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Ann Coulter’s Loving Tribute To Her Mother

Sad tidings from Ann Coulter:


April 22, 2009

A lot of people claim to be my No. 1 fan — God bless them — but my true No. 1 fan left this world last week. My mother quietly stopped breathing last Tuesday, as she slept peacefully, holding my hand.

She was the biggest fan of all of us — Father, me and my brothers John and Jim.

After reading the eulogy column I wrote for Father last year — not to excess, probably only about 4,637 times — Mother realized to her chagrin that she wouldn’t be able to read the eulogy column I’d be writing for her, and started hinting that maybe I could rustle up a draft so she could take a peek.

But I couldn’t do it, until I had to.

The only thing Mother wanted to be sure my brothers and I included in her remembrances were her contributions to the Republican Party, the New Canaan Republican Town Committee and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was a direct descendant of at least a dozen patriots who served the cause of the American Revolution and traced her lineage on both sides of her family to Puritan nonconformists who came to America in 1633 seeking religious freedom on a ship led by Pastor Thomas Hooker. Or, as Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano would call them, "A dangerous right-wing extremist hate group."

Even back in the Puritan days, Mother’s female ancestors were brought up on charges for their heretical dressing styles (and then sassed the judge). During the Revolution, one female ancestor, Effie Ten Eyck Van Varick, contributed to the rebel cause by donating lead for bullets from the curtain weights in her home in what was, even then, traitorous, loyalist Manhattan.

Mother’s deep-seated political activism saved me on more than one occasion.

At the 2004 Republican National Convention, I was taking my parents to a lot of the parties in New York and, at one of them, Herman Cain walked up to me and told me he was a big fan even though I probably didn’t know who he was.

Cain was the former president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza who was then running for the U.S. Senate from Georgia. I had seen him on Fox News’ "Cavuto" — but I couldn’t remember his name for the life of me.

Luckily for me, Mother was standing next to me and she piped in, "I know who you are — I donated to your campaign." Thank you, Mommy!

Mother probably contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to various conservative outfits over the years — all in her little $20 checks — especially to any organization that claimed it was going to stop Hillary. In fact, if they mentioned Hillary in their letter, Mother sometimes made it $25.

My brothers and I always figured we’d have no inheritance, but there would be a lovely memorial to Oliver North somewhere.

Mother may have thought her most notable characteristic was her Republican activism, but, for the rest of us, it was her constant, unconditional love. She was a little love machine, spreading warmth and joy wherever she went.

Every time she’d see me, even after just a few days’ absence, she’d hug me as if I had been lost in the Himalayan Mountains for the past 20 years.

On Mother’s birthday last year, I had a dinner party for her with Rush Limbaugh, Conrad Black and my friends Peter and Angie.

Mother was always delighted to be with people talking about politics — actually she told me that, lately, she was delighted to be around any conversations that didn’t involve who had a doctor’s appointment or who had died that day.

So I let her stay up until 3 a.m. that night, well past her bedtime. Mother was so happy that after I had her all tucked in and the lights out, I heard her singing herself to sleep.

Even on the rare occasions when I’d be cross with her, she’d completely forget about it, and within 10 seconds would be telling me what a wonderful, precious daughter I was. My brother Jimmy found out recently that she’d even forgotten that he had caused her to miss Reagan’s first inauguration by getting in a car accident the night before we were leaving — and she never should have forgotten that.

Everyone wanted my mother to be his mother. (The "his" in that sentence is grammatically correct and Mother would never let us forget it.) I’m sure everyone thinks he has the perfect mother, but we really did…

Please read the rest of Ann’s touching eulogy at her site.

We had the wonderful pleasure of knowing Nell.

And yes, she was exactly the kind of mother that everyone wants for his own.

Indeed, she was the living embodiment of sweetness and light.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 23rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

27 Responses to “Ann Coulter’s Loving Tribute To Her Mother”

  1. DW says:

    I hope everybody here will join me in expressing heartfelt condolences to Ann Coulter on the recent loss of her mother.

  2. proreason says:

    May she rest in peace knowing that, through herself, her daughter is a triumph of humanity and carries on her own work.

    • Celina says:


      I was so touched by this beautiful tribute to Mrs. Coulter. (Not much makes me cry but this absolutely did). I am a mother also and I hope one day I can proudly look back on my life and say that I raised a person like Ann. Ms. Coulter, I am sure you make your mother quite proud.

      My prayers are with the Coulter family. May God’s peace be with you as you grieve.

  3. BillK says:

    Yep – a wonderful piece and I would have sent condolences myself if I had an email address.

    Rest assured I’m sure Steve will pass along our heartfelt messages.

  4. Douglas says:

    My sympathies to Ann. Losing a parent is always tough. My mom died (some years ago) after a long battle with cancer and while it was a blessing on one hand I’m not sure that I’d have ever been ready to let go.

  5. wstuga says:

    Prayers for the Coulter family. They have lost both parents in the span of a year. From what Ann wrote about both of them, they both were amazing people.

    Steve please pass along our condolances to Ann and her family as well as our thoughts and prayers for the Coulter family.

  6. texaspsue says:

    What a beautiful tribute! (sniff sniff)

    Thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences to you and your family, Ann Coulter.

  7. David says:

    Ann reminds me of my sister who is quite witty and skilled in rhetoric to convince just about anyone why her way is the right way. Needless to say this was a huge headache for my parents. How sweet to hear how blessed Ann is to have enjoyed her parents relationship throughout their years. Raising a daughter that would grow to be like Ann seems like a very worthy goal. As Ann made clear in her last book, America needs more parents like them!

  8. Reality Bytes says:

    Having recently helped my Dad through his own passing, I can’t help but think that Ann would agree that the expression, “Sorry for your loss” couldn’t be further from the reality of having a great parent. I’m sure if the democrats knew how many gains our parents gave us in memories & life lessons, they’d probably want to tax them.

    Having a family with a spinkling of Communists (OK, they prefer the title “Liberal”) & God even worse, Moderates (or Spineless Cowards as I like to call them), it was left to me to memorialize Pop who famously declared to our Republican county executive in front of the assembled Rino’s “If you run like a democrat, they’re only going to vote for the real thing anyway.” (how prophetic, eh?). I called it “Beautiful Mourning” & it was. I trust Ann & her family savor the love & memories of their mother in the same spirit.

  9. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    My condolences to the Coulter family on their loss. I still inwardly mourn the loss of my father even though he passed away four years ago. How hard it is to lose one’s parents even though we know it eventually happens.

  10. spiffyw says:

    True Love Manifests itself in many ways and having your child learn lifes lessons so well is one of them .
    Ann writes so well and experssed what a wonderful loving and fun person her Mom was.
    Sounds like Nell left a lifetime of wonderful memories .
    My prayers & sympathy to Ann and Family .

  11. Though death be a dark passage, it leads to immortality, and that is recompense enough for suffering of it ~ William Penn 1693

    God Bless.

  12. Colonel1961 says:

    Our prayers are with the Coulter family…

  13. wardmama4 says:

    I was so sad to read this, knowing that the Coulter family just lost their father last year. Her eulogies to both of her parents are a testament to both her and her parents – such a wonderful family.

    Yes, Steve send all the condolences from us to the Coulter family.

  14. Melly says:

    My sincere condolences to Ann and her family.
    Her Mother sounded like a wonderful woman.

  15. Kilmeny says:

    How wonderful a person she must have been. I am truly sorry to hear this.

  16. spiffyw says:

    Some People are so nice You Love just being near to them .
    I say ‘them’ because ‘those’ people can Love a lot more than others and aren’t afraid to share it …. If you are the lone Wolf @ The Party and the person /woman who approaches is really cool and respect just oozes from her….Your’re thinking Please talk to me.. and they do …. Cool people are really communicative …. They like to share it …. NELL had to be one of those communicators. My mom got into pastel chalks and expressed that what is something really simple and plain into something interesting and worth looking at .She left over 50 pastels to her grandchildren and children ,We treasure them ,6 kids , Now We are the Old one’s .
    She left a legacy that will last forever .And I saw she as in plural as the coolest people in the world .
    there has to be a place in Heaven for Wonderful Mom’s
    Even Wonderful Mom’s leave Orphans.
    Just one more thought ….
    Your sunsets will never be the same without your Mom’s vibes …..
    The filter Mom’s put on life is no longer there ….Now it is up to You .
    This is so fitting I’ve been crying all week Susan B
    and I can’t name the others …. A lot of puffy eyes

    Let’s Celebrate all the good things She left.

    Ps those damn 16th century relies leave a mark

  17. MinnesotaRush says:

    God’s special blessings and grace to the entire Coulter family, their friends, and loved ones as they move thru this difficult time!

  18. Squito says:

    My condolences to you, Ann. Your books were (and still are) a breath of relief in the last couple years when being a conservative in my school and neighborhood was practically a taboo. Your mother must’ve been an awesome, sharp-witted person to raise an inspiring woman like yourself.

    May all of us remember that our loved ones are with God and are waiting for the day we come Home and be with them again.

    God bless!

  19. Gila Monster says:

    Even in this time of sadness, one must rejoice in their thoughts that God now has by his side, another wonderful soul that brought forth more goodness on his Earth.

    My prayers are with the Coulter family, may God bless them with his presence during this time of great personal loss, Amen.

  20. canary says:

    May every memory and thought of her mother, bring Ann peace.

  21. Howard Roark says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss, Ann.

    You wrote a very touching piece, and I hope you and your brothers are comforted with the knowledge of her life lived well, and the mark she leaves with us.

    For a hardened American like myself, crying doesn’t happen often. But it was this part that almost broke me up, and I never even met your wonderful mother: Her angelic face always looked like home to me. My whole life, as soon as I’d see my mother’s face I’d know I was safe, whether I was a little girl lost in a department store or a big girl with a problem, who needed her mother.

  22. grits says:

    Dear Ann, your tribute is as lovely as your mother. Strength and dignity were truly her clothing. Please accept my sincere sympathies.

  23. Curmudgeon says:

    Dear Ann, please accept my deepest sympathy for your very great loss. Your words of love and respect for your wonderful mother touch all of us who love and respect you.

  24. Arctain says:

    “Now I’ll never be able to introduce my Mother to friends and surprise them with her charming Southern accent.”

    While we may have to imagine the Southern accent, you have vividly introduced your mother in your tribute. Thank you.

    My condolences, Ms. Coulter.

  25. jrmcdonald says:

    Ann, one of the reason’s that you can give us so much, is that you were given so much. Take comfort that your Mom and Dad are together again.

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