The end of a long road

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Margaret’s father passed away last Saturday after a very long decline. He wasn’t ill, he was just old. Unfortunately, his last two years were spent in full-time care as he slowly lost his ability to move and speak. Until very near the end, however, he was very clearly still in there. He lit up anytime Margaret came to visit. Once in a while he managed to whisper something in response to Margaret that kept with his big personality.

Abandoned National Road and US 40

We’re sad he’s gone, of course, but also extremely relieved. His quality of life had become terrible.

Walt was devoutly Catholic. It’s a comfort to us all to know that through his faith, his next life is secure.

Visitation is today and the funeral is tomorrow. Walter Joyce was 92.

Over the last five years we lost all four of our parents, as well as our daughter-in-law and my daughter. We hope we are at the end of this long string of loss.


18 responses to “The end of a long road”

  1. Margie Avatar

    Condolences to you and Margaret.

  2. Steve Lamb Avatar
    Steve Lamb

    My condolences to Walter Joyce’s family.

  3. Shirley B. Avatar
    Shirley B.

    My condolences to Margaret, you and your families.

  4. -N- Avatar

    Hard to lose those you love – my thoughts are with you both.

  5. David Hamilton Avatar
    David Hamilton

    My condolences to your families

  6. Victor Villaseñor Avatar
    Victor Villaseñor

    My condolences to your family. And a big hug to Margaret and you Jim.

  7. Suzassippi Avatar

    It is uncharted territory, but we do the best we can, and as one of my friends said, “It is usually enough.” May the joy of the life he lived carry on within Margaret and you.

  8. brandib1977 Avatar

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  9. Ted Shideler Avatar

    I’m sorry for your loss. I hope this season is coming to an end soon.

  10. Daniel Brinneman Avatar

    Jim, sorry for your family’s loss.

  11. Mauro Avatar

    My condolences to you all

  12. DougD Avatar

    I’m sorry for your loss, and for Walter’s loss. Declining in that way must have been very hard.

  13. Stephanie Avatar

    thoughts and prayers with you, Margaret and your family…

  14. Katie Yang Avatar

    I hope the same for you two, sending my best thoughts.

  15. Darts and Letters Avatar
    Darts and Letters

    Jim, my heart goes out to you and your family, particularly as these past five years have presented a number of passages in your lives.

  16. J P Avatar

    My deepest sympathies to Margaret and to you. Watching a parent suffer through a long, debilitating illness is a terrible thing, and suffering it is surely worse. Please accept our prayers.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Jim. Prayers gratefully accepted.

  17. Sam Avatar

    Condolences to you and Margaret. Sorry for your loss.

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