Posted Friday, July 16, 2004 10:31 AM | Contributed by Sarah Jackson
Mellie Juliette (Cox) Thomas, an enthusiast into her final years, dies Monday at age 95. She described Millennium Force as "just another roller coaster." In her later years, she also rode the Beast at Kings Island and Space Mountain at Disney World.
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It's as if god wanted him to live just long enough to complete one final year in this life but at least now he is at peace & free of all of the hardships he had to endure during those 59 years,may he & all the dearly departed loved ones in our lives forever rest in peace.
Jeff is right in saying that we should celebrate the life of a loved one who has passed on instead of mourning their death....that is exactly how the pastor presiding over my father's funeral service had so beautifully put it & no truer words have ever been spoken than those.
"-Grandmother dies, riding coasters into her 90s-
Mellie Juliette (Cox) Thomas was riding Millennium Force at 92."
I thought she was on Millennium Force when she died and that Cedar Point was having a really bad week.
But yes... I hope I can go out like she did. Riding until the end.
By grandmother was 85, and was just sitting at home. She burped then went. So I guess if I do live pretty long, that's the way to go. ;-)
Regardless, when I go, my final resting place will be at CP with the help of some of my coaster riding friends and family.
And I'm also very sorry to hear about that Batwing, and agree with Sarah, you are a very strong person. Hang in there bud, at least he's at rest now, and just focus on the great times you were able to share with him while he was here. And encourge people you know to help in anyway they can to fight this horrible disease, so that hopefully someday good folks like your Dad don't have to be needlessly taken away from us way too soon.
i agree with my Grandmother's philosophy....
she always said "i do NOT want to see 80!! i do NOT want to be 80!!" like 80 was the evil nujmber or something.
a week before she turned 80, she died.
but i see people at my work who do nothing but complain and make life miserable for everyone. then there is the 100 year old who doesnt look or act a day over 70.
but if i die on a coaster, that's the way to go for me!! or at a U2 show. yeah. either one.
Goddess bless this woman we are speaking of. what a strong life force and spirit she had!! we should all be so lucky...
You're only as old as you feel. God bless the people who can keep going.
And in case anyone cares, it's my current job to go through this with people. I'm a chaplain at a hospital and not 10 minutes ago I sat with a man as his mother passed. (And somehow my first thought was...oh man, I gotta go check the 'buzz for a pick me up :P)
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The reasons for the drawn out process are due to my father's place of residence in Maryland during the last few years of his life,coupled with the long drive from there down to Quantico VA for the burial services yesterday morning.
My dad served in the navy during vietnam for a few years so of course during the final service his casket was flanked by members of the naval honor guard & just as the procession pulled into the area where the service was to be held he recieved a proper military salute before the service began.
As for the grieving process it will take time but with each passing day the pain will subside,sometimes I stop & imagine that he is still alive even though I know that he has gone on to a much better place,it just takes more time for the heart to catch up to the mind & accept the fact that he's gone.
For the older lady.... YOU GO GIRL! ;) I can only hope that's how I end it all. Chances are I'll be disemboweled in an auto or airplane crash. ;)
The reason I'm asking, is I had this old guy...had to be in his 80's rode the King Kahuna, and Volcano. I told him at the Volcano, that he was the oldest person that I've seen ever to ride the Kahuna and Volcano before.
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