is participating to honor:
Mother, Jane N. Clarke
I'm participating in The Longest Day to honor my mother, Jane Nicholson Clarke (1920-2002), my Aunt, Betty Diehl (1916-1999), and my cousin Carol(1944-).
One evening, in the spring of 1999, I called home to check in with Mother and Dad. After talking with Mother for awhile I asked her to put Dad on. She hesitated a bit and then said that he was still out at Keystone, fishing. It was going on 10 PM in Latrobe, PA. and Dad would certainly not be out fishing. Mother had been "slipping" a bit lately and I knew he never left Mother alone for more than an hour or two. I felt dread and very far away. After hanging up, I called Latrobe Hospital. Dad had been admitted 2 days earlier with a heart attack. I made the necessary arrangements at home and work and was on a plane from Evansville, IN to Latrobe, PA the next day.
Dad was released from the hospital and was expected to recover. Mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and "not expected to recover". It was quite a journey.
I am also honoring my cousin Carol, who is my age. Growing up together we played in the creek behind Grandma and Grandpa Clarke's house in Latrobe, PA. We climbed trees, picked apples in the orchard and gathered eggs from the hens. Carol is in the Alzheimer's unit of a nursing home. She does not know who I am. She does not know her brother . Carol doesn't know that her husband died several months ago or that her Father died died last month.
I am participating in the Longest Day to take action against Alzheimer's Disease. Not one of you should have to see a loved family member or friend go through this. Not one of you should have to hear "not expected to recover".
This is my first time participating in The Longest Day. Thank you, Joe Sinkey for inviting me to join Fred's Bridge Team in this awesome endeavor.
I am not a bridge player but I intend to spend TLD, June 21, 1918, at Newburgh Atria, Assisted Living and Memory care. Residents in the Memory Care Unit and I will be baking cookies and they will teach me how to play Noodle Ball. I can't wait!
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