October 25, 2012
This is Heather, PDXFirefly’s daughter again. I am sorry to say, that my mom, and your dear friend has left on her last flight in this world. Her flight departed on Sunday evening, just before 7pm. She had her seatbelt buckled, her tray was stowed and her seat was, well in this case, very much reclined. She was calm and peaceful and serene. I am sure she had a fantastic view of the clouds on her last flight. She was surrounded by my brother, me, her little dog, Mercedes, and a fantastic woman, Kori, who was taking care of us all.
Her last days were filled with family and friends. One of my favorite memories, from Friday afternoon, was sitting around her bed, with two of her friends as she got a pedicle – teal of course. We chatted and laughed, and it felt like any normal friday. Except it wasn’t. It was mom’s last friday. Saturday, my brother brough his family over and mom spent special time with everyone. It was her last visit with them. Her brother, Gary, spent much of last week here with us all too. Sad circumstances for everyone to be together, but there was lots of love.
Although not much acknowledged on the blog, my brother, Chad, has been phenomenal in taking care of mom through her battle. I would like to mention her P.E.O. sisters, who have given much much support. I want to thank Dee, her editor and dear friend, for everything. For especially jumping on an airplane with no notice to be with us in mom’s last days. Finally, I want to thank all you, dear readers. For your prayers, for your comments, for your support and for being mom’s friend. I convinced mom to start this blog many years ago and I’m glad she’s been able to connect with you through this medium.
I would like to share stories about mom. So if you have any you’d like to write, on your own blog, or email them to me (heathervescent at gmail dot com) along with any photos, I will try to post them. Through this process, I have gotten to know my mom as you know her. Not just as being her daughter. She was a pretty fantastic mom, and over and over I hear about what a fantastic friend she was as well.
Mom fought a huge battle. She asked for a miracle, and I believe she was given one. That’s why I think she was with us for as long as she was. We all wish she was with us now. And in some ways, I like to think she is. I don’t know about you, but I have a version of mom in my head. It’s not the full mom, just the person I know. I can always talk to that person in my head. It won’t be the same as calling her up on the phone, like I did a couple weeks ago. But it’s better than nothing. I will miss her a lot.
xo for now,