I knew it was coming, but that didn't stop the tears when I read this e-mail from Betsie Gallardo's mother, Jessica Bussert:
This morning at about 10:00am, Betsie Gallardo Bussert passed away. She was surrounded by her parents and her siblings, and the room was simply filled with love. Over the past few weeks Betsie was able to visit with family and friends, walk on the beach, go out to a movie, go shopping, and attend church. She was free and happy and she was blessed in a thousand ways. When the time finally came she was at peace and out of pain. We held her hands and prayed with her up until the last.
A memorial Mass will be held at St. Agnes Church, Nashville Indiana, on Sunday February 6th at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, please offer gifts directly to either of the two hospice services that provided so much care to Betsie and our family. Their contact information can be found below.
Hospice of Bloomington Hospital
619 W. 1st Street
Bloomington, IN 47403
Catholic Hospice of Miami
14875 NW 77 Avenue
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
My heart goes out to Jessica. She has lived through every mom's worst nightmare and did so with style and grace; at every moment Jessica demonstrated a mother's unending love for her child. I know that her love will keep Betsie's memory alive and I'm sure Betsie does too.
I know I'll never forget Betsie Gallardo.