Monday, May 12, 2008

Passing


Ryan's mother, Patricia, passed away yesterday. She suffered from MS for many many years and recently came down with pneumonia. Friday night we found out it that she was not doing very well and that all of Ryan's siblings were flying in to see her. Ryan was able to leave early Saturday morning with Cash to get to Utah to see her. Thanks to my sister flying to Chicago to come get me and probably some serious miracles to make everything work out, I arrived with the twins that evening and Pat was able to meet her twin grandchildren shortly before they removed her oxygen. Apparently she had had a picture of them next to her bedside there in the hospital, and it was very special to us to have her be able to meet them before she passed on.
It was a hard thing to watch, but all 9 of her children were surrounding her and all felt very peaceful about her passing. It's sort of bittersweet that Ryan's mother passed away on Mother's day, and I found out my father had passed away on Father's day. When we all said our goodbyes to Pat though I felt strangely that this would be the closest I would ever be to the other side and I really did feel like I could pass on a message, so I asked her to say hello to my dad if she sees him.
Her funeral will be tomorrow. She will be missed, but we are happy for her.

12 comments:

Jenilee said...

We are sad to hear of your loss. Our hearts go out to you. That is so neat that you were all able to be there with her and with the family.

Spar-Mar Girl said...

What a sweet, touching story! Isn't it amazing how strongly you can feel the spirit at times like that?

We are so sorry for your loss. Please tell us if you need ANYTHING at all.

Dallan said...

Jen - we haven't had the chance to meet, but I grew up with Ryan's family in Fruitland. My parents would like to attend the funeral, if possible, and asked me to see if I could track down when and where it will take place. If you get a chance, would you mind posting the info? Thanks.

Corinne said...

Oh Jen. I'm so sorry. I am so glad she got to meet those amazing boys before she had to go. I'll be thinking of you.

Whitey and Amy said...

So sorry about the loss. What an amazing experience death can be. Hope all is well with you guys, we are thinking of you.

Winnie said...

We are sorry for your loss. We really enjoyed the amazing story. Hope all with well for you both.

steveandjonelle said...

I am sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, they were really touching.

katiebug said...

I'm sorry about this loss. What a blessing to have the boys be able to meet her. Hugs to you and your family!!! Katie

lindsy said...

Hey Jen,
I'm glad you guys all got out there safely. That's neat that Ryan's mom got to see your twins. You guys have an amazing family!

Lofgrens said...

How neat that she got to meet the twins before she passed on. Thanks for sharing this touching story. I hope you are all doing alright. please let us know if we can help out in any way!

chadlee said...

Oh, that made me cry! I'm so sorry to hear you lost your mom. But that's so nice you were able to travel and be there with her and say good-bye. We love you guys and hope you're doing ok.

Clinton said...

So sorry to hear about your mom. Clint's dad has MS too. We'll be moving in 13 months to help. We just can't believe how amazing you guys are!! The twins are gorgeous!!
Keep going and someday residency will be over :)
We love and miss you.
xoxo
Meg and family