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Stephen B. Mingo
April 15, 1956 - January 5, 2009
I'm Free ........
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free; I'm following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard him call; I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks undone must stay that way. I found that peace at close of day. If my parting has left a void then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, ah, yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow; I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life's been full, I've savored much, good friends, good times, a loved one's touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and share with me - God wanted me now:
He set me free.
Steve Mingo is a very special person. He is probably the most easy going person I've ever known. He and Jackie (my mom) have been iving their lives together for 28 years. He is a loving son, step father to 5 grown children, grandfather to 14 children and great grandpa to 2 children. No wonder he looks like Santa! He is also a brother to seven and an Uncle and friend to so many. He has been there through thick and thin for all of us, and is the love of my mom's life.
Steve became sick and was having bad back pain. He went in for an ultrasound, and they saw something they did not like, so they scheduled him for a CT scan using the dye. The results from this test were even more alarming, so they did a biopsy. It was suspected the first of June, then later confirmed - Steve is diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer. It has spread to his liver and lymph nodes. Steve has chosen to undergo chemo therapy in an all out battle to fight his cancer.