Pasted from my email.
"I found your email addresses on Mom's email program, so I hope this goes through ok.
I understand that Allan let you know that Mom passed away this morning, and that the funeral director talked with you.
Here is the obituary that we are putting together for the different papers. It may change slightly, but this is very close to what will be published. If you see anything that needs to be changed, please let me know asap.
The initial assessment of Mom's cancer showed that she had cancer in both lungs, a rib, her pelvis, her shoulder, on the adrenal glands, and on the tip of the pancreas. They also found that she had two blood clots in her right leg.
Mom cycled up and down several times while she was taking chemo. She was trying to keep it very hush-hush while she was selling the house in Thief River. Between the chemo, the cancer, and whatever else might have been going on she declined very rapidly. She was in the hospital for 6 days after the first chemo treatment, and went in last Tuesday after the 3rd treatment. They did a CT scan to see if the chemo was working at all, and found that she had a blood clot in one of her lungs.
Mom decided that enough was enough, and decided to go into hospice last Friday. She was better on Saturday, Sunday, and most of Monday. Tuesday morning when I talked to her she was ready to go. She was in some pain, and wanted some drug relief. Tuesday night about 10pm they called me to say that her breathing had changed, and that she was becoming unresponsive. I stayed with her overnight, and she passed this morning at about 11 am.
She loved the hospital, the doctors, the nurses, and the hospice staff. They kept her comfortable, and the end came quickly when it was her time.
I hope this gives you some idea of how Mom passed.
This is the long version that will be customized for the various papers:
Leona J Muzzy, 74, of Thief River Falls, MN, and Cedar Falls, IA, died Wednesday, June 2, at Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo, IA.
Leona was born to Henry and Bessie (Haggerty) Madison, December 7, 1935 in Nebish, MN. Leona graduated from Bemidji High School and from Teacher Training at Thief River Falls. She taught school in Grygla for several years. She married Erwin Muzzy in June 1955. They farmed north of Thief River Falls. In 1969 they moved to Argyle, MN, where they owned and operated the John Deere dealership until 1981. They wintered in Florida for a number of years, returning to Thief River Falls for the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Erwin died in 2002. Leona spent the balance of her summers in Minnesota, and her winters in Iowa.
Leona enjoyed working with the Northland Threshing Bee in Strathcona, MN, and quilting with the Piece Makers at First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Falls, IA. She had been active in the Thief River Falls American Legion Auxiliary and the Community Theater.
Leona is survived by four children: Norman (Melissa) Muzzy (Cedar Falls, IA), Karen Rhine (Phoenix, AZ), Steven (Shaun) Muzzy (Thief River Falls, MN), and Shari Benson (Florida). She is also survived by seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin, two brothers (Ernie Madison and Dale Madison), one sister (Mae Dufseth), and her parents.
Memorial services will be held at United Methodist Church of Thief River Falls on Sunday, June 6, at 2 pm and at First Presbyterian Church of Cedar Falls on Tuesday, June 8, at 10 am."
I said goodbye to her over the phone minutes before she went. I am also unavailable to attend her funeral.