Thank you all so much for your kind words of sympathy.
My Mum and I were extremely close throughout, regardless of where I lived in the world. Basically she was my hero. Nobody could match her for the love she shared, her understanding, patience and caring nature and ultimately her strength.
Mum passed away two weeks before her 79th birthday and had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for over 25 years. Despite my Father dying 13 years ago, she had the sheer willpower to continue to live in her own home right up until the end. For the last three years she had to “allow” carers to help her four times a day, as she could no longer care for herself independently.
I spoke with her at least once everyday and visited her every 6 to 8 weeks. Having no siblings, and me living in the US and Mum being back home in England, made it a little tougher, but we made the best of it. I wished she could have lived in the States, but alas that was not meant to be.
I thought you guys might like to see some photos of Mum and her beloved Rex, taken and developed by my Father back in the 60s. I’d have to say I get my love of GSDs and photography from them!