I remember well the last days of her fulfilled life of 85 years. God answered our prayers and I was able to keep her in our home until she died. Her oncologist, Jane Huang, MD, ordered Hospice Home Care for her. That was a God-send for sure. Visiting nurses, a social worker, a tech, and a chaplain were assigned to take care of Melvine. A medical doctor oversaw her care and and medications. Of course, I had my assignment and that kept me busy both night and day. I gave her her medicines, checked her blood sugar and blood pressure daily and kept a record of it.
Greg would come home on Fridays, and stay until Monday to help me care for his mother. At that time, Greg was teaching music in the McDuffie Middle School in Thomson, GA, near Augusta.
The day before she died, our pastor and his wife (Terry and Pam Kesling) were visiting, as well as Bonnie Bender and Jeanette Phillips. Bonnie, a retired nurse, was giving Melvine liquid morphine to kill the increasing pain from the ovarian cancer that had spread throughout her stomach, as well as other parts of her body.
Bonnie started singing the song, "Jesus, Jesus, there's just something about that Name." We all joined in to sing with her as well as Melvine with her strong but melodious alto voice. When we finished singing, Melvine began to pray in the Spirit in tongues, a beautiful flowing language, given her at that moment by the Holy Spirit. We all felt like heaven had come down and glory filled our souls. I can tell you that no one present will every forget that time of praise and worship in the presence of God.
The next day Melvine looked at me with her beautiful dark brown eyes as she lay in our king-size bed and said, "Hugh, I love you will all my heart." What a tender moment that was because I knew she meant it. I responded by telling her that I love her, too, and was grateful for her love, faithfulness and care of me for almost 60 years. It was a moment of truth and love and we were blessed. A few minutes later she died. I spoke to her and told her again that I love her and released her soul and spirit to go to be with the Lord. She died with in moments as she breathed her last breath. She was gone to heaven in a flash. The Bible says, "Absent from the body, and to present with the Lord" (2 Cor. 5:8).