A Special Lady Named Margaret

Margaret was born with Down’s Syndrome. She moved into a group home, healing with three other ladies, one of them my daughter Melissa. That was 11 years ago. Margaret, Melissa, and the other two ladies, soon became very close, just like sisters. Whenever I would stop down to visit, Margaret always ask, “is it going to snow?”, or she would say, “is it going to rain”? For the past few months, Margaret’s health has been failing. Special aides were called in to look after Margaret, giving her the extra attention she needed. Assisting her with her meals, administering medications, round the clock care. I have always observed the kindness, and love by the staff, and aides, before and during this very difficult time. A couple of days ago the staff suggested that it might be best for Melissa to come home with us. Margaret was not expected to make it through the night. ┬áHer family had gathered, and her priest administered last rights. I drove down to pick up Missy, so we could say our final goodbyes. Missy gave her a stuffed rabbit, kissed her on her cheek, held her hand while she gently rubbed her head. Margaret’s sister asked Missy if she would sing Amazing Grace. Missy sings like a little angel. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room as she sang so sweetly to her best friend. This morning, as April snow filled the morning sky, Margaret passed away peacefully in her own home, surrounded by her devoted family who so lovingly called her Sweetie.

Carole

5 Responses to “A Special Lady Named Margaret”

  1. Barbara Melotto Says:

    I hope Margaret is with the little bird.

  2. tj Says:

    …Heaven acquired another Angel today.

    …Blessings to you, your daughter and Margaret’s family…

  3. Nancy Fuller Says:

    How wonderful that Missy was such a comfort to her best friend and that she was given the gift of a beautiful voice and spirit.

  4. carole holt Says:

    Barbara, tj and Nancy, thank you for you kind thoughts.
    Carole

  5. Kim Sivak Says:

    Such a very touching story, Carole. Missy sounds like a very loving & giving special young lady. She will never forget her friend and the special times they have shared and I am sure her friend will always watch out over her. Sincere Sympathy to Margaret and her family and Missy.

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