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Since I talked about this a few months ago when I went on hiatus, I'd like to bring it full circle by posting here that my amazing, force-of-nature, full-of-life mother Shirley Rae Dupree died on Aug. 22, her body finally giving out after a valiant two-year fight against both frontotemporal dementia and ALS.
Here's the pseudo-official obituary, in its original form, before it gets mangled in various publications across the United States.
I'm not anywhere close to a point where I can wax poetic about any of this, except to say that it was a most cruel twist of fate to deprive my mother of the abilities to speak and eat, when there was never a person she didn't want to either talk to or feed (or both). Even in the very late stages of her illness, her smile and excitement when anyone arrived to see her lit up the room, in the same way she had lit up innumerable rooms over the years with her energy and enthusiasm.
Unfortunately, as her brain degenerated it lost any ability to send any signals other than GO-GO-GO, and her body finally gave out, like an engine that had run for way too long with no oil.
There is relief that she is now released from what these diseases did to her, but it is staggering to all of us who knew her that we are going to have to figure out a way to come to terms with the tremendous void she has left behind.
As for JDLand, I'm going to take some time to recover from these past months. I'll send up a flare when I decide what the next chapter will be.
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Boris says: (8/26/13 4:51 PM)
Our sincerest condolences, JD. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Try to hang in there..


TheOnyxGuy says: (8/27/13 4:54 AM)
What a beautiful person, inside and out. Our condolences to you and your family.


gee says: (8/27/13 10:42 AM)
I am sorry for your loss. Your mother sounded like she lived life to the fullest.


Sally M says: (8/27/13 9:03 PM)
Thanks so much for sharing this news with us. You've obviously internalized some of your mother's magic. As hard as it will be to go on without her, I'm betting you will keep rediscovering facets of her in all the people and places she loved.


Packinblackandred says: (8/28/13 11:48 AM)
Best wishes, JD. You've really done well in getting across how great she was.


conngs0 says: (8/28/13 2:36 PM)
So sorry for your loss, JD. Your thoughtful description of your mother not only conveys that she was a beautiful person but also indicates that she knew exactly how much you loved her. Best wishes moving forward, and my thoughts are with you at such a difficult time.


JNB says: (8/28/13 3:47 PM)
Our thoughts are with you.


SWag says: (9/3/13 8:48 AM)
she's now in a beautiful, restful, relaxing place :)


MalS says: (9/3/13 12:41 PM)
I am so sorry to hear of the illness and loss of your mother. My thoughts are with you and your family.


Jaybird says: (9/11/13 11:20 AM)
Thoughts and prayers JD. I remember meeting her, a very nice lady.


jwg says: (9/11/13 10:55 PM)
Your mom sounds like a wonderful woman with fantastic personality and spark. What a lovely tribute you've written to her. We're so sorry for your loss and keeping you and your family in our thoughts.


JD says: (9/11/13 11:02 PM)
I should add my brother's blog post on Mom, because it's a great tribute to her:

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