Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Goodbye, to My Sweet Little Mama...

Surrounding myself with the peaceful beauty of my childhood home on Douglas (Island) Alaska, as I mourn the passing of my 88 year old mother who died Sunday morning of end stage Alzheimer's Disease.

I miss her deeply but am comforted by the l knowledge that she is finally at peace, and free of the challenges of such an unbelievably, awful disease.

And I am deeply grateful that I was able to make the arrangements to fly up here on the very same day, and be able to kiss her goodbye on the next.

Bless you, thank you, and love you, so very much, my sweet little mama.

What If.......
My Mother Had Never Gotten Alzheimer's?????

My mother, Nell Grace Pelletier/Peltier Savikko
born 9-1-25 in St. Martinville, Louisiana to French Immigrants who first settled in Canada, then migrated to Louisiana...." Acadians..or Cajuns"
died  9-8-13 died in Douglas, Alaska in  our childhood home, surrounded by family after 8 going on 9 years of Alzheimer's and many years of dedicated love and care giving among all of us.

The road past Savikko Park to the right and the Douglas Boat Harbor to the left. I walked down in the early morning light at 5:30 a..m. on Monday, the 9th,  to feel the peace and the beauty of a life well lived and well loved.

A life where my pioneer Alaskan father and my Cajun French mother, hiked, boated picnicked and worked very, very hard as they raised 5 children in a land of great beauty but many challenges, as well.

A challenging but magical life in an incredibly beautiful land. We grew up surrounded by cousins, aunts,and uncles. With family dinners and family visits to one another's homes almost every Saturday night.

A rich life in do many ways. I treasured the people. the mountains,the beaches all around my Douglas Island home.

But most of all I treasured my family and my rich heritage and pioneer spirit. Gifts I value and carry in my heart forever.

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Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting, with small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort quilts for a variety of charitable programs. And best of all, sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in her Liberated Quilting Challenge and make and donate small art quilts to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!