Lynette Hoppe has left our world. I thank God that her passing was quick and without a lot of prolonged pain and suffering. By all accounts she was cheerful up until the end.
It was a shock for me to see the pictures they put up of Lynette, on the website Pray for Lynette because she looked like she was aging decades each day. Looking at the pictures you could tell that her liver was failing, as her skin was very yellow. But I am so glad to have seen Lynette's life and death, the part of it that I was able to see, because usually death is kept away from us. We don't see death; we only hear creepy stories about it and if we see a body it's all nice and made up by the mortician. The way Paul put it was that in our society, death is seen as shameful. It's the "other" from the youth that our society has as it's ideal.
So I was glad to see Lynette, emaciated and yellow, looking to be about 80 years old (she was in her early 40s, I think) but with that wonderful smile on her face. The people who were with her when she died said that 20 or 30 minutes *after* she died a big smile came onto her face. How extraordinary! But Lynette is just an extraordinary person.
Lynette, your memory will be eternal in the hearts of everyone who knew you. Your life was an inspiration!