Thank You Let­ter

Catron Courier - - Opinions & Editorial -

Com­pas­sion­ate and car­ing peo­ple are too of­ten over­looked. The res­i­dents of Re­serve, NM war­rant spe­cial recog­ni­tion! In early Fe­bru­ary our par­ents, Wayne and Judy Koe­nen found them­selves lost and stranded on a re­mote, moun­tain­ous road ap­prox­i­mately 60 miles from Re­serve. Our par­ents, ages seventy-nine and eighty, spent two and half days in sub-freez­ing weather along an iso­lated stretch of road. Our fa­ther passed away af­ter spend­ing fifty-five hours of be­ing ex­posed to the el­e­ments. Our mother dozed off while jour­nal­ing in­for­ma­tion and in­struc­tions for the peo­ple that she ex­pected would even­tu­ally find them. Our mother was found by a hunt­ing party lead by Tim Rawl­ings and Kenny Bur­ton from Old West Guides and Out­fit­ters. These gen­tle­men in­stan­ta­neously en­sured our mother’s safety and gra­ciously de­liv­ered her back to Re­serve ex­pe­di­tiously. Once in town, she was housed by The Frisco Lodg­ing Co., and Jennifer, the man­ager, spoke to sev­eral fam­ily mem­bers upon our mother’s ar­rival. Jennifer was a steady­ing mes­sen­ger, re­as­sur­ing us that Mom was be­ing taken care of. Jennifer also sent her sis­ter-in-law, Jes­sica, to as­sist our mother with the check-in process. It was our un­der­stand­ing Jessi- ca is a First Re­spon­der and while help­ing Mom with the check-in process men­tally as­sessed Mom’s con­di­tion. Thank you, Jes­sica. Ca­tron’s County Sher­iff De­part­ment con­tin­ued the ex­cep­tional sup­port and ser­vice Mom re­ceived from this small New Mex­ico town. They re­trieved our fa­ther’s body and helped Mother be­gin the re­cov­ery jour­ney. The net­work of sup­port pro­vided by the Sher­iff’s de­part­ment and oth­ers made Mom’s per­sonal bur­dens tol­er­a­ble. The Shriver’s, Mike and Vicki, took up the sup­port ba­ton, trans­port­ing and help­ing Mom make mor­tu­ary and cre­ma­tion ar­range­ments. Stress as­so­ci­ated with these tasks is ex­treme and com­mon place af­ter a sud­den death, but ac­com­plish­ing these du­ties over a thou­sand miles from home with no fam­ily sup­port is over­whelm­ing. Ev­ery meal Mother ate while in Re­serve was bought or pro­vided by the gen­eros­ity of oth­ers. The kind­ness of Chris Man­drick, the Shriver’s, and oth­ers who pro­vided trans­porta­tion to clinic and court­house not only com­forted our mother but also our fam­ily who felt help­less. Spon­ta­neous hugs were given by Re­serve res­i­dents as Mom walked the streets of Re­serve. The out­fit­ters checked in on Mom a cou­ple days later to see how she

was do­ing. This hunt­ing party saved a life and re­turned our mother to an ex­tremely grate­ful fam­ily, THANK YOU!

Fi­nally, the crown­ing act of kind­ness was when Con­nie Corvell, the town’s mayor, pro­vided our mother a ride from Re­serve to the Albuquerque Air­port. Con­nie es­corted Mom to the tick­et­ing desk and gave Mom the last of dozens of pre­ced­ing hugs she re­ceived from benev­o­lent strangers.

The kind­ness ex­tended to our mom makes us well up with sen­ti­men­tal emo­tion. But more im­por­tantly these acts of hu­man­ity in­still in us re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion that do not get the recog­ni­tion they de­serve. This ex­pe­ri­ence reaf­firms our be­lief that peo­ple are in­her­ently good. The res­i­dents of Re­serve, NM, demon­strate this clearly through their un­selfish and com­pas­sion­ate care of­fered to Mom and our fam­ily. We are eter­nally in­debted to all of you who went out of your way to com­fort and sup­port Mom as she be­gan her jour­ney of grief and even­tu­ally re­cu­per­a­tion to the vi­brant, classy lady we cher­ish.

Thank you again and God Bless you!

The Koe­nen Fam­ily.

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