20 December, 2013

Vale Shirley

Shirley MacDonald 
15th November, 1924 - 20th December, 2013.

Today the world lost a very special person.
Noel's Mum, my Mother-in-law and 
the boys' loving Grandmother.
Mum died peacefully at home with family around her.
She was such a beautiful person. 

When it came to the mother-in-law stakes, I really hit the jackpot! I was always treated as one of her daughters,
not just a daughter-in-law.

This morning I spent about 3 hours sitting with Mum, just stitching and listening to the music she loved. A lot of the time it was just the two of us. It was lovely to spend this special time with her. I know she would have loved it too.

Many thanks must go to the wonderful Banksia Palliative Care Nurses and Royal District Nurses for the loving care they gave to Mum and the wonderful support to the family.

27 comments:

Michelle Ridgway said...

My sincere condolences to Noel, you and your family at this sad time. She sounds like she was a beautiful special person...big hugs xxx

Solstitches said...

I'm so very sorry Christine.
Thinking of you and your family at this very sad time.
Margaret

mac said...

Deepest sympathy Christine to you and your family.
Maria

shez said...

Christine my heart goes out to you and Noël and the boys,I feel so sad for your loss of such a loved mum,MIL,and grandma,RIP Shirley,sending you big hugs Christine.xx

Melody said...

My deepest sympathy to you all. Much love mel

Bev C said...

Hello to the McDonald Family,

Love and prayers to you all.

Bev.

Jennifer said...

Sincere condolences to you all. So special to have had time with her today. She sounds like she was a wonderful person in your lives. Hugs to you all. Jennifer

Noela said...

Christine and family please accept my sincere condolences. It must be of great comfort to you to know you spent that time with her today. Sending prayers your way. Hugs Noela.

Jan said...

Oh Christine, that's so sad. She seems like a very special lady who will be remembered with much love by her family and friends.

Susan said...

Sorry to hear about your mil Christine. Hard to bear, especially at this time of year. Hang on to those beautiful memories.x

Fiona said...

So, so sorry Christine, what wonderful memories you have and those will help in the days ahead...my love to you and your family...
Hugz

KERYN B said...

Christine I cannot tell you how sorry I am to hear about your dear mother in law. I am sending you and your family an enormous hug. I will keep you in my thoughts at this very difficult time. Xxx.

Simone Harding said...

Christine sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family xx

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Deepest sympathies for you and your family's loss. Many gentle hugs.

Maria said...

My Love and thoughts to your family and you at this sad time..
Hugs Maria

De said...

Sympathies to you and your family. Xoxo

Briar Rose said...

Deepest sympathy to you all Christine.
What lovely memories your Mother in Law has left for you to treasure.
HugsR.

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Thinking of you all at this hard time. Hugs are being sent your way. xx

kiwikid said...

Sincere sympathies Christine to you and your family, thinking of you.
xx

creations.1 said...

My thoughts are with you and your family Christine. How lovely to be able to just sit, sew and listen to music with Shirley during those last hours - a gentle time.

Elyte said...

My condolences to you all. Sounds like you have beautiful memories to keep forever.

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

My heart goes out to you, Christine. Your mom in law sounded like a real gem. I hope your pleasant memories of her will be a source of comfort to you and your family during this difficult time.
Hugs,
Kimber

Helen said...

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Beautiful memories will stay with you forever x

Charlie and Wendy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, she does sound like a special person and how nice that you were able to spend those last hours with her. Thinking of you at this sad time.

FloS said...

What a sad news for Christmas ! I send you all my best thoughts and of course to all your family.
It must be very hard for your husband…
Florence

Cheryll said...

Oh Christine ... I'm so very sorry for your loss...
Words cannot heal your heart at the moment... but time will help.

Jindi's Cottage said...

Condolences to Noel, yourself and the boys and to Noel's family...