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Beautiful stories from far away

2020-11-30 | TOSHI

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Beautiful stories from far away

No.1 A good American woman who had lived for 105 years

A good American woman passed away recently at the age of 105, in a small town near Seattle, in the United States of America.

She had a beautiful life even though she experienced hardships like many people who lived through her era.

She experienced two world wars. By the time the second world war ended, she was already around thirty.

Unfortunately, her husband passed away in his 70s. But her four sons took care of their mother, when the father died.

She was gentle, methodical, caring, and giving. The people who knew her loved her character and personality. But her 4 sons always helped her.

She loved and was very good at gardening. Whenever her family had gone to visit, they had almost always found her in the garden.

One of her grandsons said, “She always greeted me with a big smile on her face. She treated me like her best friend.”

In her garden, which was as long as a city block, he imagined she had one of every flower in the world.

About half of her garden was devoted to flowers. Those included dahlias, rhododendrons, zinnias, baby’s breath, irises, tulips, daffodils, holly, and green leafy plants to fill in for flower arrangements.

She also reared a lot of vegetables and several kinds of delicious fruits too, like pumpkins, strawberries, apples, corns, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes, potatoes, cherries, pears, lettuces, raspberries, loganberries.

She also had cherry and apple trees in the garden.

She experienced two pandemics; The Spanish Flu and the current Coronavirus pandemic.

But this year, she passed away at her nursing home, only a few months after celebrating her 105th birthday in quarantine.

Thankfully she passed away in her sleep, peacefully and gently like in her life.

The grandson, who lives in Japan and had planned to see her for her birthday before the Coronavirus changed the world, wishes he could have gone to her funeral ceremony.

He said, “I often helped her manage the garden, trimming trees, mowing grass.

She needed help and I was happy to give it. She was not especially out going, and very friendly and gentle with everyone she met.

She had a warm smile.

I enjoyed helping her. When I was a teenager, sometimes I did not like it, but I liked to make her smile.”

She and her husband did a lot of volunteer work and helped at her church. Her family is donating everything in her will to her church.

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