Indeed she was of failing health and the loss was not unexpected.
What makes this a story however is how her only son handled her last days in a nursing home.
You see Mother was an active JW who had chosen virtually no contact with her disfellowshipped son or grandchildren for over 40 years. The local congregation had permanently marked my friend as evil and although few had seen him for decades the group went along with this summary judgement and treated him as less than human.
As Mother lay dying surrounded by several of her fellow believers, my friend reportedly conducted himself with honor and respect, both for his Mother's wishes to have a service at the KH after her passing and also for the beliefs of those gathered in that small room at the home.
In my opinion, my friend showed forgiveness to his enemies in spite of suffering a lifetime of social banishment. He also showed deep respect for a Mother who had abandoned him and his family many years ago.
If there is a God in heaven, I pray he would reward my dear friend ...