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PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY A once jubilant woman and mother Carol Hall, left appears with her daughter Sheron four, in Plainfield, NJ. Circa 1981 . In 2016 Hall began showing signs of Alzheimers.  Her living will was absolute wishing no treatment or meds to prolong her life.  In four years the disease ended up taking her life. In the last 90 days  she suffered multiple mini-strokes,  loss of sight, organ failure, inaudible utterances, insomnia, vocal surges, responses, some conversation. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

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PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol Hall spreads a garment over her head, a gift from her son, on Mother’s day May 14, 2007. A once jubilant woman began showing signs of dementia  in 2016.  In her last few months of life the disease took a toll on her mind and body developing  multiple mini-strokes, lost of sight, organ failure, inaudible utterances, insomnia, surges, responses, some conversation.  Carol passed in July 2020 from dementia. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk) 

 

FOTO 2: CAROL HALL GOES TO NEW YORK 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Carol hall walks along the Westside Highway path on a trip to see Oprah Winfrey in New York on May 18, 2010.  In 2016 Carol was diagnosed with dementia  and is transitioning into a latter state, where she is loosing sight, starting, inaudible utterances, insomnia, surges, responses, some conversation.  (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)  

 

FOTO 3: PARTY OVER HERE 

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Sher’on Hall, Carol’s daughter help celebrates Carol’s 70th Birthday with a a party and friends at the Black United Fund Hall  in Plainfield on September 29, 2012. In 2016 Hall began showing signs of dementia.  On Sunday, July 19, 2020 Hall lost her fight with the disease. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

FOTO 4:  “A SONG FOR MAMA.” 

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol Hall leaves her favorite section of the pew singing a song after church service was over at Shiloh Baptist Church in Plainfield, NJ on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 10, 2015. Hall had been a member of the church since she was 8 years old .  In 2016. Carol started showing signs of dementia and was confirmed through medical testing. In her last few months of life the disease took a toll on her mind and body where had multiple daily mini strokes, lost of sight, organ failure, inaudible utterances, insomnia, surges, responses, some conversation, loss of sight, and feel.  She passed away in July 2020. (©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk

 

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PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol Hall, left plays a game of patty cake with her great-granddaughter Aricelli at her Plainfield, New Jersey home on June 18, 2015. In 2016. Carol started showing signs of dementia and confirmed through medical testing. In her last few months of life the disease took a toll on her mind and body where had multiple daily mini strokes, lost of sight, organ failure, inaudible utterances, insomnia, surges, responses, some conversation, loss of sight, and feel.  She passed away in July 2020. (©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk

 

FOTO# 6 DOCTOR'S VISIT

SCOTCH PLAINS, NEW JERSEY: CAROL HALL, left  being examined by her Doctor PAYAL JOSHI during well care visit in Scotch Plains, NJ on Friday, May 18, 2020. Hall 76, has only been hospitalized three times in her live including two births and observation for back pain.  In Mid 2016 Hall developed symptoms of Alzheimer’s and in 2018 after a series of test Dementia was found to be her illness and in July 2020 Hall passed from the disease. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk) 

 

 

 

 

FOTO #7 THREE GENERATIONS

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: (LEFT) ESTELLE THOMPSON, SHERON HALL AND  CAROL HALL are shown in their home after Carol, 76,  woke up from her nap in Plainfield, NJ on November 4, 2018. Carol is going through an early stage of dementia. Thompson, 94, Carol’s mother gives as much care as she can to her daughter, but admits, she doesn’t fully understand the changes that her daughter is going through. Sheron, Carol’s daughter has moved back home to be the primary care giver for Carol. Thompson passed a year later and Carol passed a year behind her mother from the disease. Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk) 

 

FOTO #8 WIRED

BERKELEY HEIGHTS NEW JERSEY: CAROL HALL prepares to leave the examining room at Summit Medical Center in after sitting through a brain wave monitoring exam (EEG) in Berkeley Heights, NJ on Friday, September 7, 2018. Hall 76 suffers from dementia. The wrap shown on her head is a monitoring device that measures brain activity. The monitor has 22 diodes or connectors and is in place for 48 hours at must be kept dry and in place for an accurate reading. The results confirmed her dementia. Carol passed in July 2020 from dementia.PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY:  A family member, left, greets Sheron, center, during Carol’s repass at her Plainfield, NJ home, on Thursday July 23, 2020. A portrait of Carol is shown far right. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

FOTO# 9 MOTHER SQUEEZES HER DAUGHTER WITH A HUG OF LOVE

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: (Left) CAROL HALL, and her mother ESTELLE THOMPSON, 94, now deceased, gives Hall, 76 a hug in their Plainfield, Nj home after hall came home from a medical treatment to confirm her dementia on Friday, September 7. Her medical head wrap  shown is a monitoring device that measures brain activity. The monitor has 22 diodes or connectors and is in place for 48 hours at must be kept dry and in place for an accurate reading.  The results confirmed her dementia. Carol passed nearly a year after her mother, in July 2020 from dementia. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

FOTO# 10 SISTER TO SISTER

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: CAROL HALL, right, walks with her sister MARCELLA PALMER during Hall’s afternoon exercise in Plainfield, New Jersey.  Hall, 76 suffers from dementia and micro seizures. Hall, born in Palmyra, is a 1960 Plainfield High School graduate and worked at Ortho McNeil for 43 years before retiring.  Her Dementia came on rather suddenly.  Her grown children, and 94 year old Mother take shifts keeping a sharp eye on Hall from her fainting spells to making sure she eats. Palmer, her older sister lives in Atlanta a flew up to take part in her 76th birthday celebration. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk) 

 

FOTO# 11     “BIRTHDAY GIRL.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY:CAROL HALL, celebrates her 76th birthday with family member in her Plainfield, NJ Home on September, 26 2018 . In 2016 Hall began showing signs of dementia. ©Brian Branch-Price. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

FOTO# 12 HAIR DAY

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: CAROL HALL, after being diagnosed with dementia, and still in a fair state of mind Carol washes her hair in her Plainfield, NJ home on Thursday, October 3, 2018. Carol passed nearly two years later in July  2020. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

FOTO# 13   “PONDERING.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: CAROL HALL,  Left, Her mother ESTELLE THOMPSON,  are shown in their Plainfield, NjJ home during a morning meal on Tuesday, October 27, 2018 Thompson, 94, ponders gives as much care as she can to her daughter, but admits, she doesn’t fully understand the changes that her daughter is going through. (©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

 

FOTO#       “THE LITTLE GIRL’S ROOM.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY:  CAROL makes it to the “little girls room” on one of the last times by herself in her Plainfield, NJ Home on Thursday, July 2,2020. A week later she became dizzy and fell and incurred more seizures. In 2016 Carol was diagnosed with dementia  and is transitioning into a latter state, where she is loosing sight, starting, bodily functions,  inaudible utterances, insomnia, surges, responses, some conversation.  (©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk).

 

FOTO#     “IN CHURCH WE PRAY.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: (Left) CAROL HALL, far right stands holding hands with church members at Shiloh Baptist Church in Plainfield, NJ on Easter Sunday . April 21, 2019. Carol, who struggles through dementia and like many of those in her situation find it difficult to remember dates and numbers and other communications skill.  Church members began to see Carol’s missteps and cues and notified her daughter of her struggles.  For nearly three years Carol’s family, friends, relatives along with primary care person, her daughter Sher’on took care of her needs including health care, billing, hygiene until Carol’s passing in July  2020. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

FOTO#    “ANNUAL CHECK UP.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: A visiting nurse interviews CAROL HALL, during an annual check up at Hall’s house on Friday ,May 18, 2018. Hall suffers from “Sunset dementia” where the person sleeps mostly through the day but is awake most of the night, roaming around, reacting to sounds and uttering nonsensical thoughts or words. SHERON HALL, right, Carol’s daughter primary care giver appears at her side.  The nurse found that Carol’s mind and body has debilitated from the last visit including weight loss and bone density.  ©Brian Branch-Price.(©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk).

 

FOTO#          “WHAT AM I TO DO WITH THIS AGAIN?”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY:  Carol holds a set of linen she plans to fold in her Plainfield, N.J. home on Tuesday, December 19, 2020.  Folding clothes and linen was pastime for her and in many demential patients this is an excepted behavior. Carol was started showing signs of dementia in 2016 and confirmed a year later through medical testing in 2018. In her last few months of life the disease took a toll on her mind and body where had multiple ministries, lost of sight, organ failure, inaudible utterances, insomnia, surges, responses, some conversation.  Carol passed in July 2020 from dementia. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk).

 

FOTO#          “COME ON ROMEO.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: CAROL HALL, is shown walking her pet “Romeo” during morning activity”in Plainfield, NJ on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Hall suffers from “Sunset dementia” where the person sleeps mostly through the day but is awake most of the night, roaming around, reacting to sounds and uttering nonsensical thoughts or words. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

FOTO#        “RESTING EASY.”
PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol Hall, rests in her easy chair wrapped in a blanket in the back yard of her Plainfield, NJ  home on Tuesday, May 21, 2020.  Hall, 77,  is suffering from dementia which was diagnosed in 2016 passed away a few months later in July 2020. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

 

FOTO#          “MAMA’S TEARS.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: CAROL HALL,Carol sits  on her stairs with a tear track dried on her face in her Plainfield, NJ home on December 19, 2019. . In 2016 Carol started showing signs of dementia and confirmed through medical testing. Crying is associated with the disease. (©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk

 

 

 

FOTO#          “ALONE TIME WITH ROMY.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol Hall, 77,  holds her pet Romy in her lap during some alone time on her sofa in Plainfield, NJ On Friday, October 31, 2021.  Romeo is therapy for Carol who sleeps through most of the day.  Hall is suffering from dementia which was diagnosed in 2016. In her last few months of life the disease took a toll on her mind and body where had multiple daily mini strokes, loss of senses, organ failure, inaudible utterances, born and muscle loss and atrophy.  She passed away in July 2020. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk).

 

FOTO#         “AFTER BREAKFAST.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol Hall, 77,  heads to the sink to put away her dishes after a morning meal of two slices of toast and a cup of coffee with a splash of 2% milk in her Plainfield, NJ home on Friday, September 28, 2019. in 2016 she showed symptoms of dementia and  was confirmed two years later through medical testing in 2018.. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol Hall, 77,  heads to the sink to put away her dishes after a morning meal of two slices of toast and a cup of coffee with a splash of 2% milk in her Plainfield, NJ home on Friday, September 28, 2019. in 2016 she showed symptoms of dementia and  was confirmed two years later through medical testing in 2018. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

FOTO#          “CROSS YOUR FINGERS.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol works on cross word puzzle in her living room at her Plainfield, N.J. on Thursday, December 12, 2020. In 2016 Carol showed signs of dementia and like many of those in her situation find it difficult to remember dates and numbers and other communications skill.  There is no reported evidence that working cross word puzzles helps reverse, slow down or combat the disease. (©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk). 

 

FOTO#      “TRACKS OF TEAR.

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: CAROL HALL,Carol sits  on her stairs with a tear track dried on her face in her Plainfield, NJ home on Thursday, December 19, 2019. . In 2016 Carol started showing signs of dementia and confirmed through medical testing. Crying is associated with the disease. (©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

FOTO#          “HEY ROMY.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol Hall, 77,  looks at her pet, Romeo while resting on the sofa in her Plainfield, NJ home on Monday, October28, 2019. Romeo is therapy for Carol who sleeps through most of the day Hall is suffering from dementia which was diagnosed in 2016. In her last few months of life the disease took a toll on her mind and body where had multiple daily mini strokes, lost of sight, organ failure, inaudible utterances, insomnia, surges, responses, some conversation, loss of sight, and feel.  She passed away in July 2020. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk) 

 

FOTO#          “MAMA-THON’S ONE MILE WALK.”

WEST ORANGE, NEW JERSEY: Carol Hall, 77, sits in a wheel chair before being guided around the waterfront during an Alzheimers walk-a-thon in West Orange, NJ on Sunday, September, 28, 2019 in West Orange, New Jersey.  Hall is suffering from dementia which was diagnosed in 2016.  (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk).

 

FOTO#          “MOM WONDERS.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol Hall, 77,  appears to be dazed as she walks around her kitchen at home in Plainfield, NJ on Monday, October 28, 2019. In 2018 Hall was diagnosed with dementia.  Many dementia victims ofter wonder, stare an  shy away from direct eye contact. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOTO#           “LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol Hall looks out the window in her Plainfield, NJ Home on Friday, December 19, 2019.  In 2016 Carol begins showing signs of dementia and in early 2018 she underwent testing that confirmed the disease. Carol would live a couple of years more but in the last 90 days of her life her mind and body suffered greatly with organ failure, multiple ministrokes (TIA’s) or  transient ischemic attack, organ failure including loss of sight, digestion, muscle atrophy, brittle bones, fainting, dizziness  and other bodily functions such as audible responses.  (©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk) 

 

FOTO#          “ROMEO’S PERCH”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol Hall, 77,  looks at her pet, Romeo while resting on the sofa in her Plainfield, NJ home on Monday, October28, 2019.  Romeo is therapy for Carol who sleeps through most of the day Hall is suffering from dementia which was diagnosed in 2016. In her last few months of life the disease took a toll on her mind and body where had multiple daily mini strokes, lost of sight, organ failure, inaudible utterances, insomnia, surges, responses, some conversation, loss of sight, and feel.  She passed away in July 2020. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk) 

 

FOTO#          “MOBILE 1.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol walks around her house with a mobile walker in Plainfield on Thursday, December 19, 2020.  In 2016. Carol started showing signs of dementia and was confirmed a year later through medical testing.In her last few months of life the disease took a toll on her mind and body where had multiple daily mini strokes, lost of sight, organ failure, inaudible utterances, insomnia, surges, responses, some conversation, loss of sight, and feel.  She passed away in July 2020. (©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

FOTO#         “TEAM GRAM.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Team Gram with her family support staff gives a BLM Protest salute in her Plainfield, NJ home on Friday, Juneteenth, 2020.  Carol, who is inflicted in the later stages of dementia, is unable to keep her balance and strength as well as independent support of her bodily functions. (©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

FOTO#           GRAM’S CARE ANGEL-SHERON

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Sheron, Carol’s daughter, is her primary care giver gives carol some morphine, as she grimaces, to take while to ease her pain while resting in her Plainfield, NJ home on Wednesday, July 7, 2020. Carol, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2016 however herein this foto dementia is taking toll on her body. Digestion is painful, organ failure is occurring as well as her senses.(©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

FOTO#           “WALK WITH ME.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Sher’on Hall, Carol’s daughter, helps Carol sit down after getting out of her wheel chair in her Plainfield, NJ home on Friday Juneteenth, 2021. Carol Hall, rests in her easy chair wrapped in a blanket in the back yard of her Plainfield, NJ  home on May 21, 2020.  Hall, 77,  is suffering from dementia which was diagnosed in 2016 passed away a few months later in July 2020. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk) 

 

FOTO#           “LOOKING THROUGH THE WINDOW.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol Hall looks out the window in her Plainfield, NJ Home on Friday, December 19, 2019.  In 2016 Carol begins showing signs of dementia and in early 2018 she underwent testing that confirmed the disease. Carol would live a couple of years more but in the last 90 days of her life her mind and body suffered greatly with organ failure, multiple ministrokes (TIA’s) or  transient ischemic attack, organ failure including loss of sight, digestion, muscle atrophy, brittle bones, fainting, dizziness  and other bodily functions such as  inaudible responses.  (©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

 

FOTO#           “HER LAST STEPS.”

Carol, makes it to her bedroom on her own for the last time for the last time on one of the last times by herself in her Plainfield, NJ home on Thursday, July 2, 2020. A week later she became dizzy and fell and incurred more seizures. Within two weeks of her falling her organs began to fail, leaving us with low whispers, and unable to feel any discomfort and slowly passed during the early morning of Sunday July 19, 2020.  (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

FOTO#           “CAROL IS IN HER ZONE.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol Hall looks out of her front window to watch cars and neighbors pass.  Carol was started showing signs of dementia in 2016 and confirmed later through medical testing. (©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

FOTO#         “CAROL MAIL.” 

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY:Carol Hall, 77,  heads to the mail box to check for mail as motor cycle passes by in Plainfield, NJ on Monday, October 28, 2019.   Hall is suffering from dementia which was diagnosed in 2016.  (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk

 

FOTO#           “CAROL AND THE TV.” 

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol looks at an image of a frog on the TV in her Plainfield, NJ home on Friday, December 13, 2019. Carol’s favorite TV show was “little House on the Prairie. ”Carol was started showing signs of dementia in 2016 and confirmed a year later through medical testing. (©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

FOTO#          “BANANAS AND JUICE.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Sheron, Carol’s daughter, is her primary care giver feeds her mother some thinly sliced bananas and sips of orange juice In her Plainfield, NJ Home on Monday, July 6,2020.  a In 2016 Carol begins showing signs of dementia and in early 2018 she underwent testing that confirmed the disease. Carol would live a couple of years more but in the last 90 days of her life her mind and body suffered greatly with organ failure, multiple ministrokes (TIA’s) or  transient ischemic attack, organ failure including loss of sight, digestion, muscle atrophy, brittle bones, fainting, dizziness  and other bodily functions such as  inaudible responses.  (©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

FOTO#           “MY TRIBUTE.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol lists in her bed motionless but with eyes open and alert In her Plainfield, NJ home On Tuesday July 7, 2020. Hall  she was diagnosed with dementia in 2016  In her last few months of life the disease took a toll on her mind and body where had multiple daily mini strokes, lost of sight, organ failure, inaudible utterances, insomnia, surges, responses, some conversation, loss of sight, and feel.  She passed away in July 2020. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk).    FOTOGS NOTE. I slept by her side telling how good she was to me and sister and the world and sang her “My Tribute.”

 

FOTO#       ‘PAYING RESPECTS.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Dwight Mitchell, left and Jelani Price say good-bye- Carol Hall during her home-going service at Judkins Colonial Funeral Home in Plainfield, NJ on Thursday, July 23, 2020  Mitchell a family friend and Price is her grandson (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOTO#           “HER END IS NEAR.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol lists in her bed motionless but with eyes open and alert In her Plainfield, NJ home On Saturday, July 11, 2020. Hall  she was diagnosed with dementia in 2016.  Within the last two weeks of her life the disease took a toll on her mind and body. A great loss of appetite, (Victims) can’t or don’t remember how to eat, muscle atrophy sets in, organs and sense fall off rapidly.  Eight days later she passed away. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk). 

 

FOTO#       “A MOMENT OF DEDICATION.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Son and Daughter have one last glimpse of life representing their mother fly off during her home-going service at Judkins Colonial Funeral Home in Plainfield, NJ on Thursday, July 23, 2020 (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk) 

 

FOTO#       “EVERY TIME A BELL RINGS AN ANGEL GETS HER WINGS”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: After Carol’s home-going service doves are released ushering a bright hope and remembrance of their dear mother Carol at Judkins Colonial Funeral Home in Plainfield, NJ on Thursday, July 23, 2020 (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk) 

 

 

FOTO#       “IT’S SO HARD TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO YESTERDAY.” 

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Family  friend left, says good-bye  to Sher’on during mom’s repass at her Plainfield, NJ home onThursday, July 23, 2020. A portrait of Carol is far right. (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk) 

 

 

FOTO#           “STICK OUT YOUR TONGUE.” 

SUMMIT, NEW JERSEY:  Carol Hall a dementia patient sticks our her tongue at the nurse who is administering  a stroke test after Hall rushed to the hospital with signs of a stroke. Hall suffers from “Sunset dementia” where the person sleeps mostly through the day but is awake most of the night, roaming around, reacting to sounds and uttering nonsensical thoughts or words.  (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk) 

 

FOTO#       “HOLDING ROMEO.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol holds on to ROMY, her pet therapy, during her dementia disease in Plainfield on Friday, October 28, 2019.  In 2016. Carol started showing signs of dementia and was confirmed a year later through medical testing.In her last few months of life the disease took a toll on her mind and body where had multiple daily mini strokes, lost of sight, organ failure, inaudible utterances, insomnia, surges, responses, some conversation, loss of sight, and feel.  She passed away in July 2020. (©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk).

 

FOTO#        “CAROL MAIL.”

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY:Carol Hall, 77,  heads to the mail box to check for mail as motor cycle passes by in Plainfield, NJ on Monday, October 28, 2019.   Hall is suffering from dementia which was diagnosed in 2016.  (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

FOTO#       HOLDING ROMEO

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol walks around her house with a mobile walker in Plainfield on December 19, 2020.  In 2016. Carol started showing signs of dementia and was confirmed a year later through medical testing.In her last few months of life the disease took a toll on her mind and body where had multiple daily mini strokes, lost of sight, organ failure, inaudible utterances, insomnia, surges, responses, some conversation, loss of sight, and feel.  She passed away in July 2020. (©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk). 

 

FOTO#          “A MOTHER’S SMILE.”

Carol, sits in her room. In 2016 Carol was diagnosed with dementia  and is transitioning into a latter state, where she is loosing sight, starting, inaudible utterances, insomnia, surges, responses, some conversation.  (Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk)

 

 

FOTO#       HOLDING ROMEO

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: Carol walks around her house with a mobile walker in Plainfield on December 19, 2020.  In 2016. Carol started showing signs of dementia and was confirmed a year later through medical testing.In her last few months of life the disease took a toll on her mind and body where had multiple daily mini strokes, lost of sight, organ failure, inaudible utterances, insomnia, surges, responses, some conversation, loss of sight, and feel.  She passed away in July 2020. (©Brian Branch-Price/TheFotoDesk). 

 

 

 

When  Mom was going through her transition I thought about the songs I use to sing to her like the Intruders I’ll always love my mama, BTM’s, “a song for mama or even”2PAC’s “Dear Mama” … You always was a Black Queen, I finally understand… But when mom died the only song I could sing was It’s so hard to say good-bye to yesterday.”  Don’t think I’ll ever let go!  do nothing but laugh.  How many times did your momma make you laugh, and or what are your memories of her.

 

Now Mommanim wasn’t a big momma,  But she had the biggest heart. She volunteered at the hospital, she fed the hungry, raised other families in her house, never missed a day of church, sang in the church choir,  looked after the sick and more.  And as Shirley Caesar says, “No Charge.” 

 

 

In 2016 Mom was diagnosed with dementia.  July 19, 2020, mom left to sing in the Angelic choir.  But in the two weeks before she left us the Alzheimer’s diseased that consumed her body wreaked havoc. She was not able to walk, began loosing her sight and all of her organs and bodily function except for hearing began to go. In her last couple of days of life all we can do was talk to her let her know we were on the room with her, for she was not able to speak. 

 

Sister wanted me to forgive mom. For what I replied? … So, although I can’t think of any wrong she did to me other than a well deserved Ass Whopping, I went on ahead and said mom I love you like no other and I forgive you for any all wrongs you did to me and please forgive me for any of my transgressions.  Well sister was right. Mom smiled and sighed with relief. It was like a heavy burden was lifted off her shoulders. And  a week or so later  she started slipping away.

 

Very difficult to imagine a strong Black woman passing the way she did. Dementia is a cruel disease that wreaks havoc on a body. If you want to no more about dementia please feel free to ask you doctors , or other health care professionals, or review search engines for more informations.

 

 

The doctors tell care takers to sa

Don’t talk about my mother.  Yo momma is so fat, is ugly, is so skinny, so dumb, so hairy, so short, yo momma is so big, and so on and so on. How many mama jokes did you laugh at how many did you tell, how many reminded you of something funny your mother did?  In a certain setting yo momma jokes are readily acceptable.

 

At first I didn't know what to think!  We were on a road trip to home from Beaufort, South Carolina and mom wanted to drive.  So I let her behind the wheel.  We left the parking lot of a rest stop but the exit faced I-95 and the high traffic was going south or towards the right.  But the service road to exit was going left.  When mom approached the service road I told her to turn left.  But all she saw was cars going right.  Mom turned right on the service road.  I sort of chuckled and said mom! no baby that't the wrong way.

 

I was in the car with my sons and nephew.  So we ended up back in the rest stop.  I said mom would you like to try it again.  She said yes and the same thing happened again.  She though she was getting onto the interstate and flow with the traffic.  So the third time she got it together and we got up down the service road to the local county road heading home.  But I only let her drive for a few miles then I took over for the remainder of the long trip home.

 

More to come

 

There has to be a time in one’s life where mama did something to make you laugh.  But Momma prolly also brought out a can of Whoop ass, if you did something wrong as well!

 

But let’s ask ourselves who was there when we first opened up our eyes, who was there when we first skinned our knee, or at that PTA meeting, or game or who taught you how to drive a stick or dropped you off at college, but to before making sure you were checked in, or who danced with you at your wedding, or who looked after your kids every now and then, and who was there in a pinch.  Mommanin was! 

 

So those sons who look after their mother and those who came before me and who wrote such great epithets I now understand momma is all about. And it’s not just about one out of the year.  It’s everyday you get to see or say hey momma I love you.

 

TRIBUTE

I’ll always love my mama she’s my baby girl, you only get one,  you got yours and I got mine,  She’s one of a kind…..  Well of course you get one mama I said to myself when I used to sing that song by the Intruders.  But like most songs they don’t mean anything until you experience the story.

 

Member when mama made those Sundays dinners, member when she use to scream at you for doing wrong. … “I remember those gold old days”

 

Those words from the intruders are so impactful now.  So many flash backs of me and mama. A woman who birthed me as a teenager and kept it moving for almost 80 years,  Being here so long I thought she would never leave me.

 

Now there have been many of weddings I covered, including mine, where the one song you’ gonna’ hear is. A song for mama”. The intro is so graceful that  the guest are  automatically compelled 

There were many challenges to Carol’s well being. Such as walking, and exercise, loosing her appetite, weight loss, Sher’on also, says it was sometimes hard to understand her communication, “Mom would walk around at night.  Sometimes wanting to leave the house,  We had to lock doors, put up video monitors.  Watching mom was l like looking after a toddler.  Sher’on went on to say she had a lot of help from Team Gram In the remaining months of Gram’s life  the disease took a toll on her mind and body where had multiple mini strokes , lost of sight, organ failure, inaudible utterances, insomnia, surges, responses, until all that was left her tears and hearing.  Before she passed provided tons of good vibes, a good life and life-long memories. 

 

Not only did carol provide love and care for her family  she touched so many lives volunteering the hospital, providing free day care to elderly parents and other free care giving service to the community  was loved and recognize by hundreds of folks, and in fact,  a family donated to the Arbor Day foundation as a tribute to plant 25 trees in her name in her memory.  Carol passed in July 2020 from dementia.

 

In mid 2016 Hall developed Alzheimer symptoms and through a series of test in 2018 Hall was diagnosed dementia. In the last four years of carol’s life Sher’on became her care giver and provider meeting her medical, healthcare, financial and family needs among other life’s necessities.  Carol was fortunate enough to live at home during or suffrage around support.

 

 

 

 

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: A once jubilant woman and mother Carol Hall, left appears with her daughter Sher’on, 4, in Plainfield, NJ. Circa 1981 . In mid 2016 Hall developed Alzheimer symptoms and through a series of test in 2018 Hall was diagnosed dementia. 

 

In the last four years of carol’s life Sher’on became her care giver and provider meeting her medical, healthcare, financial and family needs among other life’s necessities.  Carol was fortunate enough to live at home during or suffrage around support.

 

Not only did carol provide love and care for her family  she touched so many lives volunteering the hospital, providing free day care to elderly parents and other free care giving service to the community  was loved and recognize by hundreds of folks, and in fact,  a family donated to the Arbor Day foundation as a tribute to plant 25 trees in her name in her memory.  Carol passed in July 2020 from dementia.

 

 

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY: A once jubilant woman and mother Carol Hall, left appears with her daughter Sher’on, 4, in Plainfield, NJ. Circa 1981 . In mid 2016 Hall developed Alzheimer symptoms and through a series of test in 2018 Hall was diagnosed dementia. 

 

In the last four years of carol’s life Sher’on became her care giver and provider meeting her medical, healthcare, financial and family needs among other life’s necessities.  Carol was fortunate enough to live at home during or suffrage around support.

 

There were many challenges to Carol’s well being. Such as walking, and exercise, loosing her appetite, weight loss, Sher’on also, says it was sometimes hard to understand her communication, “Mom would walk around at night.  Sometimes wanting to leave the house,  We had to lock doors, put up video monitors.  Watching mom was l like looking after a toddler.  Sher’on went on to say she had a lot of help from Team Gram In the remaining months of Gram’s life  the disease took a toll on her mind and body where had multiple mini strokes , lost of sight, organ failure, inaudible utterances, insomnia, surges, responses, until all that was left her tears and hearing.  Before she passed provided tons of good vibes, a good life and life-long memories. 

 

Not only did carol provide love and care for her family  she touched so many lives volunteering the hospital, providing free day care to elderly parents and other free care giving service to the community  was loved and recognize by hundreds of folks, and in fact,  a family donated to the Arbor Day foundation as a tribute to plant 25 trees in her name in her memory.  Carol passed in July 2020 from dementia.

 

 

 

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