My wife Jane Cutler was as kind and compassionate as they come. Every animal pet we ever had was primarily her decision. We got our great Dane Shawna, when our 3 sons , were all 3 years old or younger. Everyone told us it was crazy to have 100+ pound dog in a house with kids that weighed 35 pounds or less. But she knew it was the right thing to do and Shawna was like a 24 hour babysitter, and it couldn’t have been a better decision. We have had many different dogs and cats and birds and tortoises and bearded dragon and everyone of them was because she wanted them in our home. Even as far as a pair of goats, that she thought could not live outside because it was too cold, and she told me to let them live an our master bathroom , that had a door that went to the outside so they can come and go as they please. They also managed to chew through many walls of our bathroom, but that’s what you have when you put a goat in a bathroom, but that was OK with her, because they wouldn’t be cold at night. many years ago a black cat who was living under a truck in our neighborhood, Followed my two younger sons home for over 3/4 of a mile. We had two parrots at the time, so she told them to leave him in the garage with food and water the next day bring him back to the truck. That was accomplished and two weeks later my son‘s are walking past the same truck, and the black cat follows them home a second time. She tells me we can’t put him back out on the street again, and figure out a way to keep the cats and parrots separate. With the help of a couple of doors from Home Depot, I was able to keep them safely apart from each other. This type of behavior was consistent with her whether it was with animals, or strangers on the street needing help.
When we were dating, she was a nurse at a local hospital. She would always tell me stories about her patients and all the troubles they were going through, and how she wished there was someway she could make all their problems go away. She would always stay with the patients when they needed to hold her hand while they were going through an uncomfortable procedure, and she would always be there on her time off. It was hard for her to give up her career, but she knew it was more important to be a full-time mom to her three sons. I was there for the birth of all three of my sons, and every time she did it with natural childbirth no medication, and no screaming or crying. Her doctor asked her if she had taken Silva mind control! When our three sons were in grade school, the teachers said one of them had to go to a special school and couldn’t be with his brothers, and because that caused a lot of problems, she decided to take them all out of school and we would homeschool them so that we would not have the problems with them going to different schools.
One of my sons when he were about five years old, would always carry around with him a very small towel. One of the mean neighborhood kids, ripped it away from him and pushed it down a rain gutter in the street, where he couldn’t get it anymore. Of course he was terribly upset that it was gone, and Jane had to do something to make him feel better. So she drove down to a fabric store in the shopping center, and found some fabric that looked very similar to the one that was taken away from him. We did a few things to it to make it look as similar to the one that was taken away from him, and told him we called the fireman and he was able to get a ladder down there and get back his towel. She loved her sons and me more than anything else, all loved her back the same. she would spoil her sons with video games throughout their lives, and the people at Toys “R” Us recognized us immediately and knew what we were there for! She would play the video games with them, as the kids got older, she’d play her own video games to keep her self from thinking about pain she had from a severe case of fibromyalgia.
When we moved into our current house in 2001, she wanted to see a lot of green trees and shrubs and she looked out the window. So one weekend I planted a large number of these including cypress trees, which are now 40 to 50 feet high. many years ago we were out with some friends during the winter in an area where there’s lots of snow and trees. We have these large metal or plastic saucers that we could sit in and slide down a snow covered hill. She did that with one of my sons in her lap and she saw she was going to hit a tree because these things had no steering wheels. In Order to protect her son from injury she somehow was able to turn a saucer around so her back hit the tree instead of her son. Many years later she still has pain in her back from that injury, but she would do it all over again now because it would save her son from serious injury. That’s the type of woman who has so much love, she would put her self in harms way instead of her son. This type of behavior was present throughout her entire life. I couldn’t have found a better woman to be my wife the last 49 years, and a better mother for her sons. We all love you and miss you!