Remembering “Momma Roost”

Glen and Diane Nigrin

For those of you who are familiar with Ravens Roosts and Ravens Nests you know the sense of community and the feeling of extended family that characterizes these philanthropic organizations.

The Baltimore Ravens inspired their common bonds but it’s their love of humanity and for each other that galvanizes the communal pledge of these wonderful brotherhoods.

And when death robs the Roosts or Nests of one of their own, the pain tethers and is felt throughout Ravens Nation.

Just recently a dear member of the Ravens Roost 50 family fell victim to the robber.

Diane Bedworth Nigrin, one of the original members of “50″, passed unexpectedly on Saturday, May 3. She was a devoted Mom of 5 children and “Nonni” to 6 grandchildren. Diane, affectionately referred to as “Momma Roost”, was 59 years young.

Momma Roost had a gift that is common to people with big hearts. Upon meeting her she was immediately engaging, warm and kind in a way that suggested you already had a long-term friendship. She was the kind of person more interested in hearing about you than talking about her.

She also had a special and delicate knack with children. Good people have a way of inviting the affection of kids because there is no pretentiousness. Children see through that anyway in an innocent kind of way. They are attracted to sincerity and to trustworthiness.

Diane embodied these qualities.

Those of us who are left behind when someone so special is lost almost always ponder the unanswerable.

Why was she taken?

Why now?

What might have been that will now never be?

There are no good answers really – only those steeped in faith and even those aren’t always effective pain relievers when living in this state of consciousness.

Perhaps the best approach is to embrace the memories, cherish the things you shared with Diane and let those live in your heart. Try not to fret what will never be but instead, be thankful for what was.

When I lost my Mom many years ago, Fr. Vincent Gluc during the funeral mass likened our lives here on Earth to that of a caterpillar. Once we pass we enter into a temporary cocoon stage, a metaphor for a burial.

And then, in the next form of consciousness, we emerge as beautiful butterflies.

Undoubtedly Diane will soon spread her radiant wings.

Rest in peace Momma Roost…

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11 Raves on “Remembering “Momma Roost”

  1. Nancy on said:

    You are a good man Tony. Oh and by the way, the connection with religion, did you see your captacha, one of the words was Sepulchre, now that is Kismet!

  2. Jack on said:

    Thanks Tony for your wonderful and thoughtful words during this time for our Roost and our members. Our “Momma” and her fantastic husband have been an inspiration to our Roost for many years. Please everyone keep Diane, Glen and the rest of the family in your thoughts and prayers during there difficult time. Thanks again Tony keep up the good work!

  3. Greg on said:

    Thanks Tony for your words during this time of grief. “Momma” Roost was a wonderful lady and would do anything for any body and never even had to be asked. We will all keep her and her family in our prayers. Glen your in our prayers we are here if you need anything. Thanks again Tony

  4. Elaine Rutherford on said:

    I am a new member of the Roost and have not met Diana personally. Hearing others speak of her, I feel a lose that I did not get to know her. But I have met other Roost members who are a shadow of their Momma Roost leader. That is why I feel very blessed to be a part of this organization. My prayers and thoughts are with Glenn and his family. She has just passed “thru the veil” and is waiting for us on the other side. I hope when I reach there, I will have the opportunity to meet this wonderful woman.

  5. Rosalie Armetta-Popp on said:

    Tony, thank you so much for this AMAZING article! It truly describes, who my mother is. Thank you!

      • Wade Nigrin on said:

        Tony, what you said was awesome. Diane ws truly an amazing person and a woman with a huge heart. She will be sorely missed.She has a fantastic group of kids I consider myself lucky to have met..God bless Glen and his family.

  6. joan b on said:

    Tony thank you for remembering the best person from RR50. Words cannot describe what a wonderful and giving person she was. Mark and I are so blessed to have this woman in our lives. To all of her extended family we are here to support you and feel your loss. Momma that’s what friends are for! Love you DI!

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