Four days later, she developed thrombosis in her left leg, and started the downward spiral via hospital and nursing home that ended with her peaceful death three months after.
She had a great life, though, and lived it to the hilt. Charlie kept her sense of humor up until the last breath, zinging me even in the nursing home. (I dropped the spoon I was feeding her with into the bowl with a clatter, and said "Well, that was stupid." She looked at me and said winningly, "Does that surprise you?") The impassive lady who shared the table with her, mute for weeks, erupted in a startled laugh.Even though Mom only lived with me for five years, she made many friends in Minnesota and is missed.
But now it's time to take a deep breath, shake off any lingering sadness, and move on. She was always positive, and I will copy that page from her extensive book of hours.