A decade later, his mother recalls Kesey as a son

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) -- On Thursday, it will be a decade since Ken Kesey died, and in Springfield, his mother says she regrets not embracing his success.

Geneva Jolley told Eugene Register-Guard columnist Bob Welch that, in her words, she "never gave him credit for all he accomplished, and he knew I didn't." (http://bit.ly/s7kzwU )

Kesey, the author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Sometimes a Great Notion," died at age 66 after complications from surgery to remove a tumor from his liver.

Jolley, who remarried after her first husband died in 1969, turned 95 two weeks ago. She relies on a full-time helper, gets around with a walker and says she's "80 percent blind."

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com