Today we lost a woman I feel privileged to have known. My hubby's Mom passed away this morning. I was the newcomer in the Vennard Family clan, but his Mom made me feel welcome from the very first day.
She was so pleased that her son had found "such a nice girl".
One of her last outings was to come to our wedding.
Her whole family was there and that's one of the things she loved the most.
Her dearest wish was to have a calm, peaceful ending to her life, with her children gathered around her. And thanks to the tenacity of her children and the wonderful services of hospice, that's exactly what she got.
Up until just a few weeks before she died, she was the same happy, fun-loving, laughing, singing, wise-cracking woman she'd always been. She squeezed a lot of fun and love into her 85 years, and she should be proud of the family she left behind. She raised them with so much love, and it shows.
We'll miss her terribly, but we're all so happy that she's found a peaceful and relaxing place.
I loved you, Ma, and it's a privilege to be part of the family you created.