My mother Daphne was an extraordinary human being. She possessed the natural ability to connect to others by disarming them with her presence and charm. Her compassion and love for all, her generous and warm spirit always shined through, as did her wonderful sense of humor. Not only was she our closest friend and confidant, but she also served as our counselor and spiritual advisor. My mother wore many hats, and became anything you needed her to be. She faced every situation, including her battle with ovarian cancer with fierce determination and incredible will.
It was a privilege and honor to take care of my mother these past two and half years. I was able to witness my mother face her illness and fear of the unknown with a courage and strength that just astounded me. At times, she had to dig deep to get her through the tough periods, but then again some of her greatest qualities were her resilience and innate ability to deal with life’s adversities. She never once asked, ”Why me?” Instead, she accepted early on that life is limited and made the decision to face the battle head on, although in her own stubborn and dogged fashion. She never waivered…knowing exactly who she was, her purpose on earth, and how to profoundly show by example to her children what the true definition of strength is.
My mother was a brave, loving and courageous wife, sister, grandmother, and confident who fought this disease for 27 months until August 4, 2010. Mom will always be with us in our hearts and memories, although she can’t be with us physically to share in them. She will continue to guide my sisters and I through our lives, although it will be a much lonelier place now that she is gone.
Last updated on: 10/12/2010
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Valeria Valeria – 02/28/2012