Lois Marilyn Smiley
April 20, 1936 - July 31, 2011
My Mother lost her battle with breast cancer on July 31st. She had cancer for at least 15 years and had developed lymphodema in her right arm a few years ago. It left her unable to do all the things she so loved to do. She was the creative light in my life, every craft or hobby I have ever done was because she introduced (sometimes dragged) me to it. Just to name a few of her favorites that she so loved were: crocheting, knitting, embroidery, sewing, upholstery, painting, quilting, paper crafting, scrap booking, and card making... and these are just a few of all the wonderful and creative crafts she loved.
She was the most kind, caring, loving and positive person I have ever known. Even in the midst of her illness she always told us that there was so many people so much worse than her, that she had led a long, happy and wonderful life and her heart went to others especially children who suffered from illness' or tragedies in their short lives. Thanks to Hospice and the Edema Center, Mom was able to spend the end of her time at home surrounded by her daughters, faithful dog companions, Laci and Max and her treasures. And thanks to my Sister Annie, who shared a home with Mom and Dad, not only took loving care of Mom, but Dad as well who passed at home in 2006 also surrounded by his family. I owe her so much.
Mom & Dad had a lake house on Lake Elysian and we spent many happy times there all together. Crafting, swimming, strolling the lake on the pontoon, eating, shopping at all the antique and craft shops, 4th of July celebrations and so many more memories to last my lifetime! She loved that lake house... her crafts and most of all her family. She had 3 daughters, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, and over the years she had many pets that were lucky enough to be part of her family. Thank you Mom for all that you taught me, for all that you shared with me and most important for loving me and showing me how to love.
I love you MomGive Dad a big hug,
I'll see you both soon...