We are walking this year in memory of our wonderful mom/mother-in-law, Minnie (Herminia Louisa Armendariz Rodriguez). She was kind, thoughtful and generous and she never hesitated to talk to strangers. Minnie dedicated her life to providing her family with an immaculately clean home, impeccably laundered and ironed clothes and food network quality meals and desserts. Family members were friends and her few, close friends were family. The simple things in life were the things that Minnie enjoyed most-a good soap opera on tv (The Guiding Light), following her beloved LA Dodgers, an entertaining gossip magazine (The National Enquirer) and a good book (author, Taylor Caldwell). A few years before Minnie passed away we found a note in her wallet, “There’s nothing in my life that gives me more pleasure than to be with my kids.” Sandra carries this note in her wallet. Minnie is remembered as being happy and content and rarely, if ever, complaining about her life. Minnie taught her children many life lessons. The lesson that Sandra tries hardest to model is that of kindness.
At 83 years old Minnie was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She began a ten year journey of falling off a cliff in slow motion. It was a journey that pulled at our hearts and left us with an overwhelming sense of helplessness. We are very fortunate to have a close knit family to share the responsibilities of our mom/mother-in-law's care. Many individuals who become caregivers are not as fortunate. Alzheimer’s disease is a harrowing experience for the afflicted individual and the family members as well.
We walk this year for my mom/mother-in-law but also in memory and support of Minnie's siblings: our devoted, loving Aunt Sophie; our fearless WWII veteran and uncle, John; our Uncle Frank, a life long public school educator and mentor who at 93 years old contacted Covid in a Memory Care facility in December 2020 and passed away just weeks before a vaccine was scheduled; and Minnie's younger brother Alex who is thankfully still very perceptive and sharp. We also walk this year in support of our siblings, family members, and friends who all live with the possibility of facing this horrible disease someday. Lastly, we walk this year in memory of loved ones that our friends and family members have lost to Alzheimer’s or loved ones who our friends and family members are currently caring for.
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