|Mary Margaret & Dean out west, approx. mid-1960's|
Dean had a lot of health issues including congestive heart failure. He was on two oxygen tanks this past week but was still in good spirits. In fact, I really believe he was happier at the retirement community than he had been for awhile. He got a lot of attention and people loved him. They called "Dean-O" when he walked down the hall. And when he got back from skilled nursing last week, they clapped in the dining room. He said he felt like a celebrity.
Yesterday evening we went up to the assisted living community to clean out his room. The two nurses who found him told us the story.
They got him ready for breakfast and he ate yesterday morning. Then he asked to sit on the side of his bed and for a cup of water. The nurses were speaking to him and got him some water. They left his room for 2 minutes and when they came back, he was gone. What a wonderful way to go!
We are so grateful that he didn't struggle. We are happy knowing that Dean went "home". He had told us for awhile he was ready to go "home" to be with his wife, Mary Margaret, who passed away in 2005. We know that he is now with Jesus and the friends and family that went before him.
We have joy in knowing we will see him again. Not because of our "good works" here on earth but only through Christ's grace and love.
|Taken on Dean's 88th birthday|
From left to right: me, my hubby & Dean