My mother Carolyn Sue Pitts (aka-Sookie) was born on September 6, 1955 and passed away at the age of 50 on July 19, 2006.
A few days from now it will be the 6th anniversary of my mom’s passing. She was 50 years young and the best mom/friend anyone could ask for. Six years ago I was 26 yrs old, married, had a 13 yr old stepson and a 2 yr old son. The day before my mom passed (July 18th) I remember getting a call from my uncle telling me I needed to get to the hospital right away that they’d been there for a while and wondered where I was (the hospital did NOT call me like they were suppose to so I had no idea it was “time”). I left work immediately and made sure my husband could get off work early and get the little one from daycare along with all the other things that needed to be taken care of that night.
I get to the hospital and the entire family is there…..except for my brother and those that lived far (not many). So obviously the time was coming. My brother arrived that evening and he and I sat there for hours. About midnight I decided to go home and get some rest. I’d been up at the hospital just about every day so I was exhausted. Since we didn’t know how soon she’d pass I wouldn’t go up there until around 8 so I could put the little on in bed.
The next morning (July 19th) I get up early and send the little one off to daycare with his daddy and I call the hospital to check on my mom. My brother answered so we chatted for a minute and I told him I’d get some work done, shower, and be there within 2-3 hours. I hung the phone up and as soon as I went to put it on my desk it rang….it was my brother. He was screaming where are you!?!?!?! Where are you!?!?!?! I said I just told you….then it hit me…she was gone!!! My mom was no longer with us. I literally flew to the hospital….my younger brother was there all alone!! I called the family friend and told her to get there asap since she lived and worked so close.
I arrived at the hospital in like 15 min…usually a 30-40 min drive. I don’t speed but that day I did….alot. And for some reason there was no traffic…it was like I said earlier…like I literally flew! I parked the car and ran so fast to my brother and we just hugged. I was finally able to go in and see her…that was so hard!
She passed away from lung cancer. We all knew the day was coming so it wasn’t a surprise but it still hurts just as much. That was her second time to have lung cancer too. The first time I was 16/17 yrs old and she had surgery to have the lower left lobe of her left lung removed….she recovered wonderfully but kept smoking. So we weren’t surprised it came back but not much you can do about that.
My Mom was definitely the BEST Mom you could ask for. She never got to meet Jayson….but I know she’s there with him…he was born 1 day before her birthday….so they’ll always share their birthday!
Here are some of my favorite pics of my mom…I hope you enjoy.