- 65 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 28, 1948
- Date of passing: Mar 26, 2014
|Let the memory of Alicia be with us forever...never forget|
We created this memorial site in memory of our loving mother Alicia Westphal, 65, born on November 28, 1948 and passed away on March 26, 2014. She gave so much in life and continued on that same path after her passing. Through the Donor Society of Arizona mom was able to save a person’s life with her left kidney, the right kidney went to research, and her corneas were given to help restore sight to an Arizona recipient. She will continue to live on through others...
April 25th, 2014
From the Donor Network of Arizona:
The gift of the left kidney transplant was gratefully received by a 64-year old woman from Arizona. She is married and has two sons and one daughter. She retired in 2010. Her favorite pastimes are reading, watching television, taking walks and socializing. This patient is still facing some health challenges this early on in her recuperation but remains hopeful for a healthy future. What a gift your mother has given to this woman and her family. Regarding this recipient - giving a waiting patient more time to enjoy a healthier, brighter life is a gift which cannot be matched by any other gift. More time to enjoy a loved one's smile, a hug or a touch. Appreciating a sunrise or a day spent with a favorite grandchild. How can such a gift be measured. This hope and these moments are gifts you have helped give to another family. We thank you on their behalf.
I also wanted to share what came of your generosity regarding tissue donation. Through corneal transplant, the gift of sight has already been restored to one very thankful individual from Arizona. The recipient of this cherished gift is a 58-year old man. Sight is such a wonderful thing to share. This person is now able to see faces of loved ones again and partake of the immense beauty that surrounds us daily.
In closing, we express out sympathy and gratitude once more. I know your life is forever changed by your mother Alicia's death, but in the face of such devastating loss, your mother's gift of life has changed our world by inviting more generosity and introducing the greatest compassion at the most impossible time. In this way she truly transforms our world...even beyond the restored life of the recipients and their families. Her gift and legacy remind us all that graciousness and kindness are still to be heralded and celebrated. I wish you peace and healing.
"A Better Place:
Why am I crying?
Why do I feel so alone?
You left me now
To a far better home.
It's a gentle journey...
A soft breeze on your sail,
To a place where fears and worries
No longer prevail.
It's a warm island in the sun
Where we all someday hope to be
With the Lord whom we love
And with all of our family.
I beg the Lord each night in prayer
To take away my sorrow.
I pray he'll hear my cries at night,
And help me through tomorrow.
I will always think of you,
As each day appears.
My sorrow will softly lessen,
And gone will be the tears.
But my love will continue,
As each year goes by.
And I will wait for my calling
To once again be by your side.
Saying I miss you isn't a correct phrase. There are no words to describe the way I feel inside.
I LOVE YOU MOM!!!!!"
"Losing a loved one, a parent is not easy and this I have experienced so my thoughts and prayers go out to the Westphal family who will miss you dearly.. The first time I met you was like I knew you forever.. I am very fortunate to have met you years ago! If I can only hear, "Good morning mi hija, I hope you have a wonderful day" one more time in that sweet innocent voice coming from such a loving woman.... I am sad you are gone but I know I will hear "Hello mi hija" again!"
"You will forever hold a place in my heart ~ thank you for being a dear friend and strong female influence in my life. You will be forever missed."
"Mom, its taken me some time to leave you a message. I couldn't find the words. No matter what i say will get people to understand just how amazing you were. You were the strongest woman I've ever known. By following your example you've made me the strong, independent woman I am today. Growing up we never really had a lot of things. It always hurt you that you could never give us very many Christmas gifts raising 4 kids alone. But you always made sure we had the one thing that really mattered, that was love. Never in my life did I feel unloved. The love you showed everyone that came into your life is the one thing we will all carry with us until we all meet again. I love you and I will always miss you. But i know you're watching and keeping us safe."
"Tia me and you always shared a special connection , an unbreakable bond. Even now that you're gone, I know you'll be with us all. Watching over us and guiding us. Remember that poster I sent you years ago? "My Angel" guess now you'll literally be our Angel. Love you Tia and I hope your pain free, dancing the nights away where ever you are"
"My love lives forever because mom was all about love and giving to those in need. She will always be known for the caring person that she was and I hope that I can bring as much joy to people that she always did
I love you momma Lisa and your love lives forever in my soul until the day we meet up again and you give your D onnieBoy that hug that he is so missing right now. Life/Love/Family."
"This lady was a memory from my young childhood. We lost touch for many years, but I will never forget how special she made me feel."
"Westphal Family & Friends... Your beautiful Angel is and will always be with you, I promise!
We are touched by Angels everyday. They will guard us and guide us through the days ahead... In nights of sorrow and in days of joy. All you have to do is believe and they will not let you down.
It was a sincere pleasure and heart felt gratitude to have known this beautiful woman. You are all so very rich to have such a lovely soul touch your life.
With much love, John & Kim Lopez"
"Rest in Peace cousin, though I had not seen you in years, I do remember us growing up in El Paso and the visits we had at your house on Yandell and our house down the road. We will see each other, of that I am sure as we all will be called some day."
"You welcomed me the minute we met with open arms, you treated Tyler as your very own grandson, you loved us as your family. You and your beautiful heart will be missed....."
"A poem I wrote to my mother the day I left for college.
Time spent with you,
Is time that will never pass.
Time spent without you,
Is time that will never last.
I Love You Mom"
"I love the warm heart that you had. You didn't know me and you welcomed me in your home with a big hug and a beautiful smile. Always made me feel at home. I haven't seen you in years but it makes me smile to know I'll see you again. And you will be out of pain and smiling and I will hug you you again. God took you home but I know we'll meet again. Thank you for Bo and Stewart. They have become wonderful friends in my life. Love you, mom, Tiffany"
"If tears could build a stairway,
and memories were a lane,
I would walk right up to heaven
to bring you home again.
No farewell words were spoken
no time to say goodbye
you were gone before we knew it,
and only God knows why.
My heart still aches in sadness
and secret tears still flow,
what it meant to lose you,
no one will ever know."
"I am sad but I remember...
I am sad because I lost the only one who loved me unconditionally and supported me the most
....but I remember she will always be by my side
I am sad because the last few years were not easy for her
...but I remember she always welcomed everyone with a smile.
I am sad that I will never get to tell her I love her and give her a big hug
...but I remember her love is all around me
I am sad because she is gone
...but I remember she is no longer in pain.
I love you and will miss you so much Mom.
Your son, Paul"
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