To the Editor:
My mom, Mary Zimmerman, died on Sept. 4; she was 87. She was an outstanding person and family matriarch and lived a model life of moderation. Many knew her in the community and her obituary (an ad) was in last Sunday’s KDH.
I wanted to share a little more information about her death.
She wanted to be cremated and she wanted a private funeral service. She did have health issues that led to a weakened immunity system; however, she was doing great. She looked great, her mind still sharp, still reading, still driving, still looking after family, still giving love and being loved; she still had life left.
Sadly, during the Labor Day weekend, she was bitten by a spider, leading to infection, leading to sepsis, to septic shock, and death. She died quickly, surrounded by family.
I did not know about sepsis but have learned that it infects hundreds of thousands of people each year and thousands die.
If you do not know sepsis, please take a few minutes to learn.
Mark A. Zimmerman