Brad came home from the hospital about 4:00 a.m. with the very sad news that his mother had passed away. She was very peaceful in the end, and simply stopped breathing. This whole ordeal over the past 7 weeks just proved too much for her body, I think. It looks like she probably had an ischemic stroke of some sort. I am glad I went up to the hospital earlier in the evening. Though she was unable to talk, we made eye contact, and she knew I was there. At the end, she was surrounded by her devoted husband and 3 of her 4 children. Brad's sister in Ontario did not make it down, since his mom's conditon deterioriated so quickly.
She was a great, funny, courageous, kind, and loving lady. Despite the limitations imposed on her physical body (she had muscular distrophy), she had a broad, generous, and cheerful spirit. We will all miss her terribly.
Rest in peace, dear Charlotte.