Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Virginia Ruth Gonzales-Vollmer

 1/27/1926-12/21/2009

This is one of the hardest post I'll ever do on my blog. After a short illness on the morning of December 21, 2009 my Mom passed away. She was active and working two part time jobs until November when her liver said it had enough.The picture below is of her and my younger brother Steve polishing cars. Her dear loves after her family,  were cars and baseball! I was fortunate to be with her every Thursday for lunch and shopping, but before we took her car "Ruby" out for the day she had to dust her off and put clean towels on the floor so we would not get the floor mats dirty.



It seemed like everyone knew Ginger. As we went from store to store each week it would take twice as long to shop because she never met a stranger. We talked to people as we shopped and made friends with anyone standing in line at the check out.
As hard as this is to live with we all had a wonderful time at her bed side and after her death. Manor Care here in Reno took care of her on her last days. They allowed our entire family to be with her at all hours of the day and night. Sister Tracy came from Texas with her three girls and husband. Steve and his wife Lisa were up from Vegas. Mike and I live here in town so at any given time Mom had from 5 to 15 people with her. Her brother, nieces, nephews, sons, daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren and even her beloved dog Dudley were there to see her off. Up until her last four days she was talking and joking with family and care givers. Her last wish was to tell everyone that she had a wonderful life!
So for my Mom we all ask for everyone to do an random act of kindness in Ginger's name!

11 comments:

Michelle said...

Sharon had told me you lost your mom; I am so, so sorry. It sounds like she was full of life right up until the end; what a blessing for her and her family! I will be looking for an opportunity to do that random act of kindness in her name....

Carolyn said...

I was very touched by your post. I am a mix of sorrow and empathy for you, and also envy and joy. You had a wonderful relationship with your special Mom, what a special lady. You wrote a sweet tribute about her, I feel like I know her spirit. I hope she's whooping it up with her buds and driving a flashy, shiney Ruby in the sky!

kristi said...

Moms are one the most special people in the world and loosing one has to be the hardes thing in the world. My mom is truly my best friend and I have no idea what I will do when that time comes. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. What a blessing that all of you could be there for her:)

Juliann said...

Mimi, you have my deepest condolences. I am sorry.

Fiber Floozie said...

I am so sorry to hear that you've lost your mom. It is a hard time to loose a love one. You have my deepest condolences. You have been on my thoughts. Love Heidi

thecrazysheeplady said...

{{{hug}}}

Lois said...

Dear Mim-
Your post touched me deeply; your love for your mother was evident in every word. You were blessed to have spent your lives together, and I am sure that bright spirit will be with you always.

Mim said...

Thank you Ladies for all the kind words & {{HUGS }} to y'all, something I picked up after having 5 Texans around for several weeks, and Happy New Year. What I want to do more this year is hug and say Love you for Ginger.

Garrett808 said...

so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. prayers and thoughts are with you during this hard time.

Cynthia said...

Mimi, I was touched by your vision of your mother and her wonderful place in the world. I am sure she will be dearly missed but am as certain that the memories of her are as wonderful as they are bountiful. It seems clear that those she has left behind will be warmed deeply by them until you meet again.

You are in my thoughts.

Sharon said...

I no longer rely on Bloglines to inform me of an updated post as of this week. I missed this entirely - nicely done.