Remembering Mother

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  1. Droopy

    Droopy Slug Slaughterer Plants Contributor

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    My mother passed away on Thursday, June 9th, at 4.30 in the morning when the world is cold and life at its lowest ebb. She was 74.

    My oldest daughter and I were there, holding her hands as she left. Our thoughts were on 1st Corinthians 15:55. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? She quoted that verse while she was still able to speak clearly.

    Mother was a wealth of knowledge on many fields, not only gardening. She was strong-willed and knew what she wanted and how she wanted it.

    In accordance with her wish her funeral will be a quiet ceremony with only the closest family and a few dear friends. She didn't want flowers but a donation to the Cancer Foundation. She said that she couldn't enjoy the flowers anyway so it was better the money went to research so others might survive the illness that took her away.

    Her strongest wish was to have Amazing Grace played on the bagpipe during the ceremony. We have managed to fulfil that wish, and I am very grateful to the bagpipe player coming up from Oslo to honour mother.

    She worked on her garden for more than 40 years. In order to preserve her life's work we will remove most of her beloved plants and give them to people she loved and cared for. The house will be sold so it's the only way even though it will be very hard for us.

    Mother will be sorely missed by me and my husband, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and others who loved her.

    Rest in peace mother.
     
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    Oh Droopy such sad news after your mum's fight with cancer. We'd all hoped that she win her battle. I'm so glad you and your daughter were there for her at the end and I'm sure it was a real comfort to her.
    When my daughter- in - law passed away recently (also from cancer) she didn't want flowers at her funeral either. We donated money to cancer research on her behalf. I hope the raised funds will help to find a cure for this dreadful disease.
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    This is such a hard time for family, and friends, and I hope you'll take strength in knowing that your mum would approve of everything you're doing for her.
    My sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this sad time.
     
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    You know my sorrow.
    Wishing you and your sweet family the strength necessary to get through this period.
    Hugs from both of us.
    RIP
     
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    Oh honey! I am so very sorry. There are no words so I won't even try.

    I'm so glad she was surrounded by those who loved her when it was her time, and I love the choice you made regarding her garden.

    My deepest condolences to you and yours.
     
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    You have my deepest sympathy. Your good and happy memories of your mother will be with you forever.
     
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    Droopy, with tears I lift up you and your family in prayer..
    Hank
     
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    Oh, Droopy. I am so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
     
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    I'm so sorry for you and your family. Saying goodbye to a loved one is so hard. My prayers and condolences to you and your family.
     
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    Thank you all for your thoughts, blessings and prayers. She went so fast, and I'm glad she did considering her situation. Two months from her first doctor's appointment until she was no longer with us. It's hard to wake up in the morning and remember that she's gone.
     
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    I am so sorry. Sending hugs and prayers to you and yours.
     
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    Droopy, I am so sad for you and thankful for you mother that she is no longer ill and in pain. That is hard to see and not be able to help. My sincere condolences to all of you.
     
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    My sympathy and prayers for you and your family.
     
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    So sorry to hear of your loss Droopy,..hoping you have fond memories of your Mother and smile again.
     
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    So sorry for your loss Droopy. Sending thoughts and prayers.
     
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