By tdw on May 16, 2005
With great dignity and without breaking down he told me that his wife had died in hospital at 8:45 that morning.
Despite being neighbours for 7 years, I was only just getting to know her through my helping her husband with computer issues. She developed a back problem late last year, which was attributed to a collapsed disc, and was eventually admitted for surgery just after Christmas last year, where she was diagnosed as having some form of cancer. I chatted occasionally with her husband, and whilst the prognosis didn't seem great for a full recovery, there was never any indication (to me) that her condition was deteriorating badly, although she was transferred to a Nursing Home late April, so maybe that should have given me a clue.
My wife and I were both shocked and saddened by her death. RIP Julia.