Wilhelmina D. Gaoiran
February 22, 1957 – March 9, 2018
Wilhelmina D. Gaoiran was born on February 22, 1957 and passed away on March 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Wilhelmina D. Gaoiran
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March 21, 2018
If you knew my Auntie Elmee, you would know she had the kindest, most beautiful soul. And even though she had cerebral palsy, she was one of the smartest people that I have ever known. She had a good memory and lived a good, long life. After my papa passed away, my auntie Elmee took good care of my mama and made sure that the two of them were always okay. She loved and cared about everyone around her and will be so deeply missed by my family.
Growing up, I was only able to see my auntie Elmee on family vacations. She would always ask for a recent picture of me to hang up on the wall, above her bed. Up until this day, she kept every single picture I had ever given her. It wasn't until recently that I got to spend more time with her. We would watch TFC together and sometimes I would nap on the couch next to her. She had a great sense of humor. Her laugh was contagious and we even had our own jokes that only the 2 of us understood.
Looking back, I wish I could have done things differently. I wish I could have spent more time with her or been there to make her laugh when things started to get difficult. I wish I could have been there to hold her hand as she took her final breath and to let her know how much I love her.
Auntie Elmee, thank you for loving me as much as you did and for teaching me to live life to the fullest. I am going to miss so much, but I know that you are watching over me. Paradise is yours, Auntie. No more pain, no more suffering. I will carry you with me until we meet again. I'll love you, forever.
March 21, 2018
It seemed that the odds were against my auntie Elmee. She was born with cerebral palsy, and died of terminal lymphoma. However, you'd never know it if you knew her. She was sharp. She had a good memory. She laughed all the time. She was the happiest person I have ever known. She was caring and helpful; she did whatever she could to help my mama and papa around the house, and she worried about my mama all the time. She was generous and giving. She was loving. She had the purest spirit. And, even at the end of her life, she was gracious, funny, and hopeful.
Although it was difficult physically, my auntie Elmee lived a good life. She was and still is a deeply loved member of my family. I didn't get to grow up with her, but I did have the honor of getting to know her as an adult, and take care of her in the last years of her life. As I think back on it now, I wish I could turn back the clock. I wish I spent more time with her. I wish I was more patient with her at times. I wish I was there to comfort her and make her laugh when things were getting hard. But, I know that she pardons me for my regrets, and that she really loved me. That's just the type of person she was.
So, in closing, I don't have specific stories or millions of pictures to share. I just want the world to know who she was to me, and what she has taught me about life. The odds may be against you, but there is always something to be happy about and thankful for.
Rest with the angels, Auntie Elmee. No one is more deserving of paradise than you. I love you, and I'll miss you forever.