Ruth had given one of our farmhouse rooms the title "mums room" as our visits with her gave us the warmth and comfort of permanence. Just a few weeks prior to this sad call, Betty had suffered a disabling stroke that bought anxiety here at Beefield, so far away. To God we are thankful, that family was with her when the stroke happened and immediate care was rushed to her side. Having myself experienced disabling hospitalization, my sympathy and understanding of her discomfort at the inability to speak and do things for herself. There is a great deal for us to be joyous about; her suffering was not prolonged, her medical care was expedient and well done, when the emergency of the stroke passed the first choice in nursing care was available, her family was nearby and SKYPE® made the distance so much closer with live video and voice.
To the Newton family there in England, Bill, Liz, and Gill: We lift a glass of wine to celebrate her and wonderful full life; the many joys, the loving wife, the caring mother, the swift tennis doubles player, the calm listener, the faithful widow, the dedicated volunteer, the book club reader, the gardener, the traveler, and the friend. Each of you has memories of your own that will bring a smile to your face. Below we share some of the smiles on mum's face while she was here 'across the pond'. (Click on the first and use the arrow keys on your keyboard to scroll and read the descriptions.)