Monday, 1 September 2014

A sad farewell.....

Those of you that have been following A House in the Country for a while will know that my beautiful Mum had Alzheimer's disease.
Last week we had to say our final goodbye to her.
Before the disease took hold she was a strong, loving woman....


she loved my Dad for nearly 70 years and next week would have seen them celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary...




she loved my brothers and I fiercely.....


she loved her 11 grandchildren as only a devoted grandmother can.....

and she loved her 17 great grandchildren with every fibre of her soul

and I love her as only a daughter can...


I will miss her every day of my life but I am so glad that she's finally out of the hell that is Alzheimer's.


Rita McMurray Eaton
10/12/1928 - 22/08/2014











Our eldest daughter, two of our grandchildren and my niece are walking in the Memory Walk on Sunday September 14th as 'Rita's Crew', to help raise funds to fight this insidious disease. The link is below if you feel you could donate a couple of dollars to support them....thanks XXXX

30 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

I love the wedding photo......the look on their faces........OMG you are so like your Mum......I've had grandparents suffer with this and it is terrible.......so glad she is free as a bird again......remember the good times......sending extra hugs and love.......

kiwikid said...

Beautiful photos Liz, your Mum can be herself again now....you have fantastic photos to support your memories.
Hugs

shez said...

oh Liz,i cant find the words,my heart breaks for you and your families,may she rest in peace now and the good times be the memories that live on in your heart forever.xx

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

My Heartfelt Sympathy.
Your tribute is beautfiul and the photos are lovely. I am charmed by the wedding photo!
kim

Leanne said...

Sending big hugs

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
Mary Elizabeth Frye

You look so much like your mum.
Xxxxxxxx

KERYN B said...

What beautiful photos and dedication to your mum. Wishing you strength to get through the difficult days ahead. Hugs...

Tina Short said...

I'm so sorry for your loss - I know how you are feeling. My Mum died in October last year having suffered from Lewy Body Dementia for several years and in reality we lost the essence of Mum a long time before her body gave up. Your Mum had a large and obviously loving family and you will comfort each other. Remember the good times and take care of each other.

Annie said...

Thinking of you Lizzie - I still think of my Dad nearly 5 years later - he will welcome your mum in heaven where she will be free of the A.

Sue said...

A lovely post Lizzie, sending you all big hugs. I still think of things to say to my Mum every day. I'm sure your Mum is listening to you, just like mine listens to me.

Diane-crewe said...

no more suffering .. for her or the rest of the family x she can be at peace and you can find happy memories of her to share with your family x

Me and My Stitches said...

So sorry for your loss. Alzheimer's is a horrible thing - my Grandma had it. I love all of the pictures that you shared - your mom was beautiful.

Margaret said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mother. I can tell she was a special woman. I know you must be sad that she is gone and yet also relieved that she is no longer suffering. All my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family for your loss.

paulette said...

I was so sorry Liz, to read about your mom! Such a beautiful tribute to her and to your family! My thoughts are with you and your's.
Paulette

taylorsoutback said...

When your post appeared with its title, I just knew...
You have a lifetime of sweer memories to comfort you and I pray that these will ease the difficult journey you have just come through.
The photos are wonderful - your Mother was a beautiful bride.

Bobbie Ashley said...

Hugs to you and your family. May you all be lifted up in grace and prayer. She is free, focus on all of the wonderful memories you have.
Tears and blessings from Texas.

Bobbie

pandchintz said...

Oh Lizzie, what a wonderful life your Mum had, with your Dad and such a great family. Love and hugs to you. X

beebee said...

My prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time
hugs,
beebee

Paula Hensley Murphy said...

So sorry for your loss. I have a friend who has Alzheimers. She doesn't know she has it. times when she gets aggrivated that she can't remember something, but just as quickly she forgets the frustration. Even tho she is still alive and breathing, she has already left us. Your Mum sounds like she was a great Mum, enjoy the good memories! time heals

Kim said...

This disease has families saying the longest of goodbyes to their loved ones. I'm sorry you've lost your mother to Alzheimer's. It's good, for her sake, to be released from this, but far too sad and heartbreaking for you and your family. I lost my beautiful grandmother to this disease. It was a process that is not what any family wants to witness. Your mom was so very fortunate to have raised a daughter so dear and loving as you are. You've been a blessing to your family and strong in the face of your mothers illness. She is proud of you, dear Lizzie.

Lisa said...

I am sorry to hear of your loss. We started down this road with my father 17 months ago … it has been tough for us and sadly for him as well … thank you for sharing the beauty that is your mom with us.

Nancy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. It almost seems like losing your mom again after having lost her to Alzheimer's and now, again. I hope wonderful memories and the love and support of friends will see you through these early days after her passing. It must bring comfort to know that she can be herself again instead of being lost in the disease.

(I saw a link to your post on Esther's Blog and wondered if this would be a family history blog....)

Blessings to you and your family.

Nancy in MT said...

You look so much like your Mother in that early photo, beautiful woman. My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your Mother.

wendywoo63 said...

So sorry for your loss,lost my mum in a similar way.Followed your blog for a long time,love what you say and your beautiful photos. God Bless you and your family Wendy

Jen said...

Sorry to hear this, I have followed your time with your dear Mum.Lovely photos and memories you have. Beautiful words Lizzie.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a beautiful family and what a beautiful tribute to your Mom...My thoughts are with you all at this sad time. (hugs)

soggybottomflats said...

What a wonderful daughter you are. You have left a lovely tribute to your mother. May she rest in peace, and hugs to you dear Lizzie, hugs to you.

Joy said...

A beautiful tribute.

Kim said...

Hi, Liz. How are you doing?

El Desván de la Gata Perezosa said...

un abrazo, lo siento.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Your post is a lovely little tribute to your Mom. It is a terrible disease and I know about it because my older daughter works in a home for women with Alzheimers. She is very dedicated and extremely patient=her motto is 'this could be my nanny in this bed' so I know she gives her best to the ladies.
Hopefully your wonderful memories will carry you through...

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