In Memory of Judy Edtl
Judy Elaine Edtl
September 29, 1949 – April 11, 2018
Celebration of Life
Sunday, April 29
Orchard's Grill (OGA Golf Course)
2850 Hazelnut Dr, Woodburn, OR 97071
My Mom fought cancer three times in her life – and was fortunate to beat it twice. The final diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer she received 10 years ago was an unbeatable one. Metastatic breast cancer took my Mom’s life on April 11th, 2018.
Cancer never defined my Mom as a person, although it was a very real part of her life for most of my life. More than a cancer survivor or patient, my Mom was a loving mother and wife, a caring and enthusiastic supporter of her students, a dog lover, and a world-class gardener. My Dad and I joked that she loved her plants more than us. But she truly had a gift for bringing the most life out of her flowers and garden. Until the end, my Mom was outside getting her hands dirty, pruning and planting in her backyard.
Thanks to my Dad who cared for her daily – who my Mom referred to as her “nurse” – her actual hospice nurses, and her oncology team at Providence, my Mom was able to make the most of her final days and years. She prepared cookbooks of our favorite recipes, took trips to see family and friends with my Dad in his airplane, went with us to movies, watched my Dad learn to cook beyond the barbeque, worked in her garden, watched the news and read the paper daily, drank plenty of her favorite wines, taught her dog to say “uh huh”, wrapped hundreds of Christmas presents, ate plenty of ice cream, read dozens of books, took up coloring, and made sure that her friends and family knew how much she loved them.
My Mom was able to enjoy life for as long as she did in part because of cancer research supported by Susan G. Komen and other similar cancer research and fundraising organizations. She was given 1-5 years to live 10 years ago, and during that time she tried many different combinations of chemotherapy and immunotherapies, and participated in several different clinical trials. My Mom hoped that her participation in these trials would make a difference someday for someone else.
If you can show your support financially in my Mom’s honor, please consider making a donation to Susan G. Komen so they can continue to fund important cancer research and support patients today and in the future. Breast cancer will affect 1 in 8 women during their lifetime. But hopefully someday, thanks to this research, cancer will be a thing of the past.
You can make a tax-deductible donation online with your credit card by clicking the button above the fundraising thermometer.
I know my Mom made a positive impact on so many, friends, family, and her students. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten. And her impact will continue to be seen for years to come.
Thank you for your support. I’m sure it would mean so much to her to know that you cared as much as she did for all of us.
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