Chris’ mom died on October 19. She was diagnosed with colon cancer about a year ago; it was first found in her liver, but started in her colon. It was recently discovered to have spread to part of her spine. She was so brave, receiving chemo treatments every 2 weeks, then every 3 weeks, then radiation. She even continued to work most of that time. She rarely complained of pain, although I’m sure it was rather unbearable at times. In the weeks leading up to her death, it was clear that she was getting weaker. She and Chris were able to spend a lot of time together- he took such good care of her. His half-brother Jim came and stayed a week with her at the end of September, so she got to enjoy time with both of her sons. And she was a proud grandma. She loved Baby Jack, and delighted in holding him. I told my mom that I was sad that Jack won’t know her, and she told me it’s okay- Pat got to know Jack.
She was a remarkable woman who saw the world in her life. The difference she made to so many was clear by the standing room only service we had to celebrate her life. We miss her very much, but are relieved that she is with Dad and Grandma in Heaven now, and is no longer suffering from the nasty cancer.
Here is her obituary from The Oklahoman.
Patricia McCord, 72, died Monday, October 19, 2009 in Oklahoma City, after a yearlong battle with cancer. She was born March 23, 1937 in Montreal, Canada. She was employed at the VFW Oklahoma Headquarters for 36 years. Patricia was preceded in death by her mother, Yvonne McCord and husband, John Q. McCord. She is survived by two sons, Jim Brown and wife Grace of Sacramento, CA, Chris McCord and wife Celena of Oklahoma City; one grandson, Jack; two step-granddaughters, Irene and Christina. Patricia was a special lady with a lot of spunk, a kind heart and ability to make everyone laugh. She will be greatly missed. A celebration of her life will be held Friday, October 23 at 11am at Old Trinity of Paseo, 3000 N. Lee.