At 12:21pm today my mom, Charlene Delores Sparks, passed away peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her children and loved ones at Florida Hospital, Celebration Health near Orlando, Florida.
She was 62 years, 9 months, and 8 days old.
I am not going to type an emotional blog here – not yet, maybe never. Many of you read my blog for facts about my moms condition and this is, for obvious reasons, the final installment of these updates.
Mom never got rid of the fungal infection. It was, as we feared, unbeatable. It had spread into her heart and heart valves. She had copious internal bleeding. Her lungs gave out and her kidneys shut down. For the past week and a half she had been in a coma and was not responding at all to external stimuli.
She fought a long, hard, fight and not many people could have held on as long as she did. Ultimately, though, her beleaguered body just couldn’t handle any more.
As we finalize the funeral arrangements we will reach out to everyone online and in the real world. Stay tuned for that update.
Thank you all for your love, support, thoughts, well-wishes, and prayers these past few months. My mom was the most amazing woman in the world and she was well-loved and will be missed. Please, keep her in your hearts and in your memory.