TC mum dies

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  1. Lohan2008

    Lohan2008 Gold Meritorious Patron

    According to People, Mary Lee South, the mother of Tom Cruise, has passed away at 80.

    The publication has revealed that Mary died peacefully in her sleep last week and was given a memorial service at Tom’s local Church of Scientology this past weekend.

    Reports suggest that Tom and his sisters, Lee Ann DeVette, 57, Cass Mapother, 55, and Marian Henry, 52, were all in attendance.
  2. Cheryl

    Cheryl Patron

    Isn't illness a sign of failure in Scientology? I highly doubt he was anywhere near her before she died. Unless he was telling her she failed as a Scientologist not being able to overcome her sickness.
  3. WildKat

    WildKat Gold Meritorious Patron

    Everyone dies eventually, Scientologist or not. 80 isn't a bad age to go. Who wants to live forever in a wrinkled decrepit body? (Apologies to anyone over 80.) My dad is 90 and hasn't had any real fun in life for about 10 years. Harsh fact of life.

    There are exceptions, people who are very active and alert well into their 90's, but I don't know any personally.
  4. Miss Ellie

    Miss Ellie Patron with Honors

    I am truly sorry for his loss.

    The loss of a parent, while expected, is never easy.

    I hope he and the sisters find comfort in each other and in the memories of their mother.
  5. Out/Int

    Out/Int Patron with Honors

    She dropped her body because she found it an impediment to her upper OT levels.:whistling:
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  6. strativarius

    strativarius Inveterate gnashnab & snoutband

    Scientology didn't do anything to anybody, it is just a bunch of words on tape and in docs and books. It is people who do disgusting things with it.
  7. Enthetan

    Enthetan Master of Disaster

    If I make it to 80, I will consider that I've had a good run. My objective is to last long enough to see all my kids living independent lives, and be able to see a few grandkids. Anything beyond that is gravy.
  8. JustSheila

    JustSheila Crusader

    You'd be surprised. I met a lot of sharp elderly folks in Australia who were still independent, but they didn't have much energy. They still had fun, went out to dinners, played video games, women went to the beauty salon, shopping and to the beach and they still socialized and particularly enjoyed their families.

    Must be the vegemite. :coolwink: :biggrin:
  9. ILove2Lurk

    ILove2Lurk Lisbeth Salander

    Yes! :thumbsup:

    A few years ago, I had lunch with a friend and his 97-year-old grandmother. I was surprised how clear eyed she was and what a vibrant personality she had. Her memory of life events was remarkably distinct and immensely interesting, given the fact she had lived through ten decades of history. Now at age 102, she's losin' her mental faculties and needs care and drugs to keep it together. She made it pretty far though and had a decent life.

    Another time I was day hiking in the nearby mountains with a friend, when the hill kicked my butt and I had to stop to rest. Consider retreating back down. Hiking down the hill was a married couple clearly in their mid-80's. They told me they'd hiked the loop, which was a bit higher and about three times the distance I'd trudged so far. And I'm much, much younger! I asked them how they could do that at their ages. They told me they walk five miles a day, every day, to stay in shape.

    Both were quite an inspiration to me for being able to stay very active and alert, I gotta say. Some people do it.

    On the other side of the coin, I know people in their 50's and 60's that are already showing signs of dementia and lack of reasoning. Going a bit visibly batty. Talked to many of them during the last 18-month election cycle. The common thread with them is that they spent a lot of hours watching political news on cable TV every day (won't mention the network :coolwink:) and got most of their current worldview from Facebook and Twitter. Unable to read complete books anymore because books are usually over 140 characters.

    Hubbard began showing signs of dementia in his mid-60's. (Read poster cowboy's threads for incontrovertible evidence and anecdotes.)

    Oh, well. :whistling:

    I've decided that good life habits probably help, but a lot of life is simply luck of the draw.
  10. LA SCN

    LA SCN NOT drinking the kool-aid

  11. JustSheila

    JustSheila Crusader

    Oh that's hilarious, an elderly couple out-walking you, lol! :laugh:

    There are certainly common health activities I've seen from the sharp elderly folks though:

    1) They all walked every day, at least 30 minutes.
    2) They all eat a healthy breakfast, usually oatmeal with fresh fruit and similar. Most drank coffee.
    3) They all did basic stretches and exercise. Nothing too difficult, at least 20 minutes a day.
    4) They all had great relationships with their families and saw them regularly.
    5) They lived at home for as long as possible, then assisted care, instead of a full nursing home. Nearly all the elderly I ever saw went down badly after going into a full nursing home.
    6) They all get up at the crack of dawn or so and didn't sleep more than 7-8 hrs a day. :omg:
    7) They didn't watch television more than a couple of hours a day at most, and then with someone else (which you also noticed).
    8) They kept up a social life and a routine and regimen of activities and good habits.
    9) Most only took daily vitamins or no vitamins at all, with an occasional fiber supplement.
    10) They didn't overeat.
    11) They allowed themselves treats, but not in excess.
  12. ILove2Lurk

    ILove2Lurk Lisbeth Salander

    Just perfect! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
  13. Cheryl

    Cheryl Patron

    My dad is 81 and still working.
  14. Leland

    Leland Crusader

    My Mom was still driving her car at 92....and living on her own.
  15. The_Fixer

    The_Fixer Class Clown

    Heh, I have a great aunt who turned 104 in January and has just taken up pilates......

    Not kidding here either.
  16. The_Fixer

    The_Fixer Class Clown

    Heh, I have a great aunt who turned 104 in January and has just taken up pilates......
  17. The_Fixer

    The_Fixer Class Clown

    Heh, I have a great aunt who turned 104 in January and has just taken up pilates......
  18. I told you I was trouble

    I told you I was trouble Suspended animation

    I bet she doesn't say everything three times (like some people) ... either.

  19. The_Fixer

    The_Fixer Class Clown

    Yeah...sorry about that.
    Something went haywire there.

    Oldtimer's moment?