Remembrance of a young Bolivian woman, with the desire and dreams of being a nurse and helping the less fortunate.
After nursing school, she helped the Aymara Indians, high in the Andes Mountains in a small village near Lake Titicaca.
She met her American to-be husband, who was a Methodist Missionary in the Ancoraimes Methodist Medical Clinic. This clinic is still operational today, caring for 51 villages in the Ancoraimes area.
But all good things come to pass, and the days left on this earth for this bright Bolivian girl are few. Now 83 and living in Florida, she is dearly loved by family and friends.
A good soul that always wanted to encourage individuality and independence with every person that she met. Supporting education and a women’s advocate.
If we could all leave this earth with having touched as many lives as she has.
Categories: 2013 Project 365, history
Wow, powerful post! I really love reading about individuals who make a difference … Thanks! 🙂
You are so sweet. This is my mom, and I’m heading down to Florida tomorrow. Your kind words will give me strength.
I wish you a pleasant trip … may sound weird, but say Hi to her for me! Take care! 🙂
Not weird at all. Thank you!
What a wonderful woman!!! Thanks for posting!!! An inspiration to all nurses, including myself!!
I had no idea you are a nurse. How wonderful is that! What type of nursing do you do?
I think that your tribute is very touching, however, it makes me sad to hear of your mother’s failing health. Please know that both of you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
You are so very kind, and it has indeed been a difficult few days. She had lots of friends, and it’s been wonderful to see them stop by to give their regards. Thank you so much.
What a lovely post. Have a good trip and best wishes to you and your Mum.
I appreciate your support Mark, and truly will share your good will to Bertha. 🙂
If everyone showed as much humanity to each other as your mom did the world would be a much richer place…give her my best wishes
I barely touched the tip of the iceberg of how much she helped others. She was always a giving soul and asked for nothing in return. Thank you so much for your well wishes.
Beautiful and the experiences she has had and gave to others:)
In spite of the difficult way she brought us up, she taught us so much. Thank you so much for your wonderful support Renee. 🙂
I loved the story, but loved it even more when I saw she is your mom! That is extra sweet 🙂
I hope you have a lovely visit, she sounds like a wonderful woman.
Your words truly have warmed my heart Denise, and I can’t thank you enough. Alas, this is a good-bye visit for her, thus the tribute. So many friends have dropped by this week to pay homage it has been humbling. Thank you so much for being you.
Oh, I’m sorry…I can be oblivious sometimes 😦
It is really wonderful people are coming by while your mom can enjoy the love. I’m glad you are having this time with her, too.
Hugs to you both as you make your way through this.
Tell her you love her. Mom’s eat that stuff up. I still say it to my Mom , although she’s only here in spirit. ❤
I am just catching up with the news of your trip and your Mom, Emily. One can feel the love and the respect you have for your Mom in your writing and these images. And I must tell you that your life and your work DO touch many, many lives, Emily, just like your Mom’s during her life and her work. I am so glad that you are there with her now, the world is so much better for you both… Hugs to the two of you.
Ok..so you made me cry. Thank you so much for your kind and supportive words. I truly appreciate you and your friendship. I’ll be coming to Cape May in the next month and will certainly be knocking on your door. Hugs and have a lovely day.
Bless your dear mom, Emily. You must be so proud to be her daughter. Hugs to you both. xx