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Lila Mae (Kightlinger) Fish

In mid-October of 2015, at the age of 85, Lila Mae (Kightlinger) Fish went to the hospital, was diagnosed with liver cancer, given pain killers, and sent home with instructions to visit her family doctor the next day. On November 14, 2015, less than a month after the initial liver cancer diagnosis, mom passed away peacefully and quietly in a room filled with family.

For years, mom had made it very clear that if she ever contracted cancer again, she would accept only palliative care and would refuse any kind of therapeutic treatment. When mom entered the hospital about two weeks after the initial diagnosis, her doctors ran some tests and then agreed mom's decision to limit treatment to palliative care was a reasonable choice.

From the time mom entered the hospital and through her stay at hospice, there was always at least one family member with her at all times. There were also times when we kind of wondered why hospital and hospice put up with all the noise and ruckus when almost the entire "Fish Pond" visited at one time, filled her room, and spilled into the halls.

Mom and dad made many friends their 63 years of marriage. Our family is using this web site as a way to share memories within our family and with mom's friends. Please take a few minutes to enjoy the site and use the Guest Book page to contribute thoughts, stories, and photos that involve our mom, grandmother, and great grandmother, Lila Fish.

Mom has always been adamant that any remembrance of her be a joyful celebration of her life and not somber mourning of her death. She would undoubtably be very happy if you hummed a really upbeat version of "When the Saints Come Marching In" during your visit here.