“On the 10th of September my beautiful wife Lorna Hill passed away and I just want to express my gratitude to every one of you for the kindness and support you have provided me while dealing with my grief. Here is a short story of my life with Lorna I would like to share.
I met Lorna a long time ago and we did not like each other at first and did not get along. We both went our own way and after a few years later, we met again.
It did not take long for me to see the beautiful and caring person Lorna really was and we became friends. Lorna was going through a hard time in her life, and I friended and helped her. We moved in together and I eventually asked Lorna if she would marry me. Lorna was over the moon of course and could not wait to get married. We had a quiet ceremony with only a few of our family and friends attended.
We have been happily married for 43 years. When Lorna became unwell with health issues, I was by her side supporting and helping her throughout. Lorna was ever so grateful of my support.
In December 2017, Lorna moved into Klemzig Residential Services, needing more care along with the support of our niece by her side. Lorna was not happy at first as she missed me so much, and I missed her too, and we wanted to be together. In January 2018, I soon followed and moved into Klemzig where we shared a room together. The last 4 ½ years was such a pleasure and we really enjoyed each other’s company.
Lorna was a very friendly woman, and her friendly personality drew others to her. She made special friends like Dot (now deceased), Aunty Sue and Gloria, and enjoyed spending time with them. Lorna loved looking nice every day and all her outfits had to match. A visit to the hairdresser every Tuesday was her regular routine, and she couldn’t wait to come back to show everyone her hairstyle. She loved her room and the facility and would always say, “I am so happy here; this is our home and we are one big happy family”.
In the afternoons after activities, she loved going back to her room to watch ‘Tipping Point’ and I was always by her side ensuring she was comfortable and had a Pepsi Max ready for her to drink. Every evening we kept our regular routine where I would give her a kiss goodnight and she gave me a big smile.
Lorna loved her knitting and colouring in and was always proud of her achievements and could not wait to show everyone what she had done. Lorna never liked to show others when she was unwell, she was a fighter and always did her best to get herself up and attend all daily activities.
Lorna was a very special woman who touched everyone’s heart. I am going to miss her dearly, but know she is comfortable and peaceful.
I would like to thank all the staff for all the care you provided Lorna throughout her time at Klemzig and will forever be grateful.
Kind regards, Barry Hill”