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Community comes through in time of need

Posted: January 10, 2014 - 9:52am

Every day I thank God (and my parents for moving us to Alaska in 1959) for the wonderful community I live in. Never more so than recently, when my husband of 31 years, Gary Martin, died suddenly from an aggressive cancer.

I can’t begin to thank all involved in our difficult journey, but want to just say a big “Thank you” to all who were a part of it. Dr Kelley and staff, for incredible support (and house calls!), First Choice home health care, for helping me care for Gary in our home, right til the end; Soldotna Hospice, for providing us with helpful resources, equipment and a lovely Hospice home visitor (thank you Kay); ResCare, for sending lovely Winona, our respite worker, who stayed with Gary when I needed to have a break; Peninsula Memorial Chapel, specifically BJ Elder, who cared for our loved one with respect and dignity and helped us with the paperwork and funeral arrangements; Soldotna United Methodist church, who provided us with wonderful meals which kept us nourished when we couldn’t face planning or cooking a meal and hosted the lovely reception after Gary’s celebration of life; to our local fire department responders and police officer who approached our home almost silently, did their jobs efficiently and departed quietly; Gary’s friends from Alaska Swimming, who visited while Gary was at home, sent flowers, and contributed to a scholarship fund which Gary started at Wells Fargo for aspiring swimmers in Alaska; our friends in Texas, Dale and Susan Junghans, who hosted us at their ranch while we pursued cancer treatment in Houston; our children, who dropped everything and flew to Texas to help me get “Boppa” home; their spouses, who served in a support capacity by caring for the grandchildren, helping with travel arrangements, and putting together a special photo book for Boppa; our fabulous friends and family members, who provided support, did chores, cooked, and otherwise helped us through a very difficult time.

I am sure that I have overlooked many, but believe me when I say I love, appreciate, and thank God for all who stood with us through this.

Thanks so much, and God Bless All of you!

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