How Marla Chose to "Live Fully" on Hospice Care
At first sight of her, Dennis Crabbe fell completely and tenderly in love with Marla. This June, celebrating their 45th year of marriage, they pulled out all the stops to celebrate.
Dennis planned a special outing
on the shores of Coeur d'Alene Lake to celebrate their anniversary. He arranged for Marla to be transported to their destination by Al Pena of Lake City Transportation, who has an especially gentle wheelchair lift in his van. Al, knowing the couple and their plans was inspired to provide his service free of charge.
Dennis took care of Marla for 8 years until she needed the extra care of skilled nursing last year. Dennis, now able to forgo the role of caregiver, could be there for her as a husband said, "I wanted to do something really special for her."
For their 45th wedding anniversary, the endearing couple sat under the shade of a broad tree at Independence Point. They spent an hour holding hands, sweetly exchanging smiles, and nibbling on lunch prepared by Dennis. Marla beamed when Dennis presented her favorite dark chocolate bar for desert.
In a statement given to the CDA Press, Dennis remarked, "She always took care of me and babied me until the roles switched when she became ill. I think God just wanted me to learn that role."
This story reminds us of how sweet life is and how to live it fully. Marla and Dennis, focused on their shared love, and live each moment intentionally.