Colleen's Journey

The Walk Home….

Dearest family and friends –

We have reached the point in mom’s journey that she is no longer able to receive visitors. Mom told her doctors this morning she would really prefer for the house to be quiet and calm. Her symptoms are increasing and the nurses are working very hard to keep her comfortable. We have reached a point of continuous care nursing and the girls and I are limiting our time in her room. The chaplain has encouraged us to please respect our mom’s wishes and privacy as she finishes her journey.  She asks that you save your energy to support us after her passing.  We understand this is difficult and painful (it is for us too). If you need to talk, the social worker and chaplain are available to meet you. Please call 602-279-0677. We encourage you to use them as a resource. They have been wonderful to our mom and our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your prayers.

The Drury Girls
  • Esther Gillett

    Your mom and your entire family have been and continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant you all of you the strength to accept what cannot be changed, all the while knowing that your mom is loved so very much by everyone who has had the pleasure of knowing her. Hugs and kisses to all of you.

  • Kathy Wilson

    Drury Girls, I prayer Moms Journey home is peaceful, and pain free. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. The Wilson family, Mike, Kathy and Lauren

  • Kathy Thompson

    Thinking about you all and sending prayers of strength, courage, peace, comfort and hope. You girls are a true reflection of your wonderful, beautiful strong mother.

    Kathy Thompson

  • Sue Erhard-Knick

    May your mom be peaceful and fully know how much she is loved as she finishes her journey. The grace and dignity that Colleen and her family has shared with us all, has been a blessing to all who love you. Love & prayers are sent to all of you.

  • Kathy Ulrich

    No need to wait until after she is gone to know you are all supported. Colleen will live on through all of you – her beauty multiplied.

    Kathy Ulrich

  • Kathy Ulrich

    I have taken the liberty of sending you this wonderful Mary Oliver poem because I think this is exactly how your mother has lived her life. She will not need ” to wonder
    if I have made of my life something particular, and real.” tbhe world is a better place because of her.


    When Death Comes

    When death comes
    like the hungry bear in autumn
    when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse

    to buy me, and snaps his purse shut;
    when death comes
    like the measle-pox;

    when death comes
    like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,

    I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering;
    what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?

    And therefore I look upon everything
    as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
    and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
    and I consider eternity as another possibility,

    and I think of each life as a flower, as common
    as a field daisy, and as singular,

    and each name a comfortable music in the mouth
    tending as all music does, toward silence,

    and each body a lion of courage, and something
    precious to the earth.

    When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
    I was a bride married to amazement.
    I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

    When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
    if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
    I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened
    or full of argument.

    I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

    ~ Mary Oliver ~

    (New and Selected Poems, Volume I)

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  • Kathy Priester

    Drury girls…
    Although my time spent with your family was so brief, I was still taken by the amount of love I felt in the room; The love taught to you by your beautiful mom. This journey you are sharing with her might be the most important of your lives, you are bringing her home, surrounding her with all the love she has given you. I can’t imagine a sweeter path to heaven. From all the posts I’ve read, it is obvious just how adored your mom is, by family, friends and even nurses…Colleen Drury, the richest woman in town…
    Keeping your family close in my heart,
    Kathy Priester

  • Jen Suggitt

    Thinking of you every day. May God give you strength, comfort, and peace.

  • Billie Andersson

    Dear Drury girls,
    Your mom meant so much to me. I wish I had been able to spend time with her over the years. Our distance was far, but she was ALWAYS on my mind. She is truly a person to be emulated. She certainly was graceful and beautiful. Her smile and strong will give inspiration to everyone. You were her world and I can tell from reading on this blog that she was yours. Your children were blessed to have such a caring grandmother and you were given the gift of a rich person. She knew how to live in this world and she will be watching as you continue with your lives. We will all miss her but she will never be forgotten. Her blessings are many and I am glad she was a small part of my life. May her memory be eternal.