Vikki Parsons's Journal
Written Jun 14, 2013 1:03pm by Christine JonesMichael has asked me to post this one final entry.
As most of you already know, Michael wants to insure that Vikki's granddaughter has the fullest, richest memories of her Mimi. One of the things he's doing is taking all of these Caring Bridge posts and having them printed in book form as a keepsake for Sydney. His plan is to do this Monday. If you have any further messages or stories or observations you would like to share with Sydney, please write them here this weekend.
While the chapter that was Vikki's life on earth has come to a close, her story and her legacy continue in our hearts, our minds and in her granddaughter.
A Journey Ends
Written May 8, 2013 3:10pm by Michael ParsonsToday will be my final entry in this journal. One that began 2 years ago today with the diagnoses of pancreatic cancer. My heart is so sadden by the loss of my dear sweet Vikki. We faced this journey together and it ended with us as we always were, hand in hand and heart to heart.
To my love, you faced this battle with courage,grace, and determination the likes of which I have never experienced. Even in the darkest moments you pressed forward and endured. Because of this we were able to share your love and spirit for a longer time. I give thanks to God for your strength. I will treasure the moments we shared and cherish the unconditional love you showed me everyday. Even during this time of grief and sorrow I can gaze into your picture and see that look of love and the happiness of your smile, and it envelops me with warmth and gives comfort. You may have departed your earthly bounds but the gift of who you are will live on in the hearts of the many people you touched, but mostly mine. Ron Musick one of the pastors at your service said it best " we shall not say good bye but, we will see you again " I love you Vikki.
To the many friends and family who helped Vikki, either with their words of encouragement or their many prayers. Your thoughtfulness is what gave her strength when despair seemed to close in around her. Every week she would show me the cards and messages she received, and as it was her way, with a great deal of humility. She spoke often of how she wanted to reach out and embrace each and everyone, if nothing more than to say thank you for thinking of me. Even as the end of her journey neared, the hosts of prayers went up. Maybe not so much for recovery, but to find peace and comfort. As hard as it was for me to see her go, I know in my heart that she has found peace, and the pain is no more and she dwells in the house of the Lord.
To the Doctors, nurses and medical staff. The compassion and skill that you showed Vikki while she fought this dreaded disease has no measure. With your help Vikki was able to give every ounce of energy humanly possible to try to win her fight. Because of you she never quit because you never quit on her. May God bless you all.
This brings me to the end of this chapter of Vikki's story. Not the ending we wanted but one that shows the spirit of a great lady. As time passes and the hurt subsides we can relish in the fond and loving memories of a mortal life that was rich in character, full of love and devotion for others, and the most beautiful soul I have ever known. Vikki's true legacy is her sweet sweet granddaughter Sydney. She knows and understands so much about her "Mimi" but I want her to have an understanding of what her Mimi meant to others, much of which can be found here on her Caringbridge site. Caringbridge has a service were they will publish every post from her journal and the guestbook into a book format. After a period of time I would like to do this for Sydney. If you would like to share a thought, or a story about Vikki please feel free to do so. It might not mean so much today to an 8 year old Sydney, but a 20 year old Sydney could find great solace and joy in discovering who her Mimi was.
In closing, many of us wear a purple bracelet to honor Vikki. On it is written " No One Fights Alone ". That is so true with Vikki. She managed the the physical effects of cancer, but she was never alone, not then, not ever. We who knew and loved her can rejoice in the fact that we will always have her with us. Be well with God my dear Vikki.
God Bless All,
Love and Thanks,
May 8th, 2013
Time for Peace
Written May 1, 2013 4:56pm by Michael ParsonsVikki had grace. Vikki had style. Vikki had charm. But more recently she showed us just what a fighter she could be. Pancreatic cancer has raged a ruthless war against Vikki for almost two years now and she has fought for every last minute. The battle ended when Vikki passed into peace this morning surrounded by her husband, her sister, and her dear friend who loved her wholly and truly.
Keep her family in your thoughts and prayers over the next few days. Remember always the love and light she brought to those people she loved and who loved her, especially Michael.
Funeral services will be held Friday, 2:00 pm May 3rd, 2013 at Macedonia Church of Christ in Abingdon, VA. Burial will be Forest Hills Memory Gardens.
When able, Michael will make one final post here to share his thoughts and feelings. He will also be asking for something from you all. Be thinking about what you best remember of Vikki.