Note: Since the death of her husband Carl, Nellie has been slowly going down hill. In 1995 and 1996 she suffered several strokes, and they have left her in a diminished state of thought. At times she is childlike, and at others she is very maternal.
During the summer of 1996 Nellie had fallen and broken her hip. And again in September she had fallen, and re-injured the hip. I am glad that nothing more serious has happened. No matter what state she is in, the family still needs her around. As an in-law I need her around also, I enjoy the visits with her as well as her smiles.(K.Levett Feb.1997)
Here it is June2, 1997, and Nellie still is with us. On Mother's Day Patricia and Valerie (Daughter and grand-daughter), and I (Ken Levett) went to dinner at Bonnie Castle Resort in Alexandria Bay. Great view of several islands, as well as Boldt Castle. The meal was fantastic, and all you could eat. We all enjoyed the HUGE strawberries. As time progresses Nellie is slowly getting worse mentaly. I'm sure it is Alshiemers Disease just by the way she does things and the way she reacts to situations.
February 1998 - Nellie Congdon Thibault passed away in the Madonna Home in Watertown, NY 13601.
July 18, 1998: Today is the memorial service for Nellie Josephine Congdon Thibault - April 27, 1914 - Febuary 25, 1998
On a card that Cynthia, wife of Freeman Thibault, hade made for the service the inside reads:
Celebration of Thanksgiving for the life of NELLIE JOSEPHINE CONGDON THIBAULT July 18, 1998
GREETING OPENING PRAYERS READINGS FROM THE HOLY SCRIPTURES First Lesson: Old Testament Second Lesson: New Testament TWENTY THIRD PSALM HOLY GOSPEL PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION PEACE HYMN How Great Thou Art SHARING MEMORIES THE LORD'S PRAYER CLOSING PRAYERS POEM Safely Home HYMN Amazing Grace The Poem: SAFELY HOME
Iam home in Heaven, dear ones; Oh, so happy and so bright! There is perfect joy and beauty In this everlasting light. All the pain and grief is over, Every restless tossing passed; I am now at peace forever, Safely home in Heaven at last. Did you wonder I so calmly Trod the valley of the shade? Oh! but Jesus' love illumined Every dark and fearful glade. And He came Himself to meet me In that way so hard to tread; And with Jesus' arm to lean on, Could I have one doubt of dread? Then you must not grieve so sorely, For I love you dearly still: Try to look beyond earth's shadows, Pray to trust our Father's will. There is work still waiting for you, So you must not idly stand; Do it now, while life remaineth - You shall rest in Jesus' land. When that work is all completed, He will gently call you Home; Oh, the rapture of that meeting, Oh, the joy to see you come! Some interesting things about Nellie:
She would do anything that had a practical outcome - Baking Cooking - "Carl, go get two more leaves for the table." Hook rugs, crochet, raising canaries, and she loved to play cards. (Usually won at bridge). She played anything. She always played the favorite games of the people who visited her home, or the people that she visited.
Parchesi - "Sorry, aggravation."
On fishing - Caught the most. "You're not holding your mouth right."
Never had any prejudicial comments that the family ever heard.
On different religions - "They just go to a different church."
Always said - "You can do anything you set your mind to."
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