They visited with Lisa’s daughter Theresa and the dessert where Rosemarie wants her ashes spread with her husband’s. When Rosemarie looked at pictures of her younger self hiking in the desert with Ralph she said, “Wow, those were the days!”
However, she told me a couple of nights later, “I’m not afraid about heaven now, but I don’t want to leave all of you.” I told her we would miss her but that only bodies die, friendships live on in our hearts forever.” And in her animated way she smiled and exclaimed, “That’s right! Friendships don’t die!”
Her last house party was in December. She attended in a reclining wheelchair and after the band played “Pistol Packin’ Momma” for her, she later requested, “You are my Sunshine” and directed it and blew kisses on every verse. This week we sang that song for her as her body left the home we shared for 5 years. Only our eyes and cheeks were wet this time. My husband, Rick wrote a special verse to be sung for her at the end:
The other night dear, as I lay sleeping
I dreamt you flew to Jesus’ arms
And you were riding on wild horses
Far away from any harms
Rosemaire flourished at Hope & A Future and we did with her! We will miss her even though she lives on in our hearts!