These past few months have been very difficult for us. My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in mid-March and died April 29th. Her memorial service was May 11th. I dropped everything to go and care for her. I was very grateful to Bruce for picking up all the medical care of the horses as well as all his other chores and keeping our household running. I helped my father by going to every doctor’s appointment and trying to absorb the whirlwind ride we were on. The time my sister and I had caring for our mother was precious. My mother’s love of horses from a very young age came from her father, my grandfather, Max Palmer, and is what led me to eventually start a horse rescue. I shared my mom’s love of horses, and the last 24 years she was who I called to talk to about the horses. She understood the medical issues and had great compassion for the horses. She enjoyed coming to the farm and walking around to visit them. Over the years she brushed several of them, and got her “horse fix” by coming here.
About 7 years ago we rescued an abandoned pony that had medical issues. Our son Austin was about 4 years old at the time. This pony named Suey immediately attached herself to Austin. My mother was so taken with their relationship she wanted to help with Suey’s expenses so we could adopt her for Austin. Suey is a very smart pony and I think she always knew my mom helped her. She adored my mother. My mother made her being here possible, and Austin and Suey to this day have a very special relationship. My mom enjoyed helping us with baskets for the silent auction, baking, and with my dad, helping out at our big events. My mother was a very talented artist and quilter, creating beautiful notecards to sell and raise money for the horses.
I am struggling to get back on track; I spoke to her just about every day. I miss that connection with her dearly. She was so humble and kind and had true compassion for so many. She was a gentle soul who is greatly missed by many. She was devoted to her grandchildren and family. We were very blessed to have her as our mother and in our lives. I hope there are lots of horses in heaven, because I am sure she is taking care of them.