|Sunset on Lake Topaz|
She suffered a massive heart attack in a Lake Topaz hotel room. She had been complaining of not feeling well, but she had just attributed it to the excessive heat they had been experiencing there. At 66 years old, she had a history of heart problems, but they were managed with medication, of course. Receiving the phone call from my Dad was devastating and so unexpected for me.
She passed away on the seventh day of Succot, the day of completion.
I loved my Mother so much and will miss her terribly the rest of my life. She was a huge part of who I am, who I was and who I will be in the future. She was a believer, so I look forward to the day that I will be able to tell her face-to-face, once again, that I love her more than my own life.
I want to thank everyone who has sent condolences, via Facebook, to me. Your thoughts, good wishes, sympathy and loving prayers are appreciated more than anyone could possibly know. You, my letterboxing family, have more than proven how much you care. I THANK YOU! and appreciate you so, so much.
As an aside, my dear Mother had gone letterboxing with us a couple of times...she was the 'navigator', as she would sit in the passenger seat of the vehicle and read and ponder the clue, telling me where to drive and how to snag the box. She was so smart that she would figure it out before anyone else, then my Dad and I would race for the 'box. She especially enjoyed looking at the hand-carved stamped images I would share with her in my logbook.
Oh G-d, how I'm gonna miss her.
|My Mom & Dad at my Hawaiian wedding in '92|