(LEX 18) – On Sunday mothers are celebrated for their hard work and selflessness in raising their kids.
But this day is especially tough for the families of two central Kentucky moms who are missing.
Relatives of both Crystal Rogers and Savannah Spurlock are honoring them this Mother’s Day.
“They miss their mom every time they see a kid with their mom. It’s hard for them. It’s hard for people to understand that,” said Sherry Ballard, Crystal Roger’s mother.
This marks the fourth Mother’s Day without Crystal Rogers, and her family’s celebration of the holiday is a little different than most.
Her five kids, along with her mom, Sherry, struggle with this day because they can’t honor her in person.
“I got a few pink balloons and we got some that had Happy Mother’s Day on it for the kids. That way they can just let them go and let their mom know they’re thinking about her. We miss her. We miss her a lot,” said Ballard.
Sherry’s emotions were raw as she remembers the last gift she got from Crystal: a yellow rose bush.
“I told my husband I know exactly where I’m going to put that yellow rose bush. It’ll stand out among all those red ones. Just the other day, right before Mother’s Day, I had a big yellow bloom on one of them,” said Ballard.
Crystal’s mom can relate to so many others who are dealing with a similar situation.
Savannah Spurlock’s mom, Ellen, sent LEX 18 some pictures of the pair, as she also misses her daughter on this special day.
Her case has seen national attention after she went missing in January and it’s her first Mother’s Day not at home with her four kids.
But as Sherry Ballard goes on year four, she hopes to offer some advice…
“Don’t let your daughter, family, or loved one be forgotten. Keep it out there until you bring them home,” said Ballard.