You need to know she continued the fight until the end. She told everyone she would. She fought for another day to spend with her family, not because she feared the future, she new her future was bright. She got a glimpse and we saw it as she passed as she looked up toward heaven. But that did not stop the mortality from trying to hang on to itself and cling to what is known over the future. She fought the good fight. She finished the race.
I have to tell you that i have not been able to see God in this situation. This cruel joke played on this family 10 times. Except it is no joke. Until last night. Lauren was not supposed to be here tonight. She was. Marilyn's closest friends were not supposed to be her tonight. They were. We were blessed with an angel from Hospice who loved my wife til the end. Marilyn passed surrounded by her kids and husband, her best friends and an angel from hospice. God was here in that.
When i got home this am from making some arrangements, i opened my door to find 80 shoes littering my entryway. In the living room and kitchen were the 40 or so owners of the shoes who had surrounded my son to comfort him as he grieved the loss of his mom. Marilyn would have loved that. Just as her army has surrounded us through this, another regiment was taking care of Brian.
I want to thank you for letting me share this journey with you. Another movie, the Green Mile, helps to explain what this blog has meant to me. In this movie, an inmate convicted of a murder of two young girls that he did not commit, is able to see and experience all the evil in the world. He is burdened so much by what he can see it hurts. At one point he grabs one of the guards who happens to be tom hanks and shares the experience of what he can see with hanks. It is the terrible experience of seeing these two young innocent girls being taken. He grabs hanks hands and shares what he sees. After it is done, he said, It was too painful boss, i had to share it. That is what i had to do here. It was too painful i had to share it. Thanks for letting me do that. Thanks for sharing in the pain.
Marilyn will have viewing at Hawthorne Funeral Home Sat 10-4 and Sun 12-4. For directions, follow this link. http://www.hawthornefuneralhm.com/index.cfm or from I-5 take exit 227 (college Way) go eastbound one mile to 18th Street. Hawthorne Funeral Home is on the left just east of 18th St.
Marilyn's Memorial service will be held Monday October 12th at 3pm at the Mount Vernon Christ the King Community Church. Service will be closed casket with viewing at the closing of the ceremony. For directions - From I-5 take College Way and go East. Turn North onto Riverside Drive. Our Building is on the left before you get to the bridge. 2111 Riverside Drive
May Marilyn Rest in Peace.