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Old 03-17-2014, 06:48 AM   #267
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Maggie I am so sorry and hope and pray Doug comes through all of this and is good as new. I'll be praying for you as well.
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:50 AM   #268
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Maggie, I'm so sorry, I just realized I was not at the end of the topic and now realize that Doug passed away. My heart aches for you and your family.
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:29 AM   #269
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Maggie I am so sorry and hope and pray Doug comes through all of this and is good as new. I'll be praying for you as well.
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Maggie, I'm so sorry, I just realized I was not at the end of the topic and now realize that Doug passed away. My heart aches for you and your family.
Remax gal,

No need to apologize; your posts are not contradictory.

Yes, Doug has passed away, and yes, Doug has come through this as good as new. We will see him down the road.

The Peace of the Lord be with all of you.

Maggie, you have been a tower of strength. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
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Maggie,

I am so sorry for your family's loss. Your lovely words on his life - one so well-lived and loved - is a wonderful testament to him. Remember, in those moments where you may be feeling alone, that he now holds you in an eternal embrace from his place in heaven. Love to you and the family from our Ohana.

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Old 03-18-2014, 06:22 AM   #271
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Found an over-the-counter sleep aid stuck away, took it last night and slept 10 1/2 hours. A good thing.

Neighbors have been over and the obituaries are in the papers today.

Final plans made for the funeral and a light meal after. Hard times bring out the best and worst in people.

I think the little church where the service will be held will be full to bursting. I can't find a picture of it to post. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, and Doug and his family went there when he was small.

The niece in law who is singing at the service will sing the Irish Blessing graveside. It will be lovely. "A simple service for a simple man", Doug would say.

Doing okay here, getting things put away and our little house in order. One of my daughter's close friends came over yesterday, brought me "comfort things for you" she called it. Such a sweet girl.

Getting back to activities of daily living, watched the news last night as we always did. That missing jetliner is incredible. "Build a better mousetrap and the mice get smarter", Doug would say.

So appreciate the love and support from everyone here and elsewhere.

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Maggie:

It is amazing the strength we receive when we are faced with difficult times. I handled the arrangements for both my father and then my mother and when I look back, I know that, although I am a strong person, I was gifted with extra strength during those times. The grief came later.

I have been praying for you and for Doug and hope to meet you when you decide to get back on the road so that I may give you a huge hug.

Be well and be safe.

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Old 03-18-2014, 10:42 AM   #273
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Maggie and family, I just wanted to send my condolences and prayers for you all.
I pray God will comfort you and bring you all peace. Know that as we all grieve differently, Grace is needed.
Sorry you are having to go through this, I will be keeping you in my prayers.
God Bless.
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Old 03-18-2014, 12:23 PM   #274
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Dear Maggie, I am so sorry to learn about Doug's passing. Although we don't know you, we are touched by your loss and wanted to reach out and say how sorry we are. You are a reminder of what is most important in our lives. Take care and we hope to see you on the road sometime. Paula
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Thanks for staying in touch Maggie. Big hugs coming your way.

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Thanks to all.

Doug's daughter composed this...

Obituary information:

... Please join family and friends for visitation Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Beatty Funeral Home in Washington, Iowa. Doug's funeral will be held Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Gracehill Moravian Church in Washington, Iowa. Following the funeral, he will be buried in Gracehill Cemetery next to his father, who left this earthly world the day before Doug's fourth birthday and who Doug loved and missed every day for the past 61 years...
Grace Hill Moravian Church and Cemetery, Washington County, Iowa

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That is the church, and what an extraordinary wealth of information recorded in that video! I have sent the photo and video on to my and Doug's children. Thank you so much for finding that picture and information!

I actually was inside that church some years ago. We went by there to visit the grave of Doug's father and a man happened by who not only knew and recognized Doug but was caretaker and had a key to the church! It has not been in regular use for many years, but well maintained and exactly as Doug remembered it.

The Charlie Hayes mentioned in the video was surely related to Doug, may have been his great-grandfather, I am not certain. The speaker mentioned him being in "the Guard", likely the Home Guard during the Civil War, so he must have been too old or not otherwise physically able to fight, The Hayes people came over to Iowa from Ireland after the second potato famine, Doug has always said.

I have Doug's clothing picked out, including my favorite tie, warm socks and underwear. Doug hated to be cold. We had just bought him a pair of boxers from The Black Dog store, so those are going with him....a little bit of the Miss Lily he fell in love with in spite of himself.

Going to the funeral home today, ordering flowers, meeting with Doug's mother and the pastor, etc.

it is raining, and that is fitting, Doug would say, as "it's raining in my heart".

Thank you all.

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What history!

And I love the nod to Lilly. Not surprising how thoughtful your planning has been. Be well.
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Maggie, I'm so sorry to hear about Doug.... I've followed your posts for so long I feel like I've know you both... my thoughts are with you.. hugs and love to you, gail
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