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Mom is currently in a hospice house in Des Moines Iowa named the Kavanagh House. About a week ago mom was taken to the emergency room with a bad infection. She told her doctor and her loved ones that this was it - it was time for her to go home to be with the love of her life, Max Waldon and her son Bill. She asked that she not be treated for her infection and that they take her off of all medication other than the medication needed to ease her pain.
As of right now she is sleeping calmly as her loved ones come and go and say their goodbyes. Yesterday she told a story - I don't think to me but that's ok. She talked about her husband Max and his sister and how they moved out West and they liked it. And then they moved back to the Midwest and they liked it too. And then she smiled. We haven't seen much from her since.
The people here are amazing. The entire staff are incredibly attentive, caring and compassionate - both to mom and to us. And the facilities are amazing as well. A few days ago we looked out the window and a baby deer was snacking on the bushes outside her window. There is a birds nest right outside her window. And near the entrance here was a nest of baby swallows until a few days ago when the flew off a few days ago to start their new world. Life is everywhere here. As hard as it is to say goodbye Mom's friends and family know where she is headed and this transition is as beautiful as it could be - just the way she wanted. Just the way we wanted.
Today our family took a break and celebrated Moms youngest great-grandkid's one year old birthday. Life is everywhere here. Mom is 76. She lived a great life. She spent her career helping people as a nurse. She spent some time as a missionary and she always spread the word of God - sometimes even when you didn't want to hear it. I have much more to share and I will but we would like to hear from you. Please tell us how mom affected your life. Please tell us the funny stories and the not so funny ones.
We are being told Mom could go at any time. When she does she has asked pastor Chuck, a lifelong friend and pastor of Moms to conduct the service at Grace Church in Des Moines. We will let you know here when the service will be.
If you are thinking of sending flowers, thank you. We would ask instead that you donate either to the Kavanagh House, Grace Church or New Tribes Missions. We will provide links to assist you with this shortly.