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Taken In Quartzsite Arizona Dec 7th 2015

Friday, January 06, 2017

Remembering my Mother (Ma) Vera Jean Yates, Rest in Peace.

Where are we today
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Ma this posting is for you

       A sad day for us here in the California Desert and all of our family. We got a phone call from my sister Louise early this morning that you had passed away in your sleep. You are now at rest and I think it is a blessing. You have been in an extended care facility for almost a year and this was one place that you never wanted to go to.  Now you can reunited with your son Don, my oldest younger brother and your Brother Leonard. Now in your 90th year you have lived a pretty full long life, much longer than any of the other family members. Too bad the Alzheimer's had to grab hold of you and take you down.
       We have so many good memories of all the years in the past, and the not so good ones have gone by the wayside. Great times together your moving to Waterloo and closer to us for close to 25 years. all the things I was able to help you with around the house, and computer stuff, the visits to my restaurant and our house, visits with the Grandchildren and with your great grandchildren, the hockey games, soccer games, camping trips and so on. The help and support you gave me over the years with my troubled times. You will be missed but the good time will be in my memory forever.
       You have always been a very independent, strong willed  woman and did a great job raising my 2  much younger brothers Don and Chris on your own.
       Just a few pictures of  you and us together helps and so many hundreds more that I have.
always a favourite of mine
taken almost 40 years ago
ma in her early years
Waterloo in your backyard
Thanksgiving in Aurora
with all of us
your 89th Birthday in Lindsay
last June
the smiles
you and all of us a few years ago
Thanksgiving at the farm
mother's day flowers
visit from Noah and Lincoln
a few years ago
nice that they lived so close
your feeding Lincoln a few years ago
another visit at your retirement home
in Kitchener couple years ago
visit with you Easter 2016
The last time I saw you in Person
Oct 10th 2016

       We were lucky that Chris and Lou were there with you at Christmas and we did get to see you and wish you Merry Christmas on a FaceTime video.
       You well know that Suzie and I are very happy with our lives and are enjoying a lifestyle wandering about as nomads, something that I inherited from you. An you wished you could do.
        Hoping you are now in a better place glad that you are no longer suffering.
        Love ya Ma, and hope you have a computer up there to continue to follow our travels.

        Until we meet again.

         We have booked a flight home from Phoenix arriving Sunday evening. For your service and celebration of your life on Wednesday.

Where have we been this Winter

63 comments:

  1. So very sorry for your loss. A beautiful tribute from a loving son.

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    1. Thank you, she inspired much of my life, so sad to see her pass this way.

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  2. It's so hard to lose a mother. So sorry you are going through this. It's nice that you are both able to go home at this time. Great photos!

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  3. George, so sorry that your Mom has passed away, lovely that she went in her sleep peacefully. Hold her in your heart. Glad that you and Suzy will be there for her service.
    Hugs

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    1. Sir least she went in her sleep is what she wanted.

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  4. She looked so happy in all the photos. Travel safe.

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  5. I also am sorry about your loss. It never is easy.

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  6. Thoughts and condolences to you, George ......... The tribute and photos of your Mother are lovely ......... wonderful that you and Susie will be able to travel to your Mother's Celebration of Life.Y
    Your Mother was very beautiful!

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  7. George, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a beautiful woman, and I know you'll miss her. I'm glad you and Suzie are able to travel back for her service, and to celebrate her life. May she rest in peace.

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    1. We will miss here Barbara, we will do a quick trip home.

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  8. Our deepest Condolences on the loss of your mother. As you said she is no longer suffering with that dreaded disease.
    Be Safe on your trip.

    It's about time.

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  9. So very sorry for your loss, losing a parent is never easy. Your Mom was such a beautiful being, she will always live in your heart. This post was truly a heartfelt tribute to your mother.

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    1. It is not easy loosing a parent as you well know, Thanks Contessa.

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  10. You know, if Joe was alive and we would have been in the desert near you, we would have taken you to the airport and watched over your MH like you did for us when Joe's Uncle died. You and Suzie were such a help and comfort to me while he was gone. Prayers for you and the family while you walk through this time of sadness.
    ~Betty

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    1. Thank Betty we will have the Motorhome watched while we are gone too, I know you would have gladly done it.

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  11. Condolences for your loss, George. Your remarks were touching and beautiful for an obviously beautiful person. Blessings and peace.

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    1. Thank you so much Mike for your blessings.

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  12. I just read this George and am sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. These things are never easy and our thoughts are with you and Suzie. Nice tribute to your Mother..........

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    1. Thanks Al she was so much a part of my life for so many years.

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  13. You can take solace in the fact that she had a good long life. I'm sure we all wish to make it to 90, and most never do. Nice tribute.

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    1. She did have a long life for sure, Thanks Kevin.

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  14. That was an amazing tribute to your Mom. We would all wish are sons would feel this way when we take leave of them. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you have safe travels and are comforted in your loss with the presence of your family.

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  15. It is difficult to lose a parent no matter what the circumstance. My sympathies to you and your family at this time.

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    1. Thank you Scott it is difficult for sure.

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  16. So sorry for your loss but great that you had her for so long. I like the way you wrote this to her.

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    1. She was a special lady and we did have her for many years.

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  17. I feel like I know your ma a little from your posts. A very beautiful lady. Prayers to the entire family for comfort, peace and a safe flight for you both.

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    1. Thanks she has been in many of our posts over the years, appreciate the prayers.

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  18. A beautiful tribute to your mother straight from the heart. . You and yours will be in our thoughts and prayers. Safe travels

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  19. Such a beautiful tribute George. Glad you've had those good memories. Enjoy a few days of winter when you get back up here!

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    1. This FG lotsa good memories bit sure how much we will enjoy the cold winter weather, but it has to be done.

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  20. Our condolences to you and your family. What a beautiful tribute to your mom's life. Safe travel home and we will see you when you get back.

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  21. George,

    That was a well told, heartfelt story about your mom; straight from the heart.

    We do hope that Ma, as you called her, will continue to follow your travels from beyond.

    You carry a wealth of memories, as you plan your trip back home and going forward in life.

    Sincere sympathies.

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    1. Thank Renea so many memories I could write a books about them, but they are only my memories.
      Yes we do need to moe forward.

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  22. Absolutely wonderful tribute, George. Thank you for allowing us to share it with you. We are so sorry for your loss but at least she is now at peace and can follow your travels from above. Be safe guys.

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    1. Thanks Patsy, she has always been right here with us. And always will be.

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  23. So very sorry for your loss, George. Loved seeing the photos of your mom and your family. No matter how prepared you think you are, it is still always difficult to adjust to no longer having your mom in your world. I wish you well in this, and wishing safe travels for you as you return home.

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    1. Thanks Sue it is never easy, we will do what needs to be done and carry on.

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  24. Dear George,

    Our sincere condolences. Have a safe flight on Sunday. If I make it to 90 years old I'll be a happy camper. Hang on to those fond memories...

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    1. Thanks Peter we will keep those memories for sure.

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  25. So sorry for your loss, George. Beautiful pictures of her and your family and a wonderful tribute to her. I wish you both a safe journey back home.

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  26. I'm so very sorry for the loss of your mother - may she rest in peace...

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    1. Thank you Cheryl she is a much better place now.

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  27. So sorry for your loss, George and Suzie. I had no idea because we missed the Happy Hour yesterday. Then we saw you pull out early this morning and wondered why as I knew you were planning on going to the Ranch tonight. Checked the blog and found out why. Hugs to you both and travel safe.

    Mike and Dee

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    1. Thanks Dee we had hoped to do the Ranch but life got in the way. Hope to see you again own down the road.

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  28. Sending you and the family our deepest condolences!! What a beautiful tribute you wrote to your mother. She was a beautiful lady....beautiful smile. Prayers for you and your family.

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  29. This may truly be one of the hardest roads you may ever travel on, remember the desert you also love so deeply will be quietly awaiting your return to help in healing your heartache. God Bless you and Suzie, as well as your family in the journey ahead. Pam in Louisiana (long time 'quiet' reader of your blog)

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    1. Thanks Pam for you thoughts and comments, we will get through it, And return to our desert home,

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  30. Just catching up with your blog. Our condolences to your loss. Some times it is a blessing to be allowed to go. Only 4 years ago I had to do the same for my mom, flying home from San Diego.

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