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Survivor Stories / Tributes

Roberta Green

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Roberta Pauline Green, April 14, 1941 – May 16, 2006

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Roberta, my mother, left behind her husband, 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

She was a very compassionate person with a generous heart and a great sense of humor. Mom loved her family, flowers, animals, all of nature, her dear friends, her childhood stories, and just the simple things in life.

Mom didn’t recognize her symptoms, as most of them were silent. By the time they became apparent, she thought she had some sort of flu with maybe an intestinal type of infection. Very shortly (a week or so later) after these symptoms advanced, she collapsed and was taken to the hospital. She never returned home again and passed away quickly,only 2 weeks later. We had to make the decision, as a family, to let her go on May 16, 2006, as there was no possible chance of recovery as the cancer was throughout her organs.

All of us, including her grandchildren were by her when she passed, playing her favorite music and singing her favorite songs to her. Her very last breath taken was with my youngest sister holding her hand and her youngest grandson (who was just a baby) sleeping in his stroller by her bedside. It was as we had all turned away or stepped out of the room for just a brief moment. It was as if she gave that last moment to my sister just to remind her of how being a mother and raising children was so very special. My sister has two young children. My son, the oldest grandson was all grown up and about to graduate from high school. He told her that he was graduating & she managed to smile. She was able to say “I love you” to each of use just minutes before she passed away.

This was such a traumatic even for us as it happened so very quickly. The day she collapsed was the day after our father finished his last radiation therapy for prostate cancer.

We are all thankful we got a chance to say goodbye to her and tell how much we loved her.

Last updated on: 09/28/2009


I love this letter, thanks for putting mom on here.

Melissa Vermeire – 10/02/2009

This is a beautiful reminder of our last moments with our mother. Thank you for paying tribute to her here.

Kelly Schuler – 10/04/2009

Very true! Makes a cnhage to see someone spell it out like that. :)

Elric Elric – 06/02/2011

That’s the best asnwer of all time! JMHO

Mahalia Mahalia – 06/02/2011

As soon as they brought me to my pptsoartum room, they asked me to use the bathroom I had no problem peeing although it was a bit painful (and I was very embarrassed by the bleeding which is so normal) the water bottle isn’t necessarily to help you pee (although it can help), its to rinse down there to help keep it clean so no infection will happen The thing that scared me and freaked me out was the first bowel movement omg I sat in the bathroom in tears (a couple days later) it was a bit painful but was not nearly as bad as I had imagined. I know you didn’t ask about bowel movements but no one told me about that until after I had given birth and the dr mentioned it

Bina Bina – 09/04/2012