My mother, Gwendolyn Ardyth Simm Goodwin, passed away today at the age of 85, from Alzheimer's Disease. She went peacefully and quietly with my sister, Jessica, by her side. I have missed her already for almost 10 years, and will miss her always, but I am glad now to know that both my parents are watching over me now and they will always be with me.
These are a few of her favorite things:
I Love Lucy - especially the chocolate factory and Vita-Meata-Vegimen episodes
Going over the Bourne Bridge into Cape Cod
Mom's made-up words and expressions:
Bonanza Day Treat! - said when eating a large hot fudge sundae
Teedeetootie - a name for my sister's security blanket
Chatting Hour - for girls only
He thinks he's body-everyself - to describe a stuck-up person
The Girls' Friendly - her name for the church group actually called The Friendly Guild
My beautiful and brilliant budding writer 13-year-old neice Olivia wrote this poem for her Grandma Gwen:
From the moment i first saw her,
Until the time she said goodbye,
I knew she was amazing,
By the twinkle in her eye.
...So pure, and loving and kind,
And I just can't seem to get her memory,
Ever out of my mind.
I'll miss you forever and always,
never forget your love,
I know you'll enjoy heaven,
Watching me from above.