For as long as I can remember, my Gran has been there. On Wednesday, and in the presence of her husband Jim, Gran took her final breath. She had suffered from dementia for more than 10 years and all she knew in the end, was Jim … her true love and life long partner.
Gran and Pa have resided at the Anglesea Nursing Home for the past 5 years, and at a hostel in Frankston for a decade prior to that. It is sad to see a family member’s mind and body deteriorate so progressively and it’s been really tough on my mum (Jessie), Sheena’s only daughter.
Over the past 10 years, Gran’s death has been predicted by medical specialists at least a dozen times before. Her ability to survive against the odds is legendary. And despite her cognitive and physical frailty, it seemed that Gran would outlive us all!
Gran’s passing was peaceful and dignified. Huge thanks goes to all the staff and volunteers who have cared for Gran and Pa at the Anglesea Nursing Home.
Family and friends will gather in Queenscliff next Thursday to celebrate the life of a true Scot, a traveller and a woman who knew how to throw a party! Gran and Pa were trailblazers when they migrated from Scotland to live in Mount Beauty in Victoria’s high country back in the 50’s.
My mum put these words together this morning …
Jean (Sheena) Galloway (28/11/1924 – 9/2/2011) passed away peacefully @ the Anglesea Nursing Home. Adored & loved by Jim, her husband. Much loved mum to Jessie & Donald & Graham. Loved Gran to Geoff, Janette, Clayton & Ingrid and Great Gran to 5 little blighters! And as a true Scott Gran always said … “It’s a braw bricht moonlicht, nicht t’ nicht”.