Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Eulogy to Mom

Wilhelmina Hanna Phillips (1917 - 2011) quietly passed away in her sleep a few minutes before 3pm on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Her planned 94th birthday party was not celebrated on May 9 due to critical illness.

Cause of death was complications of the surgery performed May 11, 2011, attempting to correct the cause of her critical illness. At her request, no further surgery was performed in an attempt to resolve the complications; the best resulting physical condition was not acceptable to the patient and further major surgery itself held a low survival prognosis.

Wilhelmina changed her name in when she was married, in the early 1930's. (Her married name is with-held to protect the privacy of herself and her family.) She changed her name legally in the 1960's, from "Wilhelmina Hannah" to "Mina", because she was known familiarly by friends and family as Mina (to rhyme with "Myhana", not "Meena"; she was insistent upon the correct pronunciation).

Mina's husband, Vernon, proceeded her in death in December of 1994 after more than sixty years of marriage.

Mina is survived by two children (Shirley, of Eugene Oregon and Jerry, of Corvallis Oregon). Other survivors include four grandchildren, about 22 great-grandchildren, and a mixed Shi Tsu / Lhasa-Apso named Bogie.

All of the surviving members are now struggling to re-envision their own lives without the love of the woman they knew variously as Mom, Mina, Nana and (in Bogie's case) a gleeful "Woof!".

A private celebration for family and invited friends is planned for June, when goodbye wishes will be inked on helium filled balloons, which will then be released to follow her soul to heaven.

For EPA definition purposes, the withered remains of these balloons will be classified as "free-range prayers".

Environmentalists who wish to protest these arrangements may apply directly to Mom, c/o God, in Heaven.

Unsuccessful protests may be adjudicated by Satan; travel by POV is authorized, and encouraged.

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