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.