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Monday, Dec. 09, 2002, 4:43 p.m.




I won't be able to write in my journal for a couple of days due to a death in the family. My mother-in-law died this weekend after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. She was a really amazing woman and I had a lot of admiration for her. She chose to think well of everyone and taught me plenty about being a kind person and putting good intentions into action. I have no idea where she got all her energy. Although she has not been with us for many years in the way she had prior to her illness, it is still sad to lose her in this final sense.

A few weeks ago we had all traveled up to visit her. She was bed-ridden and mostly sleeping. The disease was taking its toll. That particular day she did wake up after we arrived. Every once in awhile she would just come out with something in this little old lady voice she had developed. Hearing her talk was a nice surprise because sometimes she might not say a word. Right before we were heading out from this visit – which for me and the kids would be our last - she said something that sounding like, "I'm going to heaven." She said it with great conviction. And when I thought about it later, I was certain that this was exactly what she did say. It was straight to the point and it made perfect sense. It was just like her.

I am quite sure she was right in her statement. She was a person who had lived her life with real integrity and she will be missed.

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