Elizabeth Ann Lydecker 4-19-1938- 12-25-2013 My mom
by Kathleen Lydecker
Mom on the left. I love you mommy.
My mom "Betsy" was greatly loved by everyone she knew. My entire family feels blessed to have known and loved her. Mom always loved having people around, and she especially loved her grandchildren. Mom could cook one great meal no matter when she cooked. Whenever she was around she created laughter, a sound that still echoes in my memory. There are no words to describe just what she did for me or what she was for me. Honestly I don't know where I would be without her, she was my hero.
On December 25th 2013 mom passed away of septic shock due to an accidental puncture of her esophagus by her cardiologist, who was doing endoscopy for a routine TEE test. My brothers, sister and I were forced to make a tough decision to stop medications which were keeping her alive due to complete organ failure. On Christmas 12:53 AM mom died. I held her hand as her heart beat its last, just as she held me once as I took my first breath.