Written by Heather Thomas

Styling by Calynne Hill and Terra Palmer | Photography by Stacy Rehberg

In honor of Mother’s Day in May, we invited readers to e-mail us about their mothers. Two marvelous moms were chosen to be treated to a makeover by our stylists and styling partners, along with a photo shoot, receiving a well-deserved pampering break from their 24/7 jobs. As the letters from their daughters illustrate, a mother’s love is forever, continuing to nourish and inspire.

Betty Kellum

Letter from Sherri Kellum

“My mom is the classiest act you could ever follow. She not only runs a furniture business but is also a hard-working real estate broker. I am legally blind due to complications from Type 1 Diabetes, and I also have Multiple Sclerosis. With everything on her plate, she takes me to all of my doctor appointments, and I’m 50! She deserves this makeover not only because of what she gives in her many roles but because of her selfless heart.”

Since 1981, Betty Kellum has been a well-respected Tallahassee real estate broker with Betty Kellum Realty and, along with her husband Jim of 54 years, an owner of Kellum’s Furniture and Antique and Design Center. She has two daughters, Sherri Kellum and Kimberly Gay, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Betty says, “The joys of motherhood change as you get older and watch your children evolve into who they are as people.” Because a busy mother and grandmother like Betty rarely takes time for herself, she says, “It was such a surprise and a treat to be able to do this, and I was incredibly touched by Sherri making the extra effort to reach out to Tallahassee Woman Magazine, despite all of her challenges.”

For Betty, motherhood has been all about one step, one blessing at a time. “My youngest great-granddaughter just took her first step. I think back and wish that I had known how fast all those firsts would have gone. There’s just not enough time to take it all in, but not a day goes by that I don’t feel completely blessed.”

Tammy Webb

Letter from Gabrielle Webb

“My mom is not technically my mother by birth, but she became my mother when I was 6 years old and changed my life and the lives of my father and siblings. Tammy came into our lives knowing how hurt our family was, but she was committed to making sure we all felt loved, and never gave up on us, becoming the mother we needed, and had always wanted. Through all the tears, laughter, hard and happy times, she raised my siblings and me to be the best we could be.”

More recognizable by her voice on Cumulus 98.9’s “John and Tammy in the Morning” show, Tammy Webb has been a prominent fixture in the local radio community for the past 22 years. As a mother and grandmother to a blended family of twelve children, Tammy has been a voice of love and support for her family, and for many in the community. Tammy’s favorite quote about being a mother is by Donna Ball—“Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is… and to forgive yourself over and over again, for doing everything wrong.”

TWM would like to thank our business partners who donated their time, services and products in order to help make this a special experience for Betty and Tammy:

  Ashley Anderson of Divine Designs for hair services

  Leslie McClellan of Makeup Pro Studio for makeup services

  Polished Nail Salon for manicures and pedicures

  Walter Green Boutique for donating Betty Kellum’s clothing

and accessories and  Sparkle by Madison for donating Tammy Webb’s clothing and accessories.

  Stacy Rehberg Photography for photography services.