Catherine Tyrel from Alexandria, Virginia had an awful year. In the beginning of 2016, her husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and the prognosis was not good. The doctors estimated that they will not be able to celebrate their 20th marriage anniversary.
Unfortunately, the doctors were right. Catherine’s husband, Marc Tyrel, passed away nine months later, in September 2016. Two months later, she gathered strength to go through his possessions and wholeheartedly donate whatever she saw fit, according to Marc’s wishes.
“We always managed to donate something here and there, but Marc wanted to do more than that, but never had a chance to do so.”
In the expected rush of emotions, Catherine wanted to keep the memory of Marc and save something for herself. And there came the surprise.
“I came across a smartphone. The battery was drained, of course, but I could not remember that Marc ever mentioned he wanted or smartphone, let alone have one without my knowledge.”
Catherine described her late husband as a figure who loved his family very much. He passed away at the age of 61.
“The last thing you expect to find is a slideshow of our pictures since the day we met, until the last weeks of his life. He managed to digitalize all the old photos, edit them on the smartphone and even put some of our favorite songs inside. I knew he was not so tech savvy, on the contrary. In the end, our children were glad I found everything,” Catherine said.
She later found out that their children helped him do that and kept it a secret until the day she found out.