Tuesday, April 07, 2009

My mother

My 87 year old mother died Friday evening. The last few years of her life she was increasingly afflicted by dementia and so it was a long good-bye for my father, brothers, sisters-in-law, daughter, nieces, nephew, wife and me.

Here is a link to the obituary my brother wrote in the QCTimes on-line edition. The obituary also appeared in the Moline Dispatch (but I could not find it in the on-line edition of that paper) and the Chester (Illinois) Herald.

Here is a picture of her taken before her marriage and long before I was born so I have no actual memories of her looking that young and glamorous. But I would like to think of her as beautiful and care-free as she appears in this picture, forever young, and so I shall. I invite you to do so, also.


The Inside Dope said...

My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. She will be with you always.

Tacky said...

To you and all the family,our deepest sympathies. Glad we were able to meet with her for hwer birthday. Peace

Kathy Mehuys said...

My sincere sympathies to you and the rest of your family.
I'm the daughter of Cal and Lorraine Decker now living in Springfield, IL. You may remember many years ago when your family stayed with us during one of the big Mississippi floods.

Dave Barrett said...

Thank you. I certainly do remember staying at your house during the 1965 flood.

Dave Barrett said...

TID and Tacky,
Thank you for those sentiments. My family and I have been pleasantly surprised how many people have reached out to us this week.