My mother passed away this morning at 6:40, with me and my dearest sister-friend Jenn at her side. Her breathing had gotten very hard, like she was climbing a mountain. But this morning something changed. As we looked at her, she opened her eyes, took one last breath and stopped. A look of softness came over her. It was one of the most profound experiences of my life, and I am still processing it.

Right now I am in a daze—going through the motions of making preparations, contacting people, etc.

For those who are interested here is the information about her services:

Friday, February 8 at 7 PM—Rosary

Claffey & Rota Funeral Home

1975 Main Street, Napa, CA


Saturday, February 9 at 12 Noon—Funeral

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church


960 Caymus Street, Napa, CA


Followed by burial at Tulocay Cemetery, 411 Coombsville Road, Napa, CA

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