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Tribute in Memory of: Martha Ann True Lehne Strunk

Honor Martha Ann True Lehne Strunk

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Personal Story

Mama,
I want you to know that I love and miss you every day. The day after I turned 14, you went to join the Lord. My life was forever changed. A hole was left in my heart that has never been filled because of hereditary cancer. I learned at the age of 37 that I inherited the breast cancer gene from you and that you must have inherited from grandma, whom I never met. It suddenly all made sense. Both of you lost your battles against breast cancer way too young. I hope you will be happy to know mom that I am being given an opportunity that sadly you did not have. I will be able to have preventative surgery and I know you will be with me. Surround me with peace and joy. I know in my heart that this is what you would want for me. It is bitter sweet of course. I also know you would be sad for me that I have the gene and have to go through these surgeries. But, God has a reason for everything. I have to believe that or I would not have made it this far. I love you mama and I hope to make you proud. I know compared to what you faced, this will be a breeze. I chickened out once, but hopefully this time I can just do it. You fought a tough battle and had strength way beyond my understanding. As a mom, I don't know how you did what you did. I wish I had just one ounce of your bravery. It was when I became a mom that I realized the challenges you faced and I began to understand you even more. You made me proud mommy....now it is my turn.
Your love for music and others will never be forgotten. You had such a strong faith in the Lord. You always had a smile on your face and a song in your heart. I recently was given the piano you once played. I have wonderful memories of you mom, as a mother and my best friend. You were caring, funny and a great story teller. You had a wonderful sense of humor and could always make me laugh. I loved just being with you...and you were and always will be the most beautiful woman I know inside and out.
Martha Ann True~ Born: September 17, 1942-April 11, 1986
Love your darling daughter,
Audra


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