It was a foggy Monday, on the 23rd of May. In her own home, on her own bed, in the arms of her children, Elizabeth Muriel went gently on to, "an awfully big adventure!" - Peter Pan
It was her hope to stay home until the end. As Mom has given us so much love and care, it was our hope that we might be able to give her the peace and comfort of knowing she was where she wanted to be. Our sincerest thanks to Dr Chari, Homecare nurses, and Three Hills Hospital staff for their exceptional assistance during this time. In her last few weeks with us, she enjoyed lengthy cuddles, sun beams, flowers on the deck, talking, day-dreaming, and listening to stories. The night before she went, we heard the last chapter of Peter Pan, a book that had been passed down from her own Mother.Mom was a gentle and kind person, who could only be faulted for caring too much, for too many. She enjoyed hiking, horse-back riding, sewing, reading, and spending precious time with precious people. She was so proud to have worked for Rehoboth Christian Ministries, that she refused to stop working until she managed to earn her 20-year achievement, not long before her death. Mom enjoyed traveling! She would scoop up sand from any beach she could, and has a collection of dozens of hand decorated glass jars in which to display them all. In her last few years, she enjoyed many trips, including travelling by train across Canada, cruising to Alaska, and months on the beach in Ixtapa, Mexico. After moving from Drumheller almost 25 years ago, our family lived on "The Farm," West of Three Hills. Having been born and raised in Chateauguay, Quebec, I think she was awestruck to have such an expansive and beautiful piece of Earth to call home. She was a beautiful young woman, who smiled more than she frowned. She worked so hard to graduate university with honours, and after spending a summer working in Jasper, Mom fell in love with the mountains and the beauty of Alberta! She excelled in her earlier career as a Social Worker, and spoke very fondly of the joy she found in building strong families, and supporting those who needed it most. Mom taught me to be goofy, and that it is okay to bend the rules once in a while! She also taught me to be tough, and to stand up for what you want in life. Mom has given me enough strength and courage to survive losing her, but leaves behind a void of great loss. She was a beloved, kind soul who will forever be in my heart. Mom wished that no service or formal occasion be held in her memory after her passing, but rather that anyone who chooses to remember her spend precious and meaningful time with their own loved ones. The day before she died, She said: "Take nothing, and no one, for granted." - Elizabeth Muriel Thompson, Born to Lorna and Alan Grant on May 6,1953.
Submitted by Valina and Carleton Pope