Libbie "Ann" (Rutherford) Scott was born on January 13, 1947. She left our world on a Saturday morning (garage sale day), April 19, 2008. Her family is pretty sure she got to Heaven just in time for the next Bingo game.
In her final hours, she informed her family that if we decided to have a funeral, we better make sure she wasn't there. This statement is just a small example of the humor that she maintained right up until the end of her battle with cancer.
At Ann's request, her body is being donated to science and no funeral will be held. She wanted her children to memorialize her in words, instead.
Our Mom had many family members, friends, and medical caregivers that meant so much to her. We have chosen not to specifically state who she "left behind," because we know she would hate it if we left someone out. Just please be reassured that she thought of you all during her final days. She said to tell everyone that she loves them, and not to be sad, because she's going to a better place, with no pain.
Her family would like to particularly thank all of the caregivers that helped Ann out through the years. (We would also like to apologize if you gained a bunch of weight from all the chocolates and candy she used to thank you with during her hospital stays.)
The tender care she received during her time at Freeman Healthcare in Joplin and Medicalodge in Fort Scott was totally first class, and we can't begin to express what a blessing it was to have the help of Hines Hospice.
So many people played an important role in our Mom's life and her memories with each of you were special to her. So, please, find a way to honor her life in a way that you know she would have loved.
As for us, we will remember how much she enjoyed garage sales, playing Bingo, and shopping for bargains. We will also remember how she reflected on the happiness she found in going fishing during her healthier years. (Perhaps this is why her death bed was visited by an angel, her recently passed pet, and a catfish!)
During our Mom's years of better health, she had natural red hair, perfect white teeth, and long gorgeous fingernails. She was a wonderful cook, baking specialties like cookies, cobblers, and crescent rolls. She was also known for being an excellent seamstress and amazing cake decorator. She knew how to stretch a dime into a dollar, and was easily entertained. She got a kick out of watching Cops and Jerry Springer on TV, because she said it made her life look normal.
Our Mom's life was probably anything but normal, but I'm sure we're all glad to have shared it with her.
In as much pain as she was, the last couple months of her life were probably some of her favorites because her husband of almost 25 years lavished her with constant attention and adoration. Thanks, Russ!
True to our mom's humor, she wanted us to write a "killer ending." So, here you go, Mom: Since you can't debate this with us any more, let it stand to say: "We ALL loved YOU the most!"