My stepmother Leona Muller died this week. She was 91 years old and suffered from severe COPD so her death was not a surprise. Although we had planned on stopping in Vancouver Washington to see her the last time we visited our daughter and her family in San Francisco, we headed home instead for what we thought at the time were good reasons. Now we will always regret our failure to make that last visit.
We have many fond memories of the delicious meals Leona prepared for us when we came to California to visit her and my father. The four of us had great fun on the golf course, playing bingo at the Indian reservation casinos and quick trips to Las Vegas and Laughlin.
However, what I am most grateful to Leona for is the way she encouraged my father and I to get to know each other better. Had it not been for her, I doubt I would have ever told him I loved him or heard him say he loved me.
Thank you Leona for you kindness, friendship and most of all for the gift of my father. May you rest in peace.