I have been dreading writing this post for months now. I have put it off and put it off. Mum would have wagged her finger at me and said what you put off today you just have to do tomorrow…and so it has come to pass.
At 0720 this morning my beautiful mother passed away holding Dad’s hand.
She found out a year ago that she had cancer and she set about planning what remained of her life. In February she was told she had at best 12 weeks left to live and in her usual way she just said she would see about that. As is usual she was right about that.
My Mum was a mentor to me, a calming influence, a peacemaker and taught me more about politics and people than anyone else.
I well remember her ticking off many MPs, including Prime Ministers in her forthright Presbyterian manner. She didn’t care for their positions or their titles, she just spoke her mind on things that mattered.
My Mum cared for everyone else and was the most unselfish, giving person you could ever know. Even in her last days she was thinking and caring about other people.
She handled her illness like she handled her entire life, with dignity, grace and a steely strength.
I am going to miss my Mum, I loved her very much.
We've never met Cam, or his parents for that matter. But we have chatted with him online in recent weeks as Margaret's illness progressed.
It's some eight years since we lost our mother, and more than 20 years since our father died. But the death of Cam's mother this morning has touched a part of our soul, and we write this post with a very large lump in our throat, and with misty eyes.
We extend our sincere condolences to the whole Slater family today. May they be comforted in their grief and loss by the peace that passes human understanding, and by the knowledge that Margaret is free from pain and suffering and in a far better place. And may they take comfort from these words as they reflect on a life well lived.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (NIV)
Rest peacefully Mrs Slater.