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Jane Rogers
1934-2002
 

Joy's special friend, Jane, had a seizure and stroke on Monday at the Rocky Mountain Care Center where we had been visiting her on a weekly basis since mid-April. She was moved to St. Peter's hospital on Tuesday and the family chose to have life support removed on Wednesday. Jane died this morning shortly after midnight.
 
Joy and I visited her yesterday afternoon. When we got there, several family members, including her husband Bob whom Joy and I had met, were standing vigil. I introduced ourselves, through a flood of tears, and they stepped aside to let us near Jane. I sat down in the chair next to her bed and her face was towards me. Joy wanted to get up on the bed badly and I let her just put her front feet up.  I uncovered Jane's hand and Joy sniffed it and then she looked at Jane's face, raised her head and sniffed strongly at the air above Jane's head, lowered her head looking at Jane's face, and then got off the bed and laid down on the floor. After a few minutes, Joy got up and went to each person in the room, let them pet her and then came back to me and put her feet up on the bed again and this time just looked at Jane for a few seconds and then laid down on the floor beside me.
 
Rest in peace, dear Jane. We will miss you.
 
Carlene and Joy

   
   

Leo Dyll
1929-2002

“And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly.  Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration.  Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us.  They existed.  They existed.  We can be.  Be and be better.  For they existed.”  (Maya Angelou)

Joy Visiting Leo
15 March 2002

Jet Visiting Leo Just Prior to Leo’s Death
5 May 2002

Leo was Joy's first therapy dog "client" and we visited him for a couple of months before he died. He always greeted us with a warm smile and immensely enjoyed our time with him. We introduced Leo to a newly registered therapy dog team, Jet and Kim. On the day that Joy and Jet visited Leo for the last time, as we were leaving his room Leo said, "Bless you dears" with that familar but weakened smile. He died about four hours later. Rest in peace Leo and bless you for being part of our lives. ~~Carlene & Joy