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Celebration of a wonderful woman, my mum.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

R.I.P. Antonia Boskemper Barvich Wescombe.

2nd of April 1928 - 4th October 2012

Antonia my darling sweet mother.

Thank you for taking a risk and coming all the way to Australia to live. I have had a privileged life in having you as my mother. There were times when we did not see eye to eye, but you ALWAYS had my back.

You organised a French tutor for me when I was struggling with French.

You had me repeat a year at high school as you knew I had potential!

You designed the new high school summer uniform! before that we did not have one!

You volunteered for the soup kitchen in winter so we could all have a warm cup of home made soup at lunch time to warm our bellies.

I remember coming home after dropping out of College to go and do my nursing training and I was able to help look after our new little sister.

That new little sister left Queensland to come home to help our step dad look after you as your health failed.

You have been in pain for so long now, I have difficulty remembering when you did not have pain.

I am so glad you went back to Holland several times and we came with you in 2000!

Thank you for being MY MUM. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Hope you are in a happier place. xoxoxox

My sister called me this afternoon and informed me that mum had passed away. I was so happy that she was finally pain free. emoticon

My other sister who had flown interstate got there just in time to be with her. So my step dad and 2 sisters were there as she passed.

I have wonderful memories and I am going to look for photos that may be used in a presentation for the funeral.

Both my son, husband and I are going to go to the funeral , my daughter is not sure if she can handle it. She has time to think about it, as she can go over with her brother a few days later.

I have just spoken with my youngest sister and she is doing OK. It is her youngest daughter's 11th birthday today, so when Helen came home she was able to keep her emotions together and they celebrated her birthday and she will be told tomorrow that her Nana passed away . It has been expected, so won't be a shock.

My dad and his second wife also came to the Nursing Home and said their goodbyes.

I wasn't able to finish my documentation for today, it all got popped into the filing cabinet and I will deal with it tomorrow.

Please enjoy some snippets from the past. Thank goodness my dad was into photography!

Walking along the train track with mum .

At the beach in Strahan , West Coast of Tasmania, Australia.

Mum has been fishing and caught a trout! I don't seem to be all that impressed!

Years later, at my sister's wedding.

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    Losing a loved one is always hard. Your mom must have been an exceptional woman. Celebrate the times you shared with her. emoticon
    2057 days ago
    What a beautiful dedication to your Mother. Even her name was awesome. Thank you for sharing, Pat emoticon
    2057 days ago
    emoticon you have brought tears to my eyes and I never met you or your mum. Thank you for sharing some sweet memories of her. I love those pictures too. Take care. emoticon
    2059 days ago
    This is such a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman! She is at peace, and pain-free. All those memories you have of her will live on through you and your gorgeous family. xo
    2060 days ago
    Condolences on your loss, Libby. Your mother sounds like she cared deeply for her family and worked through many hardships to make your lives as nice as possible, the kind of lady all mothers should be like. May peace fill your hearts during this difficult time and happy memories fill your souls during the sad times. emoticon -- Lou
    2060 days ago
    I'm so sorry for your loss Libby. Thank you for sharing the beautiful
    tribute and the photos. At least, she is not in pain anymore. I am glad
    that everyone went to the nursing home to say their goodbyes.
    Thinking of you and your family. emoticon emoticon
    2060 days ago
    Hi Libby,

    Sorry you haven't heard from me...somehow I haven't been getting blog notifications! Condolences on your loss - I hope your dear Mum is at peace and for all of you it is a blessing that she is no longer in pain. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tribute with us of a very special lady who will live on in all your hearts.

    Thinking of you and sending big hugs, Nattacia

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    2060 days ago
    Beautiful tribute to you Mum Libby. Fortunately I still have my mom and 93 year old mother in law, but my dad passed away 2 1/2 years ago. He had Parkinson's for awhile and it was so hard to watch him deteriorate. Take care.
    2060 days ago
    I too am so sorry for your loss, but memories are so wonderful, I lost my Mom 22 years ago, and I do not think there is a day that goes by that I don't think of her, and smile.
    2060 days ago
    I am very sorry for your loss! Your mom sounds like a wonderful woman!! emoticon
    2060 days ago
    Ohh Darling Libby !! What a lovely tribute to your wonderful mum ..
    I am so glad she is finally out of pain.
    Kow that my love and thoughts are with you all at this so sad time..
    Much love Colin Susie and family . emoticon emoticon
    2060 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady. May she rest in peace and may God comfort you.
    2061 days ago
  • _LINDA
    So very sorry for your loss :( That is awful to hear she has been suffering for a long time :( It was the same for my grandmother -she languished in a nursing home for 20 years, completely paralyzed and in constant pain and unable to do anything, it was a blessing when her suffering finally ended. But it doesn't make the hurt of her loss any easier.
    Love these photos -its wonderful you have these cherished keepsakes. Feel free to share your wonderful memories and photos of your time together any time I would enjoy seeing them!
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    2061 days ago
    Sometimes I read your blogs or status and don't comment, but today I must do so. It is so hard to lose your mother. Doesn't matter how old you are, she's still your mom, or mum :) I really feel for you and I'm glad you were able to write about it here and to share some of your precious photos and memories. I hope your daughter decides to go with you to the funeral. It's important to process those painful feelings. Be well, and take care!
    Carol (Cellista)
    2061 days ago
    What an amazing woman to have in such an important role in your life. My thoughts remain with you and your family. Celebrate the times and memories; it sounds like she was an amazing Mom!!

    2061 days ago
  • ELAYNE39
    So sorry about the loss of your mother. Cherish the memories and all the wonderful things she brought to your life!
    2061 days ago
    I'm so sorry for your loss. And I love that last picture - so heartwarming!
    2061 days ago
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