Note from Jean Carson's son Tracy:
November 7, 2005
Mayberry's - Fun Girl "Daphne", Convicts at Large
& Twilight Zone's - Bad Girl "Paula"
1923 - 2005
Dear Loving Fans,
I am totally overwhelmed with love and
gratefulness from the outpouring of letters received during my mom's
therapy and recovery attempts. I know in my heart it gave her great
comfort to know and feel that everyone was there with Love, Support and
May I tell you now she passed very peacefully.
I was called around 11:30 a.m. on Wed., Nov. 2nd,
and was told my mom was non-responsive but could most likely hear. I
packed up some family photographs, a CD player with some gentle music,
poetry and candles, and bought flowers and a small stuffed
leopard (exotic cat prints were her favorite for pillows and clothing).
I arrived at the care center, told my mom I loved
her and to please go when she was ready. I assured her it would be a
peaceful transition and Jesus would be by her side. I set up everything
so it was a comforting environment.
I read a little to her, told her about the
flowers and leopard and placed it in her hand. I also shared the new
photos with the caring staff.
A Hospice chaplain came by and offered prayer and
comforting words. It was wonderful timing. We talked for a bit and when
my wife called, the chaplain said she would be right back. I told my
wife about Mom, that I was fine right now, and that a nurse just came
in and I wanted to talk to her so I'd call her back. I asked
the nurse if we could go over the morning charts to compare the heart
rates and go over meds. She had that look and said she
believed the heart had just stopped. It had. It was perfect timing
(which an actress has to have).
I had turned around for just one moment for my
phone call and Mom used that exact moment to "Exit Stage Left" without
me seeing. In theater it's called smoke and mirrors. She had her
curtain call at 2:30 p.m. that day.
I hope I haven't said too much but, reading
through her fan mail, I have come to think of you like family and
thought you would want some detail.
Thanks to "The Andy Griffith Show" and her Great
Fans it will never be said she *was* Daphne on the show.....she will
always *BE* Daphne on the show.
An apology goes to anyone who had made autograph
request during these trying times. I will be returning all money with a
letter describing the new autograph formats available.
We will be holding a public memorial at Casa Cody
Bed and Breakfast in "The Winter House" in Palm Springs, California, on
December 4th at 1:00 p.m. Their web site is www.casacody.com
We are asking that ,instead of flowers, any
memorial donations be made to Mom's favorite charity, "The National
PS. I want to thank the Visiting Nurse
Association for there Hospice Program. I highly recommend their
services if you're in need.