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MARGUERITE PASSED IN TOTAL PEACE AND PAIN FREE LAST NIGHT AT 11:00 PM.


Thank you, each and all for your loving thoughts and prayers, and for holding Marguerite in your hearts for so long – and for all the donations that made it possible for her to leave this world in completion and at peace. There is no way to adequately express the difference you have made in her quality of life, and for all of us who have been her care-takers.

There now is a sufficiency of funds for all her final obligations, so no more is needed. God Bless you All!

A small gathering of mainly her immediate Tico family and friends of twenty to twenty-five attended the ceremony and burial. It was exactly as Marguerite wanted – it flowed in simplicity, with prayers and song, and in deep respect and love. A beautiful flower arrangement was brought by her devoted friends and supporters from the Mare Farmacia for her casket, and well as flowers that others brought. The ceremony and burial was held at her neighborhood cemetery between 9-9:30 am, in La Palma, about ten minutes outside of San Isidro Del General, Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica.

Since there was no embalming, her burial was required as soon as possible. Thus, everything happened too quickly to notify everyone – and so we will take time to remember Marguerite again tomorrow on Thanksgiving Day, at two gatherings of Ticos and Gringos. One is at RICAR2 restaurant on the Dominical Road at NOON, and the other is at BATSU GASTROPUB in Canaan at 6:00 PM. Plus, there will be one more opportunity at another gratitude event in the Chimmirol area on Saturday.

Special thanks to Momi and Popi, Hannia, Carmen and Sonja who have been her closest Tico family over the last nineteen years, and who have treated her as their own and cared for her throughout, with total devotion. And to Cindy and Rosie for the expert medical advice, loving care and translations to help me navigate the Costa Rican system, taking on huge loads yourselves, and to help me through the difficult phases of Marguerite's illness and passing. Thank you Rosie for being with her last night and for being the perfect bridge for her to Spirit.

Special thanks to the Chayotevine, for being the main contact person along with me for receiving and distributing donations for Marguerite. To Wilbur, her devoted and steadfast taxi driver who nearly daily was at her side, ready to shop for and bring all the food, medications and medical supplies and all else that she needed, like an occasional pizza — and for quickly returning the hospital bed and oxygen tanks and all back to the right places today.

And to Amy and Casey for being the loving, perfect translators who have such deep rapport and respect of the Costa Rican culture, and who so gently brought our team of care-givers together to brain-storm the solutions needed during the last phase of Marguerite's illness and passing.

I could not have accomplished one single thing without each and every one of you, at my side and with each other! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

And so now, we sigh in deep relief, in bittersweet sadness and joy, that our beloved Marguerite is Home and free at last!!! God bless us each and every one!!! <3 <3 <3

Sheri Cooke

011-506-8468-8937 cell

facebook.com/shericooke

"Together We Claim our Oneness as All that is."

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HELPING MARGUERITE TO BE PAIN FREE – THANK YOU WEEKLY DONORS!!! Your contributions are helping her now in her final transition!!! (see how to donate below) <3 <3 <3

UPDATE NOVEMBER 20TH: By the time you read this, Marguerite may have already crossed over. I've spent the last four days with her and many times she has gone to the other side and back. Each time I could clearly see that she was not “here” and conversing with others.

Just like the team of us here have been final arrangements so has the team over there been doing the same for her!!! Its so amazing to be able to see and know this!

Today's photo is of "Momi" and Marguerite. Momi is her Tica neighbor who took Marguerite in long ago as her own daughter. She is her main caregiver, the only one allowed to change her dressings every single day, to help her shower and dress, to set up what she needs for her day, and to return at night to feed her dogs and check in on her. Momi is my angel too and part of the 24 hour care team now!

The Palliative Doctor, Nurse, and Psychologist all arrived yesterday. I was there with Amy Shrift, and Hannia one of her Tica neighbors who has been cleaning every day and now part of the 24 hr care team. Amy has been a long standing friend of Marguerite's too, and an incredible supporter with ideas and translations that were crucial, like yesterday, in being able to understand and carry out the doctor's orders.

They gave her everything, seeing she could pass at any moment! She is getting a morphine pump this morning, oxygen tanks and a huge bag of bandaging supplies ere approved to be picked up from the hospital, as well as an inflatable air mattress to put between the metal frame and thin mattress of the hospital bed to ease the pain of her bedsores. They are adding a new medication to reduce the flem in her lungs and a humidifier to help her breathe more easily now. And now she has 24-hour care, which all donations now being received will cover. She stopped eating yesterday and now only wants ice chips.

I am at home right now and will return to her n a bit. There is just one more thing to complete for everything to be ready, and to send her off to the Light. I'll keep you posted for the funeral-memorial date/time. God bless you all, angels under my wings and hers, and really for each other always. I love you with all my heart! <3 <3 <3

IF YOU DONT KNOW HER, Marguerite is my dear friend. She is fifty-nine years old, and she lives alone in the rural, Southern Zone of Costa Rica, with her four rescue dogs who are her “kids”.

Unfortunately GoFundMe does not fund in Costa Rica where we live, so I am resorting to only using Facebook to get this message out. How to donate is listed at the bottom.

She has been living with metastasized cancer for over two years and has been preparing the last few months to transition in peace. Being unable to work for so long, she qualified for our local Palliative Home Care Program (a doctor and nurse visit her home about once a month), but it does not provide all the pain relievers and other medications she needs, nor can she cover her living or funeral expenses.

I am hoping to reach as many people as possible to raise the money she needs, and to augment our small local community who has been totally supporting her the last two years, but most of all -- to make sure her last days are stress and pain-free. Some weeks the donations have been insufficient, and we barely have enough for all her pain medications – our first priority – and postpone her other needs.

Even if you are not in a position to donate financially, can you help by sharing this on Facebook or whatever social network and other ways you like to share? Can you help me, help Marguerite?

Her life has not been easy. She became an alcoholic and used drugs for years, until she did the Twelve-Step Program. Its was up and down for years, and only through the grace of God has she been able to turn her life around. She has been clean and sober now for many years (well, except now she is on morphine and other pain relievers).

Once sober, she became a partner with another woman in a thriving business of selling organic products at local farmer's markets here in Costa Rica. Many of their products were organic vegetables grown and harvested from their own gardens, as well as organic products they distributed for growers throughout the region.

Eventually, the damage from her addiction caught up to her, putting her in bed for over a year with some kind of an immune disorder resulting in ulcerated sores over parts of her body -- which baffled the doctors. They gave her a multitude of medications hoping to find a successful treatment, but she only got worse.

Finally, she went off all the medications, relying only on a healthy diet, some supplements and natural herbs. She slowly recovered, yet being away from her business so long, it had turned over to other hands – and eventually ended.

Since then, she has been barely scraping by, living hand to mouth. She did some work in her home, or in the homes of her clients as a stylist, her former occupation before she moved to Costa Rica. And she continued to look for work wherever she could find it; until she had emergency surgery in March, 2017.

It was early in 2016, when Marguerite noticed a lump on her right breast. Not knowing what it was, and having lost confidence in the medical system from her former illness, she hoped it would just go away. But it didn't. It kept getting bigger. Plus, she noticed she was growing lumps under that arm. She was afraid, ashamed of her financial situation, and kept it a secret -- until March 2017, when her tumor burst at home in the middle of the night, resulting in an emergency mastectomy.

Since then, she has been living day by day, totally dependent on charitable donations, and for a while, we really thought she might recover. She was using many different alternative healing agents that are known to cure some cancers and at first, she actually looked younger and healthier than she had for a decade -- but in the last many months, her cancer has spread to every part of her body, with many other painful and challenging symptoms.

Unfortunately, the doctors and nurses cannot say how long she has, and there is a small team of us who volunteer our time to check her daily and assist with all her needs. Several times already, I thought her time was “at hand”, yet she is still hanging in there with new symptoms and more pain each week.

I am hoping that we receive enough donations to cover her living expenses, for hiring a hospice nurse or other professional help when needed, and finally, for minimal funeral costs.

WAYS TO HELP MARGUERITE - DONATIONS - in person OR through PayPal, per the following:

FOR NON-LOCALS, THROUGH PAYPAL, you can make a donation through our Costa Rica weekly Chayotevine Newsletter - PayPal account, chayotevine@gmail.com, which is also the newsletter link.

To donate: Go to paypal.com first, then click on “Send Money”, the "send to" address is: chayotevine@gmail.com, then select “Gift”, and add a Note: “Donation for Marguerite Beattie”.

If you have any questions please Personal Message Sheri Cooke here on Facebook.

FOR LOCALS, you can still make donations in person to me, Sheri Cooke, at our local farmer's markets (ferias):

***TUESDAYS at Tinamastes 8:30-10:30 am (or give it to Tessa or Tim in the massage area)...OR... ***THURSDAYS in San Isidro to me in person, AND at the Colibri “International Corner” booth, from 7:30-Noon...or contact me here on FB to make other arrangements.

FOR LOCALS WHO WANT TO VISIT, please contact Marguerite first to see if she's up for it that day. Call or Text after 10 am – WhatsApp 7123-8958

Thank you with all our hearts for any donation and for sharing this with your friends – God Bless You!

HELPING MARGUERITE TO BE PAIN FREE – THANK YOU WEEKLY DONORS!!! We were able to meet all of her needs this week!!! (see how to donate below) <3 <3 <3

UPDATE NOVEMBER 12TH: The photos posted today are from yesterday, in Marguerite's home for her "last Birthday party", age 59. Words cannot adequately express the combination of beauty, love, generosity, affection, innocence and honesty that was given and received by every one who attended.

There was a feast of cakes, pies, cookies, fresh fruit, and other treats. Raven made an exquisite crown of fresh flowers for Marguerite to wear, as well as exquisite floral arrangements for our tables. Amy brought a bucket of earth's treasures and healing agents, some such as: herbs, sand, feathers and much more, along her delicious all natural, fermented juice alternative. Vyola wrote and sang a perfect and delightful song about Marguerite, accompanied with her drum and in a beat much like a kirtan, and with lyrics we could sing with her -- which were funny, inspiring and just plain joyous!!!

It was glorious how each of us in our own unique way is a perfect expression and vehicle of Love Itself, used in the exact ways that we naturally and best express our giving – and with Marguerite being the center of Love's focus yesterday, she allowed us to see and experience love being magnified over and over again as she so graciously accepted our gifts, just being herself in her most vulnerable, honest, raw, and transparent state. What a blessing we all are to each other!!!

We think her time is very short now...your giving made it possible for us to pay off her casket today...and, keeping her pain-free as her body is declining rapidly now is still our #1 goal. Thank you for your beautiful generosity and caring!

WAYS TO HELP MARGUERITE

DONATIONS - in person OR through PayPal, per the following:

FOR NON-LOCALS, THROUGH PAYPAL, you can make a donation through our Costa Rica weekly Chayotevine Newsletter - PayPal account, chayotevine@gmail.com, which is also the newsletter link.

To donate: Go to paypal.com first, then click on “Send Money”, the "send to" address is: chayotevine@gmail.com, then select “Gift”, and add a Note: “Donation for Marguerite Beattie”.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me here.

FOR LOCALS, you can still make donations in person to me, Sheri Cooke, at our local farmer's markets (ferias):

***TUESDAYS at Tinamastes 8:30-10:30 am (or give it to Tessa or Tim in the massage area)...OR... ***THURSDAYS in San Isidro to me in person, AND at the Colibri “International Corner” booth, from 7:30-Noon...or contact me here on FB to make other arrangements.

FOR LOCALS WHO WANT TO VISIT, please contact Marguerite first to see if she's up for it that day. Call or Text after 10 am – WhatsApp 7123-8958

Thank you with all our hearts for any donation and for sharing this with your friends – God Bless You!

HELPING MARGUERITE TO BE PAIN FREE – THANK YOU WEEKLY DONORS!!! We were short of meeting her financial needs last week by about one-third -- it happens from time to time, we still managed, and she remained calm. Trusting the flow and timing is a huge lesson! (see how to donate below) <3 <3 <3

UPDATE NOVEMBER 5TH: The photos posted today are from last Friday. This last week Marguerite was getting winded after being on her feet for a few minutes. Even with medication, the swelling in her legs and right arm is being only minimally reduced now, so the extra water weight is a burden to her heart and holding herself upright.