The weekend of Dec. 3 and 4 our family gathered in Jamestown for the memorial service of our uncle, Tom Potter. Cousins flew in from California and Illinois, and our mother, Tom’s sister-inlaw, also flew in from Chicago. Although she had a stroke in August, she was determined to come to Jamestown to tell stories about her sister Hope’s husband at his memorial service.
Being in Jamestown again felt so good! To experience the holiday season by the bay and to feel the warmth of the residents and shopkeepers eased our sorrow over the loss of our uncle.
Our mother told her stories at the memorial service at the Jamestown Senior Center. She did a superb job in spite of minor sequencing mishaps in the delivery. Shortly after she sat down, she experienced a major stroke. For the second time at that service, paramedics came to the rescue and took her to Newport Hospital.
She lived about 27 hours longer and died Monday, Dec. 5. The staff at the hospital was wonderful, knowing that she was in her final hours with us. For those of us who were blessed to be staying at Mary Murphy’s bed and breakfast, we were nurtured and comforted through difficult hours.
Yes, it is sad to have lost our mother this holiday season. But we will always have the beauty of the Jamestown Christmas lights and the warmth of the residents to create a good memory of our mother’s point of departure. Thank you, Jamestown. Lydia, Jonathan, Steve and
Candace Wilder, River Forest, Ill.