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PostFri Nov 23, 2018 4:47 pm 
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I'm sad to report that on November 8th, my mother passed away.  She'd been battling Parkinson's for the past few yrs., a ruthless disease that affects a person's mobility and independence.  I'd been going to Tucson periodically to help my sister w/caregiving duties, and am grateful that I was able to be with her for her last couple wks. of life.  She'd been in a rehab hospital and then released, and was home for 2 days and spent much of that time sleeping.  On the afternoon of the 8th I saw her one moment sleeping in her recliner, and when I came back through the room a few minutes later she was gone.  However it happens is heartbreaking, but we knew she was glad to be home & if given the choice would've wanted to be @ home rather than in some uncomfortable hospital.

My parents were both hikers and hike leaders, & no doubt were responsible for my love of hiking today.  In later yrs. I mostly hiked w/my mom & one of my sisters, & occasionally a friend or two.  After I moved out on my own, when I'd go back to visit Tucson I would usually do some hiking w/my mom.  Of course this tapered off over the yrs. as she developed medical issues & had less energy, but I will always cherish those days in the mtns. w/her.  smile.gif

I wrote her obituary, where I tried to sum up 82 yrs. into a nutshell:

http://www.carrillostucsonmortuary.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=2148460

She of course will be in my thoughts always, and especially while in the mountains.  smile.gif

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PostFri Nov 23, 2018 7:05 pm 
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I am so sorry for your loss B.C.  That's quite a tribute that you wrote for your mom.  Such a fine legacy--especially your love of hiking and connection with Nature.

Bloated Chipmunk wrote:
She of course will be in my thoughts always, and especially while in the mountains.  smile.gif

Very nice.  Sincere regards,  ~z
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PostFri Nov 23, 2018 7:11 pm 
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RIP Ethel Staley, aka Bloated Chimpmunk's mom.

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PostFri Nov 23, 2018 7:38 pm 
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Sorry for your loss. Sounds like she was an awesome lady.

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PostFri Nov 23, 2018 10:22 pm 
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B.C., I am sorry for your loss.  May your mother be at peace.  Your article details a lovely woman who lived a good life.   It is very interesting how she got into weather forecasting via a math degree.  Now we also know why you are such a good desert hiker.  It sounds like hiking skills are just one of many blessings your mother gave to you.
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PostSat Nov 24, 2018 7:43 am 
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Am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

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PostSun Nov 25, 2018 3:26 pm 
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Condolences on your loss, may her memory always be a blessing.  My mother also succumbed to a form of Parkinson's,  it is a rough road,  my you find the strength you require.
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PostSun Nov 25, 2018 6:02 pm 
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love and hugs

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PostSun Nov 25, 2018 8:23 pm 
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I lost my mother earlier this year in almost the same circumstances. We were so happy it was at home and not anywhere else. My sincere condolences B.C.
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PostMon Nov 26, 2018 3:24 am 
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B.C.,

Our youngest was born in Tucson and we return semi-frequently.  I will think of your mom up in Romero, Wilderness of Rocks, Peppersauce, and Sabino.  So sorry for your loss.

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PostMon Nov 26, 2018 11:40 am 
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You are fortunate to have good memories of your Mother.
Condolences to you and your family.

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PostMon Nov 26, 2018 2:54 pm 
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Sorry to hear of your loss B.C.  Thank you for sharing with us.
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PostTue Nov 27, 2018 8:28 am 
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Best Wishes Bloated Chipmunk; sorry for your loss. The memories remain.
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PostFri Nov 30, 2018 8:22 pm 
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Thank you everyone for your kind words.   smile.gif

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"Peaks that have come and gone four times should halt a man in his steps." -- William O. Douglas

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