This memorial site was created in memory of, Margaret Stones who was born in New Zealand on June 16, 1943 and died peacefully on September 21, 2005 after a long battle with Motor Neurone Disease.
I will always remember you for your strong Christian beliefs and your dedication to the family. Over the years mum built up a huge collection of photographs and kept a constant daily dairy.
She had a love for gardening, cooking, reading and watching old movies. She also had a strong dedication to her Catholic Church community and for many years was a committed member of the parish prayer group. With her husband Terry she ran several courses for engaged couples.
Mum was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease just at the time she was looking forward to enjoying retirement with her books, movies, family and friends. The diagnosis came the day after her 60th birthday party.
The illness first stole her voice, her ability to enjoy her cooking and smell flowers from her garden - but never her sense of humour. Her acceptance of her disease, even though it was a major struggle at times, was amazing and a great lesson to all who were close to her.
Mum was constantly comforted and deeply grateful for all the support she received from her cousins and friends in the last days of her life.
She (and Dad) were also very grateful for the support and advice given to them by the Motor Neuron Association and all the arms that extended from it. She wrote a special diary on her journey with the disease that we hope will help others in their suffering.
When words failed her she kept in constant touch with everybody by the modern marvel of email. It was her last form of communication before the disease claimed her hands.
Always organised, mum planned her own order of service and on the day she died a thumbs up showed she was happy with the final edit.