2021- Grace Gardens Newsletter

Updated January 18, 2021

Tom and Kathy Rood 1064 Angus Rd
Cell 315.694.0123Penn Yan, NY 14527
E-Mail tom@gracegardens.com Web Site https:/www.gracegardens.com
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It is with great sadness that I am writing to let everyone know that my beloved wife of nearly 62 years passed away quite unexpectedly in September. Kathy had struggled with a hip fracture in March that was still in the process of healing as Grace Gardens opened for the 2020 summer season. Visitors in the garden may have noticed Kathy leaning on her cane as she tended flowers and guests. In early August, the tip of her right index finger turned black & blue becoming very painful. It prevented her from using her right hand and doing things she enjoyed so much, like water-color painting in her spare time. In the process of treating the finger pain, it was discovered in late August that she had advanced late stage metastatic carcinoma. Two days after the diagnosis, she suffered a stroke and loss of speech. Kathy passed away 3 weeks later.

Kathy was a voracious reader and was very knowledgeable about healthy eating, use of herbal and non-traditional medicines and the importance of having a holistic lifestyle. For this reason, her diagnosis of advanced cancer came as quite a shock. I think all of you know that Kathy had strong faith with our Lord. She did not fear death. We were blessed that she was able to spend her final days at the Keuka Comfort Care Home in Penn Yan where she was surrounded 24/7 by her immediately family.

I thank all of you for your kindness shared through prayers, cards, phone calls and contributions to this hospice in Kathy’s memory. She was a very special person who was loved and appreciated by those who knew her. Her kindness to others was evident through her words and deeds. She is very much missed. This becomes even more evident as 2021 unfolds.

After Kathy’s passing, a small family gathering was held in the garden to pray together, share our grief and talk about our memories of Kathy as wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, cousin and friend. I am planning a celebration of Kathy’s life in the garden Sunday July 18. Until then, I wish you all health and happiness as 2020 falls behind and 2021 opens new horizons. I leave you with a parting poem by Rupi Kaur:

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as I wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
in order to bloom                                                                     Kathleen D. Rood

Please come visit Grace Gardens in 2021. Kathy would want the garden to remain open for you and her beautiful daylilies displayed for everyone to enjoy. We are planning to be open with reduced days and hours (details elsewhere in these web pages.). If you are coming from a distance, please call in advance to be sure the garden will be open for your visit (Cell 315-694-0123.) If COVID still with us, mask required in gazebo and 6-foot spacing in garden. Hand sanitizer available.
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