You harnessed solitude and built a home on a property and lived near animals that migrated through Yellowstone Park before the onset of winter.
While on the road to recovery, you always showed humanity towards others.
Photos of your cancer tumors are dwarfed by your belongings that bespeak hope and focus, key elements that helped give you more years on earth than science and data anticipated.
You didn't hide from cancer nor your deepest fears. You faced challenges with courage.
You always reassured loved ones before going into surgery.
You were nomadic as long as your dogs could join you. You never liked being away from them for long.
Listening to your son play and sing was meditative.
You brought humor and profundity to a wig appointment.
You were stylish and could find or compose a special outfit wherever you went.
You admired those that were truthful amidst adversity. You demonstrated this in your life.
You walked for your departed mother, close friends and their children, and yourself.
Witnessing cruelty and neglect towards animals hurt you. We passed this horse entangled in a barbed wire fence while driving on the highway. You freed the animal from the wire. Your upbringing around horses in the rural south was evident.
Treatment over the course of nearly fifteen years wore on you, but you never gave up hope. You were one of your oncologist's senior patients. You furthered Ovarian Cancer research.
You lived each day with purpose.
Most buyers didn't understand the design of the fireplace until one did. You always maintained unique and uncompromising vision in your projects.
Your awareness of composition was astounding. You superimposed these individual paintings onto a slab of marble, making them into a single work of art supported by wire.
Your happiness is in this simple arrangement.
Rest was important during treatment. Your bedroom was your sanctuary.
One could get lost in your pantry or inspired to take on new culinary challenges.
You favored warm weather but tolerated cold when you had to move back to the east coast to receive treatment. You were a soldier.
You always watched over your loved ones.
Another kiss planted on your granddaughter's cheek.
Your inquisitiveness kept you eternally young.
I feel you're nearby, Mom.
Your indelible smile still shines.
Les E. Thiele 1950-2015