Denice Ryan Martin


Denice Ryan Martin writes and gardens on 3.5 acres in Genesee. She holds a BA in English from Loyola University of Chicago and a Master's in Social Work from California State University/Sacramento. Her stories and essays have appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Sacramento News & Review and numerous magazines. Prior to moving to Wisconsin in 2003, she worked as a K-12 school social worker in Northern California and Northern Illinois.

Recently I attended the funeral for Mrs. Murphy, the mother of a childhood friend. Her passing took everyone by surprise. And, it was another sober reminder that the parents of Baby Boomers, my generation, are quietly slipping away.

We last saw each other this past summer. My friend Kathleen was in from the East Coast and suggested a lunch date with our moms. We were joined by another childhood friend, Joanie, who had lost her mom a year before.