That daughter was best-selling southern author Ronda Rich, who has often referred to Satterfield as ‘Mama’ in her syndicated newspaper columns. The fact alone caused several newspapers to run front page stories on the death of Satterfield in 2008 at age 88.
“The thing my mom would be most proud of (is that) I got her death in the paper for free,” said Rich amidst the laughter of a packed audience Thursday at the Griffin Welcome Center, where Rich spoke during an event by Spalding Regional Hospital that celebrated February as the American Heart Health Month.
It was merely one of many anecdotes and humorous memories Rich presented that night to a mostly female audience — with Rich adding that “the charm of the South is the ability to laugh about yourself.”
Rich also talked about the power of faith — as she had often witnessed in her mom — and offered some inspirational words to attendees.
“No matter what we face in this life, a better day is always coming ahead,” she said in reference to her new book, There’s A Better Day A-Comin’. “Your days may be dark now, but I promise you, a better day will come again. If you just keep going, no matter how many times you are told ‘no,’ one day you are going to get that ‘yes’ you’re looking for.”
Rich — who was the first woman to cover SEC football and the first woman in the Chicago Cubs locker room (“It’s quite an experience when a girl sees her first bear Cub.”) — started out as a journalist covering NASCAR.
She gained national attention when her best-selling book ‘What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should)’ came out more than a decade ago.
Prior to Rich’s presentation, Spalding Regional Hospital CEO John Quinn, who said he was excited about the turnout of the event, introduced local Cardiologist Dr. David B. Remington.
Remington pointed out factors that can contribute to heart disease in women, which he said is a more serious issue for women than for men, and steps that can be taken to limit the risk for heart disease.