N. Ind. woman, 84, dies in the cold

N. Ind. woman, 84, dies in the cold

There are 40 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jan 21, 2008, titled N. Ind. woman, 84, dies in the cold. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

An 84-year-old woman who often fed wild animals outside her rural home died of hypothermia and exposure after locking herself out.

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Oh Brother

Indianapolis, IN

#24 Jan 21, 2008
What a wonderful, kind thing to do feeding the animals. And a cruel twist of fate to lock her self out of the house. At least at the end she wasn't totally alone - her dog was with her.

Very sad!!!

“FA LA LA LA LA ”

Since: Aug 07

Greenfield

#25 Jan 21, 2008
Rita wrote:
How tragic for the 84 yr old woman and her family. The cold air is brutal and that is why we all should keep a check on those who are alone whether they be elderly or not. If we try to call and can't get them and we know they should be home, that should be a red flag to either call 911 to check on them or try to ourselves. Also a call button around a person's neck would be a good idea for those who are in distress. So many times a patient in a nursing home will wander away and freeze to death. I know we cannot prevent everything that may happen, but we should all be aware and try to help each other.
Not that a "call button" isn't a good idea, they just don't always work in every situation. My 90 year old grandmother had a very mild stoke and didn't use the button to alrert us because she forgot it was there.

“FA LA LA LA LA ”

Since: Aug 07

Greenfield

#26 Jan 21, 2008
Gary151 wrote:
She may very well be in a better place. God knows better than all of us what to do at any time. But I have to tell you that I was 9 when my mother died and our preacher took me aside and told me she was in a better place. Well, I was 9 and I needed my mother more than God did and it took me years to get beyond the belief that God had taken my mother from me and I am not sure I am past it now even though I am 59. My mother was 28 and a sunday school teacher when God took her to a better place. I am not sure that's a true statement in all cases.
I felt the same way when my beautiful 5 month old little girl died of SIDS, I am sure she is in a "better" place but I felt like the best place would be with me and her father!!!! It has taken me years to come to grips with her death and my heart knows that she is with our maker but it still hurts.

Heh

“Brain food”

Since: Jul 07

I'll have another, yes.

#28 Jan 21, 2008
It's just so sad to think of this old Lady, outside and alone... RIP.
INDYGIRL

Bridgeport, WV

#29 Jan 21, 2008
This is the saddest thing I have read all day. Reminder to self: Hide a key under the rock!
Dog Lover

Indianapolis, IN

#30 Jan 21, 2008
I am so surprised that the golden retriever did not have enough body warmth to get this poor woman alive. Dogs do well in the cold.
Cheshire

Ft Mitchell, KY

#31 Jan 21, 2008
I'm sure St. Francis, patron saint of animals is welcoming this precious heart into heaven.
JUST ME

United States

#32 Jan 21, 2008
HOW VERY SAD, BUT WHAT A GLORIOUS LIFE I BET SHE HAD! MY 80 YEAR OLD MOTHER FEEDS WILDLIFE AND TRULY ENJOYS IT! SEEING THEM COME TO HER HOME MAKES HER FEEL NEEDED! UNFORTUNATELY WE LIVE 3 HOURS APART AND ALTHOUGH I WANT HER TO COME LIVE WITH ME, SHE STILL MAINTAINS HER INDEPENDENCE. I WOULD BE DEEPLY SADDENED TO HAVE THIS HAPPEN TO MY MOTHER, BUT I AGREE WITH ALL THE OTHERS - SHE DIED DOING WHAT SHE ENJOYED! I'M SURE HEAVEN'S GATES HAVE OPENED WIDE TO HAVE HER COME IN TO HELP ST. FRANCIS OF ASSI! MAY SHE REST IN ETERNAL PEACE!
Cinders

Indianapolis, IN

#33 Jan 21, 2008
SAD, VERY SAD.....MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
Dave

Roanoke, IN

#34 Jan 21, 2008
she sounds like a wonderful woman - it's sad when the world loses people like this - makes the cold a little colder. God Bless you, Mary, may you rest in peace...
kyl1

Lexington, KY

#35 Jan 21, 2008
Friends and relatives should check on the elderly often especially when the weather is extreme.
Love Everybody

Indianapolis, IN

#36 Jan 21, 2008
This is such a sad end to what sounds like a very full life. My heart goes out to her family. My mother locked herself out of the house 3 or 4 times before she finally told me. I "hid" a key in her garage that she can easily find but a robber would not think to look. She has used it twice and was so happy to have it. RIP...
TVS

United States

#37 Jan 21, 2008
Witch Doctor wrote:
I'm surprised the raccoons and opposums did not keep eating.
Every day we must choose what sort of person we are going to be. Some choose to feed wild animals, and then enjoy the sight of God's creatures as they scurry about and gather the seeds. Others write idiotic things and then convince themselves they are clever. Most of us choose somewhere in between those two examples.

The good news, Witch Doctor, is that tomorrow you can wake up and decide not to be an idiot. Please do so.
Essex

Canton, MI

#38 Jan 21, 2008
I'm have no doubt that this beautiful soul has touched many and that was her gift and our job is to pass these random acts of kindness on.
Ole Whitehare

United States

#39 Jan 21, 2008
It was reported the handle on the door haf broken and she was huddled with the dog.
CBM

Indianapolis, IN

#40 Jan 21, 2008
My condolences to her family. May that kind hearted woman rest in peace.
so sad

AOL

#43 Jan 21, 2008
Cheshire wrote:
I'm sure St. Francis, patron saint of animals is welcoming this precious heart into heaven.
Amen to that! So sorry to read this story. I hope her suffering was as minimal as possible. My prayers for her family and friends.
How sad

AOL

#46 Jan 21, 2008
I can't imagine what this woman went through before she dies. This is truly one of the saddest stories I have read. May she rest in peace.

Please, please make sure that your elderly relatives hide a key somewhere outside so that they can get back in should they ever lock themselves out. Just make sure to place the key in a safe hiding place.
Retired Coach

Freetown, IN

#48 Jan 21, 2008
I am very sorry to read this story. Too bad I could not have been her neighbor to check on her.

No doubt those wild animals she feeds will greatly miss her and her dog is no doubt depressed with her death.

I am also up there in years and also put bird seed out as well as wildlife treats that I buy from Pets Smart.

When my wife was still alive, she enjoyed seeing them eat.

Let's pray for any family members of that woman that they will find comfort in Jesus.



Witch Doctor

Indianapolis, IN

#49 Jan 23, 2008
indygrl wrote:
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what is wrong with you? where is your heart at ,, it seems tht you have a very cold heart ,,
Clue... break a window........

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