My brother in law had been in poor health for years, and had recently gone downhill. My sis did everything to care for him and make him comfortable. Hospice was coming a few times a week and she had a hospital bed brought in to their home so she could care for him there.
Although she was in good health, it was a lot to handle, but she certainly would not have had it any other way. My sister Sharon had flown to AZ from FL to help out for a couple of weeks. We were all glad Sharon was there to help out and also to give Donna moral support, as they were very close.
For Sharon I know being there when Donna unexpectedly passed, was SO hard. We all wished we could instantly snap our fingers and be there with her. Family got there quickly. It was a shock to all of us, but for her, it had to be the worst. I know Donna's last thoughts would have been... that she was thankful Sharon was there, and that Ron would be taken care of .
Their love and commitment to each other was never ending and an amazing this to see. They had just had their 60th wedding anniversary. They were planning a celebration before Ron's health took a turn for the worse.
They were a team. When Donna knew Ron's time was coming, she said "what will I do without my best friend?" , "We've been together since we were kids."
In a million years we never imagined that she would leave first.
We got the call two days later that Ron had now passed.
Some of you who have been coming here to my blog for a long time, know I come from a large family. I am the youngest of 7. Donna was the first born. She was a bundle of energy! She did for everyone! Ron, was a man of character, who spent time in the service and was a hard working man all his life
Because of the age span in us siblings, Ron was actually a part of this family longer than I have been! Ron and Donna were married before I was Born. They had two children. I have a nephew 3 years older than me and and niece two months younger than me. It might sound odd to some, but to us it was totally normal.
I could go on and on about them and the amazing people they were but my emotions are getting the best of me, just writing what I have. January has been a hard month for us. On top of this loss, we lost a dear cousin, so we just returned home on Friday.
This is a photo of my family taken a few years ago. My dad and my brother Gary had already passed when this was taken.
Back row: Me, Dan, Ray, Jan
Front row: Sharon, Mom , Donna
I take comfort in knowing that there was a grand reunion in heaven when they arrived.
We now just need some time for our hearts to heal.