Tuesday, March 13, 2012

IN MEMORIAM - Betty Turner July 29, 1932 - March 13, 2012

Mom - 72nd birthday July 2004  

With mixed feelings I have to report that my mother Betty died this morning.  She passed away in her sleep.   She had no pain.  She had been sick and getting very frail for about a month.

My feelings are mixed because my mother was taken from us by dementia several years ago.  She knew who we were but was not aware of much else.  She was unresponsive.  I know in my heart that she would not have wanted to continue to live in this way.

Christmas 2008
 Mom was born in London England on July 29, 1932.  She lived most of the war in a bomb shelter.  She arrived in Canada after the war.   She married my father, Bill in 1950.  I was born in Vancouver in 1951 and my brother Steve was born in Prince Rupert in 1953.  She is survived by my father, my brother and I, nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

This was the last picture we have of her being wheeled to the car by Graeme, Doug and Jason.  A sign of what was to come only three months later.

Graeme, Doug pushing Mom and Jason
We will not be returning for a service as she has requested none.

                         I WILL MISS YOU MOM


Paul and Marsha Weaver...OCT. 17, 2009 said...

Our sincere sympathy to you Toni and Doug. You and the family our in our prayers for comfort.

Linda Sand said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Dave's Mom had Alzheimer's for many years before she passed so we know about the mixed feelings.

Jim and Sandie said...

Toni, I send you love and hugs at this time. It's hard to lose our parents and yet we want to rejoice that they are finally free from the horrible life they have here. My Mom too, had dementia for a couple of years before she died.

Sue and Doug said...

so sorry for the loss of your Mom, Toni..no matter how old we are or how old they are it is still not an easy time..take care..hugs to you both..
cherish the good memories..may your Mom rest in peace.

Traveling Along said...

Sorry for your loss. Dementia is a terrible thing robbing us from loved ones long before the body gives out. Lots of hugs.

Wanderin' said...

We're so sorry for your loss. You are right your mother would have wanted to be remembered as she once was and not as she was currently living. Funerals and memorial services aren't as popular as they once were. It's the memories inside that will always remain.


Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

Sorry for your loss I went thru the same with my mom July 2011 I feel your pain.

Judy and Emma said...

My deepest condolences to you. It is a hard thing to lose one's mother.

Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

So very sorry for your loss...one of the reasons we are living this lifestyle is my mom's passing back in 2003, she died with many of her dreams and I promised her that would not happen to me...

Please know that my heart goes out to you, even with her disease, it is still hard to imagine life without your mom...no matter what your age.

Tina said...

Toni, Sorry to hear of the lose of your mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jeff and Tina

Jerry and Janice Hyder said...

So sorry for the loss of your Mom. I know she will be missed by you and your family. Your in our thoughts.