Ora Matthew first came to our family’s aid to assist with the care of my Grandmother, Dorothy, who was in the advanced stages of Parkinson’s. I still remember the first day we met Ora. She gave off a kind, caring, knowledgeable impression and remained that way each day no matter how tough the situation became. Ora set Dorothy at ease from the moment they met, and possibly more difficult, won over my Grandfather Paul shortly after. Paul was dealing with the harsh reality of letting go of the woman he fell in love with 68 years earlier. Ora was patient and always gave Paul kind words when emotions where running high.
Ora was involved in every aspect of Dorothy’s days and nights. She immediately restored order to a situation that the family was losing their grasp of. Ora showed compassion every day and frequently put her own needs behind the needs of the two most special people in my life.
When Dorothy went to heaven, Ora graciously stayed on to care for Paul until the day when he himself needed to move on. Ora remains one of the most pleasant memories in a very difficult and emotional time. I carry my grandparents with me everyday and when I see Ora in church or town I am reminded not only of them but of the selfless love she showed them making their last years with us more comfortable. I am forever thankful to Ora and the service she provided but also to God for sending Ora to us in His time and plan. In one word, Ora is a gift.