Loss of a Respected Elder, mother, grandmother and friend

Sadly after a brief fight with cancer, my mother Palidia Meekis took her last breathe in the early hours of Saturday, September 8th, 2001. She went home to join my father in the arms of an angel leaving behind seven daughters (Marita, Bertha, Noreen, Colleen, Erma, Janina and Wanda) and two sons (Bob and Robby) as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren too many too mention. The funeral was held on Monday September 10th, 2001 at 1:00 pm in the Deer Lake Full Gospel Church followed by the United Church beside where she was buried. My mother was the greatest, she loved us all unconditionally and taught us to be strong. She will be greatly missed and I know it's going to be tough for awhile but it gives us comfort that where she is, she's happy and whole. This poem was on the card at her funeral: as well as my dad's first memorial earlier this year: The Broken Chain We little knew that morning God was going to call your name In life we love you dearly, in death we do the same it broke our hearts to lose you you did not go alone for part of us went with you you left us peaceful memories your love is still our guide and though we cannot see you you are always at our side Our family chain is broken and Nothing seems the same but as god calls us one by one The chain will link again This poem touched my heart because our family has lost someone every year in the last three years. The message I have for all is not to take your family for granted, tell them you love them. You never know what the tomorrows may bring. Last but not least, I would like to thank all that assisted us with the meals, transportation, support, singing, volunteers during the wake and the funeral. and to the Sandy Lake, North Spirit Lake, Keewaywin, Cat Lake, Koocheching people for coming to be with us as well as the Chief and Council of Deer Lake. Rest in Peace Mom August 23, 1942 - September 08, 2001