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Two weeks after heart surgery, our mom, mother-in-law, grammy, and biggest cheerleader, Barbara Jo Atkinson, left this world and went to be with Jesus.  She was a miracle in the flesh.  Her flesh actually was the miracle.  We just didn't know how much of a miracle she was until the doctors were continually baffled by how her body had come to function in the 37 years since her treatment for breast cancer.  The treatment for her cancer was ultimately what caused her earthly death on April 21, 2011  Radiation therapy had caused damage to her heart and lungs that her body could no longer overcome.
She was my mother-in-law for 24 years, and a spritual mother for much longer.  I can't remember NOT knowing her. (LIterally I've known her since I was very small)  
Last night I made one of the family favorites:  spice cake with peanut butter frosting.  Joe's birthday is this weekend, and everyone loves it.  And it turned out REALLY good.  Probably my best ever.  I think she would be proud.