News About Our Mom

Dear Friends and Family,

We want to give you an update on our mother, Pat Folkerth. We know this will come as a shock and surprise to most of you.

Mom has been diagnosed with both acute dementia and advanced colon cancer. She has lost significant weight over the winter months and it is now clear that her physical condition is grave. After consultation with her medical team and with all three of us, she has opted to forego further cancer treatments, and will enter into Palliative/Hospice care at her apartment at Highland Springs. One member of her medical team estimates she might have 3-6 months left with us.

This is no doubt as much of a shock to you as it has been to each of us these past few months. We have all known Pat as healthy, strong, and active. But based on her current physical condition, these issues, as well as her own wishes (via medical directive)—we are all in agreement that this is the best course of action.

You might ask: “What can we do?”

Cards and letters would be wonderful. And if you are in need of her address, please feel free to write any of us privately and we’ll send it along.

We’re not quite sure how well in-person visits will go. She is still answering her phone for now. Be aware that her cognitive issues affect recent or short-term things. So if you do speak with her it’s possible she may repeat questions or even forget she has cancer or dementia. Just be prepared.

We would appreciate your prayers and thoughts for all of us as we seek to make the best of the time we have left with Pat.

And we’d close with this plea: Mom made the decision to update her medical advance directive after Dad died. Please, if you need to get your own affairs in order—it will help your family greatly in the long run.

Pat has always been a remarkably strong woman, mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, paralegal, teacher, and friend to so many of you. We feel so richly blessed to have her as our mom.

She said today, “I’ve lived a long, good life…”

Please continue to offer us all your prayers and thoughts in this time. Thank you all for your friendship and for loving our Mom.

Much love,

Eric Folkerth
Dianne Folkerth
Linda Folkerth Elmer

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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