Beth died surrounded by family, in the arms of her husband and Anam Cara, which means soulmate in Gaelic. Beth was blessed with two children; Courtney Elizabeth,11, and Seamus Brendan,8. In her life, she worked as a nurse practitioner and said nursing was her true calling. Beth also explained that it was a honor and privilege to care for patients who gave her the strength and courage to fight her battle.
Beth wrote in part the following in her obituary: "I LOVED my life. I loved a long run, to sit quietly by the lake, to read and dance and sing and be silly with our children. We loved watching summer storms blow across the water. I loved to chat and laugh with my sisters and friends, until tears ran down our legs! Brendan and I enjoyed many trips together, most enjoyable were those to Ireland, visiting family to share a pint and some good 'craic'. And of course sitting quietly on the porch with Brendan (listening to the Red Sox). I enjoyed working for a cause, among them, the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance, whose members' spirit and dedication amazed me."
Then, Beth detailed the love she had for her family. She wrote: "Of all the things I did in this life, nothing compared to being with Brendan and our children. I fought every day to stay alive and to be with them. No person could ever ask for a more loving and supportive husband, always my champion, always. I enjoyed every moment we shared; the great ones, the sad ones, the easy and the hard. I pray they have learned to feel the deep sense of faith that I shared. No matter where this journey brings me next, I will forever carry their love with me, as I am sure there is a piece of me that will forever remain with them.
Grace and love won not cancer, according to the following excerpt: "But cancer does not care who it takes, who it hurts, or honor or love. It comes into your life and starts to break the threads that hold you and you are left to see pieces of yourself slip away and dreams fade. We were clung only to each other with pure love and faith binding us, in the end is when the most amazing thing happens, cancer loses its strength and grace appears. We need to see it. We accept it, and go with it. Grace and love win, not cancer. I hope to be remembered, with laughter, love and a good pint. And for my children to know "No Momma ever did and no Momma ever will….."
Beth mentioned a GoFundMe page, called "A Story About Love" setup to honor her legacy. The funds collected will go to her children's education. Visit the family's GoFundMe page here and read the full obituary here.