By Justin Udo
BARRINGTON, N.J. (CBS) — Saying “I love you” to mom on Mother’s Day is a common occurrence, but showing your mom how much you love her every day isn’t quite as common. But for one South Jersey woman, mom is top priority, and the love she has for her mother is expressed all year long.
47-year-old Nancy Troxler of Barrington in Camden County, New Jersey was adopted by her parents Thomas and Angelina Landis more than four decades ago.
Nancy left home at age 19 to join the Army, and then worked as a corrections officer for 20 years. She even raised a daughter of her own. But when her father passed away and her mother grew ill, Nancy returned home.
“My mother has Alzheimer’s, so me and my partner gave up everything and we moved in here to take care of my mother,” Nancy said. “She’s bedridden now, but there’s no place in the world I’d rather be.”
She said she treasures these moments with her mom because she doesn’t know how long they will last.
“We sit with her up in her room,” Nancy said. “We talk and just try to make her laugh and reminisce, show her pictures of the family.”
In addition to working a full time job with the IRS, Nancy and her partner Marcy Sangiorgio, must take care of her mother by changing her, bathing her and feeding her.
“I’m only returning a fraction of the love she gave me by doing what I’m doing for her,” Nancy said. “I love her, I would do anything in the world for her.”
Nancy said only one emotion can describe how Mother’s Day makes her feel toward her mom.
“Nothing but love,” she said. “It’s a special day just to show my mom how much I love her even more so than I do in a regular day.”