Saturday, January 08, 2011

Mama passed away yesterday afternoon.

She got exactly what she wanted, to lie down on her bed, fall asleep and never wake up. I found her when I came home from work, after having talked with her at 2 p.m. I often talked to her on the ride home on the bus, so I called her phone several times yesterday. When I didn't get her, I truly had a feeling that this was it, that she wasn't just in her recliner watching the Trail Blazers play Minnesota, her cellphone still in the bedroom. I told myself to plan exactly how I would react as I came through the door which has really helped me to hold myself together through the rest of last night and so far today. I've been crying, of course, but also I've been rejoicing that she is now with Daddy, my husband LeRoy, her parents, all the rest of her loved ones, and our little dachshund Duncan.

The photo I have here is my favorite that I managed to take of her after we had moved to Portland. For me it shows Mama at her best, looking up in curiosity about what's next. She lived her life as all of us should endeavor to, as a decent human being who loved her family and friends with a mighty love.

Thanks to each and every one of you for taking her into your lives.


Rosa said...

Lynette, thank you so very much for sharing your momma with me. She was a very wonderful sprit and will be truly missed. I loved her so dearly and will think of her every day. I know that she has lived a wonderful life which is why I am smiling today. I am so very grateful to have been able to spend some time with her this last weekend. I will truly miss her!


Anonymous said...


I am so very sorry for your loss. I know that you and your momma had a very special, wonderfully close relationship. She passed in the best way possible, in her own home, in a familiar place. From what you've told us in your blog, it sounds like she had a long, good life and you were blessed to have her with you as long as you did. Please take special care of yourself in the coming days. My sincere sympathy to you and your sons and the rest of your family. You will all be in my thoughts.

Lynette in San Diego

sonia a. mascaro said...

Oh Lynette,
I am so sorry for your loss.
My sincere thoughts of sympathy to you and to your family.
So beautiful the photo of your Mom!

I am also sorry to hear that Duncan passed away.

Wendy from work said...

I'm thinking about you and take comfort in what you wrote in your blog about your mom.

Much love, Wendy