"Monica Messick was born May 4, 1906 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania and died peacefully October 10, 2001 in Anchorage, Alaska. She was an extremely loving mother always thinking of others by giving of herself with her time, love and energy. On many occasions she spoke of organ donations but felt she was "too" old. She wanted to contribute a small part of her love to others who could benefit. Due to her age, her corneas could not be used, but our family was informed that Life Alaska could take samples from her brain, pancreas, liver and heart to be used in research purposes. Her dream of helping others did come through after all and we know that this was important to her."