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A Tapestry of Love: Remembering Momma's Journey with Alzheimer's

Updated: Mar 9




In the quiet corners of life, where love intertwines with the inevitable, we find ourselves grappling with the bittersweet symphony of existence. Today my mother bid farewell to this world after a protracted tussle with the relentless adversary known as Alzheimer's disease. Today, we weave a tapestry of memories, celebrating a life that left an indelible mark on hearts and minds.


Through the ebbs and flows of momma's battle, I found solace in the unwavering support of a loving stepfather who stood by her side, not just during this final battle but for over three decades. Their journey together was a testament to the enduring power of commitment and love, a saga written in the language of shared dreams and whispered promises.


Alzheimer's is a formidable foe, an intruder that steadily erodes the very fabric of memory, leaving behind fragments of a life once lived. In the face of this relentless adversary, our family forged an unspoken pact – to cherish the moments that remained, to find beauty in the fragments, and to redefine love in the midst of loss.


My mother's laugh, the cadence of her voice, and the warmth of her embrace became cherished relics, preserved in the museum of my heart. Each visit was a tapestry woven with threads of patience, compassion, and resilience. I learned that love is not measured in the grand gestures but in the quiet acts of devotion, in the tender care bestowed upon a soul slipping away into the recesses of forgetfulness.


As I navigate this labyrinth of grief, I reflect on the invaluable lessons etched into the chapters of our shared story. Nothing truly prepares you to say goodbye, yet in that final farewell, I'm discovering the resilience of the human spirit. The tapestry of life is woven with threads of joy and sorrow, and in embracing both, we unearth the richness of our collective experience.


In the twilight of her life, my mother found solace in the love that surrounded her. Our family and friends, a mosaic of personalities and quirks, became her sanctuary. The love she sowed in our hearts became the garden where we found solace and strength. In her departure, we inherit not just the grief of loss but also the legacy of a life lived with unwavering courage and grace.


So, I bid adieu to our family's matriarch, grateful for the gift of her presence and the enduring love that continues to guide us. In the tapestry of our lives, she remains an integral thread, woven into the very fabric of who we are. In the face of Alzheimer's, where memories fade like ephemeral whispers, love prevails as the eternal anthem that transcends time and space.


In the end, as the curtain falls on this chapter, I find solace in the knowledge that love, in all its ineffable beauty, is the one force that endures. Her spirit lives in my heart and the hearts of all who loved Teresa Lynne Arnold Elam.


With sadness and joy,

Catherine

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Mar 11

What a beautifully tribute to your amazing mom, I’ll always cherish the friendship Teresa & I had. I think people meet for a reason good or bad, for me it was definitely GOOD, when I first met your mom, Teresa & I became friends at Tigrett Jr High, at the time we did not know that her grandmother, MiMi ( being a Nurse) was timing my moms labor pains at my dad’s funeral, she was in labor with Me, after finding this out, I not only enjoyed the company of Teresa, but also MiMi, I have known all of the Arnold’s most of my life, very good people…. Prayers for you, Catherine & God Bless 🙏

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Mar 09
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Your words are so beautiful and well said. Pure love.

Thank you for writing what is in your heart.

Her spirit does love on in your heart and all who knew her.

I am grateful that I knew her and am blessed to have you in my life.

Your Aunt Becky

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Mar 09

So beautifully written. I will always remember growing up with you in the house on Lambuth & hiding in the kitchen from the Avon lady knocking at the door. Also how much your momma fussed at us for making too much noise upstairs! And I will always remember when I broke her ice cream cone wind chime. She was another mom to me whether she wanted that task or not simply because we were inseparable growing up. My heart is broken and so very sad but also rejoices knowing she is free from the torture of that awful disease. I love you

Tammy Lynn Webb

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Mar 09
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You are spot on, Catherine! Your Mom always had a smile on her face! She was beautiful inside and out. I don't think she'd have made it this long without the loving care that your stepfather Bobby gave her. He loved her beyond words...and you kids too. Cherish your memories of all the good times. I know she was so ready to go to her heavenly home and be whole again. Your tribute to her is so awesome and would make her so proud. Hugs to you my friend! 💕 Glenda Hodge

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