November 30: Day 183

Yesterday morning, her body wracked with insurmountable pain and completely blind, Mom grabbed my hands in hers, drew me in close and said, "Get me out of here, I'm ready." 

She took her final labored breath this morning at around 10:30 am at Israel Hospice House, surrounded by those she loved. We could not feel more indebted to the staff and all of those who make the Israel Hospice House and the entire Homeward Hospice organization possible. Their compassion and care made Mom's transition painless and very peaceful. 

I will fill in remaining details later, but at the moment we are grateful, humbled, a little numb, and all feeling very much without our net. 

Mom's Celebration of Life will be 3 pm Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Ames. Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

A private burial will take place Wednesday morning at 11 am at the Williams Cemetery.