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Goodbye Antonia Hendricka Jacoba Boskemper Barvich Wescombe.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Today is the day of my mum's farewell. I am fortunate enough to have my hubby and both children with me. A lot of family from all over Australia have arrived.

We are making this a day of celebration and acknoligment of a woman who experienced some of life's cruelty's and the fact that she took a gamble and left war torn Holland and came to Australia.

She gave birth to 5 children,I am the first born,exactly 12 months after arriving here.

She led a busy and complex life, having survived the ravages of the Dutch "Winter Famine" of 1947-8 22000 people were not so fortunate.

She survived Tunberculosis, lived with crippling athritis and then the cruelest blow of all, dementia.

I am now at peace as I know my mother is free.

Thankyou for allowing me to share this with you, my dear wonderful Sparkfriends

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KAILYNSTAR 10/14/2012 10:21AM


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CATLADY52 10/9/2012 2:44PM

    I'm sure she will be remembered by you and the famiy she leaves behind.

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TUBLADY 10/9/2012 11:25AM

    Your family is celebrating your Mum's remarkable life.
Losing someone dear to us is hard, but knowing the peace she is in now is helpful.
Be strong, stay positive.
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TEMPEST272002 10/9/2012 9:59AM

    Hugs Libby! It's so difficult to lose someone you love. Thank you for sharing your loving memories.

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BELLAMEMAW 10/9/2012 9:57AM

    You're a great reflection of how wonderful a woman she was emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/9/2012 7:26AM


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WENDYJM4 10/9/2012 5:21AM

    I am so sorry for your loss Libby. emoticon

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GOANNA2 10/9/2012 4:34AM

    Dear Libby , please accept my condolences.
I am glad you are at peace and that you and your family are celebrating
your mum's life. She was a remarkable woman.
Thank you for sharing. Prayers and thoughts arewith you all. emoticon

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OPALMOON 10/9/2012 3:59AM

    Dear Libby,

Thank you so much for sharing with us the story of your remarkable mother. I am so glad you had the support of family at her farewell. Though it is a difficult time, I hope your treasured memories of her will bring you comfort in the days and months ahead.

You are in my thoughts and prayers - sending big hugs your way.

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LHACKING13 10/9/2012 3:09AM

    What a beautiful tribute to your mother. She must have been one very amazing woman.

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_LINDA 10/9/2012 1:52AM

    That is wonderful to be surrounded by family and relatives and to be able to celebrate this amazing woman's life. I enjoyed hearing about her life and see those special photos. Anytime you feel like sharing more, would love to see them.
My thoughts are with you at this difficult time
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BLAIRJ1 10/8/2012 9:34PM

    Thank you for sharing xx

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MJ7DM33 10/8/2012 8:40PM

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KANSASROSE67 10/8/2012 8:30PM

    Just caught up with your last few blogs. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you mourn the passing of your Mum. She sounds like an amazing person. I understand the pain of losing parents, but also the peace of knowing they are no longer suffering.


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CODEMAULER 10/8/2012 7:58PM

    Libby, it's the years int eh life but the life in the years. You had a very special woman in your life, and you are carrying on that tradition. I love to read your thoughts and tributes to her!!


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SUSIEPH1 10/8/2012 7:46PM

    Hi Libby Dear,
I am glad you are celebrating your darling mothers life ... and thank you for sharing with us .. May she rest in peace my friend ..
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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/8/2012 7:28PM

    Much love and peace to you and your family emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 10/8/2012 6:55PM

    Please accept my condolences on your loss. My dad passed in 2003 and I think of him every day. Your mom was very lucky to have you as a daughter. I can tell by this lovely blog you have written. Be gentle with yourself. Take care.

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DEBBYNATION 10/8/2012 6:36PM

    I am glad you are celebrating her life & honoring her memory! I lost my Mom to Lung Cancer when she was just 54. I miss her every day yet I am glad she is no longer suffering. We too held a Celebration of Life instead of a funeral. God Bless you & your family as you heal your hearts & go on with life happily as I sure she would want for each of you!

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DOLPHINSINGER72 10/8/2012 6:27PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. She sounds like she was a remarkable woman. Peace be with you.

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