze, my deep sympathy at this time.

Angela Leeke

13 September 2012

We lost our Mom last month and she had just turned 80 4 days before. Cherish and treasure all the extra years you had with your Mom. You look like her and something tells me you act and talk like her. She sounded like a strong woman. Her beloved family will miss her but remember she has not gone away, she has only gone on ahead. I never say my deepest sympathies; I say Rejoice and Cherish and Laugh and Celebrate her life...that is what she would want.

Angela Leeke

Linda Walker

11 September 2012

My sincere condolences. Was at 5000 Cornell Bldg for over 20 years. Remember your uncle and aunt across the hall (east) before they moved to Florida. Loved your Mama. She was a guest at what turned out to be my Mom's last Birthday party (80). She was one of the last to leave the party. Your Mom was a great & vibrant lady who will be greatly missed.

Nancy Bing

10 September 2012

May you find peace & comfort in the wonderful memories of your mama; you took great care of her. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family at this difficult time. She will be an angel in heaven now watching out for her family always...


THE ORMAN FAMILY - Gary, Suze & Bobby with their Mother Ann


Ann enjoying one of many Holiday Celebrations in Florida


"Annie" & her little sis "Thelly"


Ann with her grandson Travis, his wife Jennifer & Great Grandchildren Amanda & Aaron.


Suze and her Mama celebrate life!


Mama O and loyal aide Merlene Reid…at a Sunday BBQ with Suze