Traverse City woman flies to Hawaii for final goodbye

TRAVERSE CITY — Sarah Hammond spent 34 nerve-wracking hours of airplane travel wondering how to behave when her final connection landed.

Hammond fully understood it would be the last time she saw her mother, Jean Hammond, alive.

“It was scary. I didn’t know what to say or how to act,” Sarah Hammond, a Traverse City resident, said. “I didn’t want to make a big scene out of it because I didn’t want her to be scared.”

Hammond’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s years ago and moved to Hawaii to stay with her other daughter, Karen Fuller. But her health rapidly declined, and doctors recently gave her three to six months to live.

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