Thursday, November 15, 2012

September 20, 1931 to November 13, 2012

I don't think it matters if you know the end is coming, or even if the end is necessary and releases suffering - I think it's still the hardest thing in life.
And it doesn't hurt any less if you know it's coming. 
I thought it would.
I was wrong.

Dad with two of his granddaughters from Maryland

Dad with my brother and my oldest niece

Dad, my brother and my brothers youngest daughter

Dad with mom shortly after their move to the Veterans Home in King, WI

Dad with all three of his lovely Maryland granddaughters

Dad with my two middle daughters
Dad with 3 of my girls

Dad and me
Always smiling when I was with him
He loved cribbage. This is one of our last games together

The last picture of the two of us.
He is trying to make me have some of his coffee smoothie.
The rings on my middle finger are his and moms wedding rings.
His is so big I have to wear hers in front of it.  It is even too big for my thumb.
The last time he was alert, he grabbed my hand and asked if I was wearing his ring.
He went peacefully, with me, my daughter Becky and my mom there with him.
Rest well dad, you earned it all.


*karendianne. said...

Oh Mare. I write this with tears in my eyes. What a beautiful memorial. Warmly hugging you from afar, * karendianne.

Sunnybec said...

I am so sorry, we all know it is inevitable but it still hurts like crazy. You have some lovely photos and wonderful memories. Hugs Linda x

Pat said...

so sorry for your loss. May loving and happy memories comfort at this time. hugs,Pat

Jeanne said...

So sorry for your loss! Sending hugs!

Susan Freebery said...

Oh, Mare.... I'm so sorry... you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs.

JessicaMarie said...

I love you momma. I'm sorry I wasn't there with you guys.

Quilter Kathy said...

So sorry to hear about you Dad. You look a lot alike!
Don't you just treasure those photos of the two of you together? Hope you have lots of happy memories to sustain you through your grief.