A really touching tribute, comedian Stephen Colbert offered to his mom, Lorna Colbert, who died last week at the age of 92.
Colbert missed the show the last week to be with his mother. In his first appearance back, he broke character in order to explain the audience what had happened. A number of times during the eulogy, his voice broke and he went silent for a moment to compose himself.
The comedian best known for his punditry spoke fondly of Lorna Tuck Colbert, who was born in Larchmont, New York and had eleven children with Colbert’s father. Holding back tears, he spoke of his mother’s life and how she had managed to endure the death of her husband, brother and three of her sons without ever becoming bitter about the tragedies. “Her love for her family and her faith in God somehow gave her the strength not only to go on but to love life without bitterness and instill in all of us a gratitude for every day we have together,” Colbert said.
In a particularly poignant moment, he mentioned his mother’s ensuing struggles toward the end of her life. Despite confusion that made it difficult to recall things like her favorite color, Colbert’s mother never forgot the prayer that she used to tuck her children in.
It’s really quite a touching tribute.