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JUNE 2011 – New Chapter of My Life

For 5 ½ years, I’ve had the privilege of caring for my mother in her home in Coos Bay, Oregon.  I so appreciate that she allowed me to do so.  Together we reached our goal of keeping her in her home until she passed away at the age of 101 and 7 months.  Hospice was a tremendous help and gave us support for a year and 5 months.  At 100, she had met her goal, but continued to have relatively good health up until the last few months of her life even though she had been diagnosed with metastatic cancer of unknown origin when Hospice came on board.

I want to share with you what my granddaughter Bailey wrote on Facebook about her Great Grandmother:
“My 101 year old Great Grandmother is no longer with us.  She is one of the strongest women I have ever had the privilege of knowing.  She has taught me so much through her life about standing up for what you believe in, who you believe in, and why you believe.  I have her mind in many ways which is a blessing and a curse.  I mean to say, she had enough “head strong mentality” to filter through four generations and look how much is still left in me 😉 so you can only imagine what she was like!  I feel so blessed to have such an incredible woman in my life to learn from.  Thank you for being a fighter at heart and in shaping me mentally.  I AM because of you, Grandma Busby.  Thank you for your love, your life, and your lessons; I love you so much. “May you Rest in Peace.”

I never realized Bailey felt that way about her Great Grandmother.  It warmed my heart to see that she had posted a picture on her Facebook of our four generations accompanied by her statement regarding how she felt about her Great Grandmother.  Here is a picture of the four generations:

5 thoughts on “JUNE 2011 – New Chapter of My Life

  1. Margaret,

    I am so touched by Bailey’s tribute to your mother. And the photo of all of you just makes it all so real in my mind and heart. Your mother was lucky to have you with her all that time, and you are so lucky to have such a compassionate granddaughter.
    This all just makes me smile. Thanks for sharing.


  2. What a touching statement by Bailey and what a lovely photo of the four of you. Thanks for sharing both.

  3. Dear Margaret,


    You have always championed your mother. Indeed, you were very privileged to have such a good woman in your life. She was privileged to have such a loving, caring daughter in hers. Such love and appreciation is not a common thing in too many families.

    What a tribute to your mother from your daughter. Thank you Bailey for showing a picture of four special ladies. The smiles in this picture show deep, caring love.

    Bless your mother Margaret, may she rest in peace, and bless you and your lovely family. Carol

  4. I am just reading about the passing of your mother and that you are doing Stamps Galore. I am sorry for her passing but how wonderful that you were able to care for her.
    Also, I found how to order so you can ignore my former email. Thank you, Margaret, for introducing rubber stamps to me so long ago and you pulled my name for a winning prize. I still use those stamps and those stamps were some of the first for me.

    Looking forward to one of my most favorites: the cupped hands.
    Sherrill Grimes

    1. It is so nice to hear from you Sherrill. What a coincidence that you communicated with me on my Mother’s birthday. If you have any problems ordering at my site, please let me know and we can handle the order via email. The hand rubber stamp is one that she drew. It was wonderful to have been able to spend the last 5 1/2 years of her life caring for her. Thanks for reminding me about the prize, good memories!

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