The Christmas shopping trip didn't last for long. Butte, Montana is a small town and only had the local K-mart and local Wal-mart.
After the Christmas shopping trip, Jennifer picked up her olest daughter from preschool and then they all headed back to her house. Later at around 3:30 p.m., Jennifer tried calling her mother. She wanted to come over and show her Reanne and Miranda's Christmas pictures. She left a message, expecting her mother to call within the hour. She never did.
"My husband at the time came home from school and made dinner"
A little after six p.m. Jennifer still had not heard from her mother, and decided to bring the Christmas photos to her dad's house, a few miles outside of town.
"He told me that my mother was dead. He had been living with my mother at the time. He just said that Mom had died. I said, 'How had she died?" I imagined a car accident - that's what came to my mind, because it was really snowy outside. She was a healthy woman. He told me he thought she killed herself."
"He said, 'Your mom is supposed to be here but she didn't show up either.' I didn't tell them anything at the time. That was before cell phones."
That is until all of her friends and family were gone; her daughters asleep; her husband asleep; only then would she go to her sanctuary.
"She would do little itty bits of things for us. She'd make breakfast for dinner. Once a week we'd go down to the A &W and get root beer floats and they would put them in these little tiny baby cups."
"She was there for both births. The year Reanne was born my mother's birthday fell on Mother's day May 12. Reanne was born two days later on May 14."
"My life has been filled joys and I many happy times. My children keep me focused and they are who I live for."
"I feel that had my mother not been taken from me at such a young age and in such a tragic way it could have been different. I am and have always been very honest with my children bout the circumstances of their Nana's death."
My brother has two children Madison 16 and Josh 14, and they have had a chance with their Nana either. I wish that I could call her on the phone and ask her how to cook something, what to do, or just tell her I love her."