This is a tribute of gratitude to a lady you might know. She was a member of the nursing staff at your local hospital.
A long- time resident of Indianola, Nora Ellen Weeks was “Mom” to four children. These children are now productive professionals in their own fields of endeavor.
When her nursing career ended, her role as a comfort provider continued. She sat with the homebound elderly, became a companion for the lonely, and provided a listening ear for the bereaved.
Eleven years ago, my wife was in the final stages of hospice. Cancer had taken its toll. Ellen came to our home to be with her Aunt Martha during that time. For those precious two weeks, Ellen was more than a nurse. She attended to household chores and provided meals for me and any visitors, while providing the special care that can only be given by a loving niece.
She kept us updated on Martha’s condition. She accurately predicted the days remaining, preparing each of us for the impending loss. She was determined to make the inevitable event as dignified and as holy as possible.
Ellen found no pleasure talking about her experiences of servitude. She did not boast about her kindness. Information of such was usually learned from the recipient. She lived the biblical teaching of Matthew 6: 1 through 4.
Nora Ellen Weeks died in her sleep on December 24, 2021. Christmas Eve.