My mom sent this announcement out this morning, and for those of you wanting to know more about my dear Meema, here is how my mother shared her reflections.
Yesterday was a beautiful day, and the Lord decided it was just the right day for my dear mother to come home.
She was taken to the emergency room at Memorial Medical Center-Livingston early yesterday morning, where they diagnosed pneumonia in her right lung. I walked into ER about 8 AM and placed my hand on her forhead, asking God to surround her with His angels, comfort her with the presence of His Holy Spirit and give her peace. I thanked Him for her long, happy, healthy life and released her into His care. She was not conscious, did not appear to be an any pain, and had a very serene expression on her face. A few hours later her heart started beating slower and slower until it just stopped. I knew that God had already taken her home and she was rejoicing with all her friends and loved ones in Heaven. I could feel her smiling down upon me.
We have decided to go right ahead with the 100th Birthday Party on July 6th at Livingston Convalescent Center, only it will be a Celebration Party. We will celebrate her life with cake and ice cream and photos and stories and song and dance. I know she would like that very much, as she loved people and loved parties and particularly loved to dance.
Mother was the last of nine brothers and sisters, all of whom were born in the tiny town of Chulafinnee, AL, in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. She married my dad, Marc Mandot — a tall southener from Louisiana, with a soft voice, a twinkle in his eye, and a wonderful sense of humor — in 1932. He worked for 47 years for AT&T Long Lines (the folks who put up all the telephone poles and strung all the long-distance phone lines). They lived first in Atlanta, then in Nashville, TN; then in Cincinnatti, OH, and then went back to Atlanta to retire. Daddy died quite unexpectedly in 1983, with a heart attack in the middle of the night.
I am an only child and have two daughters — Sara, who lives in Austin, TX; and Jennifer, who lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Sara has two daughters — Lily and Iolana; and Jennifer has one son — Milo (who is flying into Houston Intercontinental today to visit for three weeks). All Mother’s Great Grandchildren will be at the Celebration Party!
I want to thank everyone who has prayed for Mother, sent cards to Mother and visited Mother since she has been here in Livingston. As many of you know, we moved her here from Atlanta, GA, in 2000. She was a long-time member of Druid Hills United Methodist Church in Atlanta, where I was christened in 1937.
God Bless each of you.
Anita Mandot Hickman