Kathy Clum 70 of Rushville, Ohio passed away Sunday, February 5, 2017 at OSU Wexner Medical Center.
She was co-owner and business manager of Mike Clum Auction Gallery, Inc. and a member of Zion Reformed U.C.C. of Thornville, Ohio.
Kathy is survived by her husband, of 51 years, Mike Clum; daughter, Laura (Larry) Watson of Rushville, Ohio; son, John (Jodi) Clum of Alexandria, Ohio; grandchildren, Bryan Watson of Lancaster, Ohio, Chase Watson of Rushville, Ohio, Courtany Brooke Blevins of Canal Winchester, Ohio, Emma Grace Clum and Ava Faith Clum both of Alexandria, Ohio; mother, Gloria Alvis of Newark, Ohio; brothers, Mike (Linda) Alvis of Thornville, Ohio and Rev. Rick (Julie) Alvis of Indianapolis, Indiana; five nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Alvis and father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Jane Clum.
Memorial gifts may be given to the Zion Reformed U.C.C. in her memory for the restoration of a mural that gave her strength and comfort.
To send an online condolence, and sign the guestbook, please visit www.funeralhome.com.
Yesterday, February 5, I lost my very precious mom, Kathy. She was married for 52 years to my father, Mike Clum. They have an antique auction company in central Ohio. Eight years ago, she developed lymphoma and was a patient at the James Cancer Center for weeks and weeks of treatment. I recall 8 years ago very clearly. It was a Thursday. She went through those weeks of treatment and after a month long stem cell transplant, her cancer went into remission. For the next 8 years she lived unencumbered by cancer,
Last Wednesday we rushed mom to the ER to find that her lymphoma had returned. My heart sank. Tears began to run down my cheeks. All I could think about was all she had gone through 8 years ago and what she was in for once again.
Last Thursday morning was much different than the one 8 years ago. It was hopeful. I felt like this would be a walk in the park. She looked a little jaundiced, but she was upbeat. The doctors knew this was very treatable. They began to do routine testing; MRI, CAT, PET scans.
That’s when they found a malignant mass between her liver and stomach that was pushing against her spine, causing severe back pain. They needed a biopsy of this mass so that an appropriate chemo treatment could be coordinated. That’s when things started falling apart. While having the biopsy, she developed aspiration pneumonia. As a result, they had to put her on a ventilator to help her breathe. Her blood pressure dropped. The doctors asked for a meeting with the family and explained to us that her kidneys were beginning to fail. She needed dialysis. By now, she was non-communicable. Heavily sedated. But, we were not without hope. We still were optimistic this was just a little detour. But then by Sunday morning, her blood pressure was bottoming out as another problem developed. Her heart was in atrial fibrillation. She was medicated for that, but the medication was counteracting the blood pressure medicine. So the medical team asked for another meeting with the family. This time, they indicated it was just a matter of hours that she would be with us. Her major organs were shutting down. It was decided to remove the mechanisms keeping her alive and let her pass. Shortly after detaching everything, she peacefully slipped into the presence of Jesus.
So this week, we are planning a funeral that I thought we would have been planning 8 years ago. I encourage you all, when you go home to your loved ones today, hug them. I wish I would have hugged my mom just one more time when she headed to get her PET scan, but I didn’t. I thought I’d see her in a couple hours when she got back. That never happened. Hug your parents, your siblings, your child, or friend while you can. Could be, two hours from now you won’t have that chance.