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Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 3:09 PM


Carlene Brown, educator-writer and longtime member of the Agape International Spiritual Center, served the past 12 years as live-in companion/caregiver/personal assistant for Norma Barker, a blind widow who resided in the home she owned at 4150 Lafayette Place, Culver City, California. Mrs. Barker passed away on April, 2, 2017.

As per Mrs. Barker’s request before she passed while in hospice care, the family is allowing Carlene to stay in that home rent-free until the end of June, 2017. This request is testimony to the excellent level of care and compassion Carlene provided for Mrs. Barker.

Carlene taught at Pacific Palisades Charter High School until 2012, serving only as companion and personal assistant for Mrs. Barker. Following that, Carlene gradually took on more and more responsibility as a caregiver. Mrs. Barker was afflicted not only with blindness, but osteoarthritis, diabetes and depression.

Carlene served as secretary, prepared meals, did all laundry and shopping, some gardening, and cared for the cats. But most importantly, she lifted Mrs. Barker’s spirits through bringing positivity and prayer into this ailing woman’s sometimes dark world. Mealtimes often became mini-counseling sessions in which Carlene always affirmed the good that was trying to happen, always lifted up best-case scenarios as possibilities.

It was not until Mrs. Barker was placed in hospice care, with a diagnosis of stage four cancer, that she actually required skilled in-home nursing, including dispensing of medication, bathing and diaper changing. Carlene cooperated with family members and the hospice team to provide that care the last two weeks of Mrs. Barker’s life. Carlene was the one who presided over this 85-year-old woman’s dying hours with her prayerful, meditative presence.

Call Carlene Brown at 424-209-5776

References available upon request:
Disa Lindgren 310-435-9345
Nancy & Doug Campbell 310-425-2591

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