A tribute to Margaret Joan Stones (1943 - 2005)
 
 
  Margaret Joan Stones
  1943 - 2005
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Forever in our hearts

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.

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Message from Catherine Barclay - Daughter
on:21/09/2006

Can't believe it has been a year already.

Thinking of you heaps today.

Lot's of love
Catherine




Message from Dianne & Joel Goulding - Caregiver
on:21/05/2006

Sorry to hear of Margaret's passing, she deeply touched my heart. Best regards, God bless.

Howick Baptist Caregiver




Message from Pat Druce and Aunty Pam - Cousin and Aunt
on:21/05/2006

Each life is so very precious in this world but none more than the one we have held close to our hearts!
These are the lives that will stay with us forever.

God love and keep you all in his tender loving care. Caring and prayerful thoughts are with you all today.




Message from Sr Mary -
on:21/05/2006

My loving prayer is with you all these days as you celebrate dear Margaret's life and giver into the eternal love of God where she will know no more pain and suffereing. Sister Rose tells me she has been such a valient woman of deep faith which I'm sure each of you will have some cherished memories inspite of her suffering. May you always know Margaret's value in your life journey and let her wisdom continue to speak to you as you adjust to life without her present in the day to day events.

May God's love for you all and for your dear wife, mother and grandmother, console you and help you through these days of letting go.

I remember Margaret as a beautifully caring, gentle mother and am glad our paths crossed in those early St Mark's days. Loving blessings on you all.




Message from Pauline and Kevin - Friends - Napier
on:21/05/2006

Thank you so much for writing to us to inform us of Margaret's passing.

We are so deeply saddened to hear of this and wish to pass onto you and to Mark, Catherine, Maria and their families out sincerest sympathy.

We have special memories of a happier time, when we had out group meetings.  A long time ago now, but remember Margaret as a bubbly gentle and caring woman with a zest for life.

Hold onto your special memories, they will help you through the dark days ahead.

Thinking of you all.




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Brief Tributes to
Margaret

Tribute placed by
Megan Jenkins
on 21/05/2006:

You have done your purgatory here on earth & have been such an example of hope & faith to us all.

Tribute placed by
David & Lynn Stones
on 21/05/2006:

Send our love and support over this time. Margaret's bubbly laugh will always stay in our memory.

Tribute placed by
Pauline and Kevin
on 21/05/2006:

We are so sorry to hear of your loss, thinking of you all at this sad time.

Tribute placed by
Niquita and Shane
on 21/05/2006:

We read your news with great sorrow for you. Margaret was a special woman.

Tribute placed by
Margaret & David Stark
on 21/05/2006:

We have you all in our prayers. Love & blessings.

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