I am sorry to inform everyone that Paulette passed away at 3am this morning. She was in the company of her loving daughter Allison and 2 life long friends. Ally would like to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers.
As soon as I find out the funeral information I will post it up here. As you all know losing a parent can be overwhelming. Please continue to contact Allison through this blog and facebook, but please try to limit phone calls and visits for right now.
This poem brought me a lot of comfort last week.
Gone from my Eyes
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says: "There, she is gone!"
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: "There, she is gone!" there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: 'Here she comes!"
And that is dying.
Henry Van Dyke