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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Good Friends & Good Memories

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It is with great sadness that I am posting that Dot passed away this morning. I had tried to reach her since she returned to Kansas and finally left a voicemail telling Steve, her son, to please call me because I was worried. He and I played phone tag for a few days (he'd been at the hospital).

He called today to tell me she had passed away. Per her request, her body will be donated to science and he will coordinate a memorial service here in MS later. He seemed to be doing well considering. She had a great last week before becoming sicker. She visited friends & family in Mississippi, went to Jazz Fest in New Orleans and had a blast and spent some quality time with her son. She did not want to suffer and she always wanted the end to be peaceful and easy and, bless her, she got her wish thankfully.

I am very sad - she was a great and wonderful lady. Full of tenacity, loved her friends, loyal, honest, hardworking, single mother, never down or negative, etc. Heaven has gained an angel & I have another guardian angel I hope looking down on me as I continue on through life. During our friendship, Dot and I endured two bank buyouts / mergers, getting severance from the third merger, divorce, remarriage, two births (Cassie & Bailee), a lung disease that blindsided her, and then, finally melanoma (The BEAST she called it). She was always there for me and me for her. The girls & Jeff loved her too and we will miss "Miss Dot & her cats" as the girls always said. "We wanna go see Miss Dot and her cats". "Have you talked to Miss Dot and her cats?" "Daddy, did you see Miss Dot & her cats when you cut her grass?", etc.

Those of us who saw her exactly two weeks ago tonight would NEVER believe that she would be gone now. She looked wonderful and you would have never known something was wrong except for the pretty pink bald head under her cap.

Please remember Steve in your prayers - and selfishly, me too. I am very sad but I know that I will see her again one day:-)

Wanda

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