As some of you may have heard my mom Shirley Ann Workman passed away this week. She was 69.
We had hoped that her recent vascular surgery and dialysis would help get her back on her feet and out of the hospital. It was just too late and over the weekend her body began to shut down. The doctors prepared my family for what was to come. She had been in the hospital for over a month and a half and had good days and bad days, but her body had just been through too much. Monday everyone tried to make her comfortable and we thought we were going to lose her. We told her we loved her and she said the same to us and that she was blessed to have her family surrounding her. She was lucid and we cracked some jokes between crying and praying and taking turns holding her hand or feeding her. It was great to see her have an appetite and everything tasted wonderful to her- especially the mushroom Swiss burger she’d been craving since she was admitted to the hospital. Nicki and I left late that night. I hugged and kissed mom I told her to get some sleep and that I’d see her tomorrow. I had overheard her ask my youngest sister LaDonna if it was okay for her to go, and if she would get in trouble. LaDonna told her it was fine and she should try to go to sleep. I didn’t want my mom to leave us, but she had suffered enough. That night I prayed that God would take her, and he did. She passed away the next afternoon with my sisters there with her. Unfortunately as usual I was late and I didn’t arrive in time, which will be one of my biggest regrets.
Mom’s visitation will be today/Thursday from 5-8pm and the funeral service will be Friday at 1pm at Trinity Baptist Church, 7200 Swinnea Road in Southaven, MS. There will also be a shot graveside service Friday at Twin Oaks Cemetery on Goodman Road in Southaven. In lieu of flowers a bereavement fund has been set up at Trinity Baptist Church to help cover final expenses.
Mom, thank you for all you sacrificed raising us, for all you’ve taught me your support over the years, and mostly for all the love you showed us all. I love and miss you very much.