Today was not a happy news day around here. Today a dear friend died. I haven't seen her in a couple of years but we have maintained faithful correspondence during that time. Her husband passed away only a very few years ago and the best thing I can say about her death is that she will be with him again, him and Jesus.
It was only 3 weeks ago that she received a cancer diagnosis and immediate surgery was ordered. Unfortunately the cancer was far more widespread than what showed up in the pre-op tests and the surgery accomplished nothing except the beginning of a descent into feeding tubes, immobility, bladder infection, pneumonia and a heart attack overnight last night that signalled the beginning of a rather quick end to her earthly life, but fortunately to her earthly suffering as well.
Her family has been with her throughout this time. She has a wonderful family of boys and their wives, grandchildren that have brought her every grandmotherly joy over the past decade. I can't imagine how badly those boys of hers are going to miss her.
When we lived in the same town, we were part of a very close, small group of married couples. She and husband are the first losses from our group. It is very difficult to imagine the group without either of them being present.
Trudie, it was a privilege and a great honour to have known you and your husband. I look forward to the day when we will meet again, free from the boundaries of earthly life.