Alma is preceded in loss of life by her daughter Deborah Donnelly-Wahlberg, who died at age 43 in 2003 on the identical day Mark and spouse Rhea Durham welcomed their daughter Ella Rae, the eldest of their 4 kids. Alma’s ex-husband, Donald Wahlberg, died at age 77 in 2008.
“Like so many mothers who struggled, overcame odds, made one thing from nothing and pulled off the not possible for his or her kids, she by no means complained,” Donnie continued in his tribute to his mother. “She did what wanted to be finished, most frequently, with a smile. She made the perfect of instances within the worst of instances.”
He continued, “That was Alma — mom, sister, daughter, grandmother, good friend, ally, warrior, angel. She made no apologies for who she was, however by no means put herself above anybody else. She kicked our butts if we tousled, kicked anybody else’s butts in the event that they messed with us. Taught us proper, made us pay the worth after we had been fallacious. She was the epitome of the phrase grace.”
A long time in the past, Alma labored as a financial institution clerk and nurse’s aide to make ends meet and after she cut up from her husband Donald in 1982, she relied on welfare butter and cheese to feed her children.
“I invented the craziest meals. English muffin pizzas, that was the large deal with,” she instructed NBC’s Today present in 2018. “I had no alternative. I needed to discover them one thing to eat.”
She continued, “I did not know what I used to be doing proper, you already know what I imply? I used to be simply doing what I felt like I needed to do…I did not know what was the best or fallacious factor typically as a result of typically it acquired actually loopy as a result of there’s 9 of all of them doing various things.”