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Ron and Kebba Button 2016

One of the unsung factors of great health is: friendship.  Friendship literally keeps us strong, with the warmth, laughter, trust, relaxation, and shared experience over the years.  Friendship makes us happy in ways that relax our shoulders and stimulate our master hormone (DHEA) production.  And if your dearest friend is also your spouse, the effect can be multiplied.  I would like to share with you about my dearest friend ever.

I was blessed to know my late husband, Ron Button, for over 30 years.  I was blessed to be married to him for 15 years.  Ron was 19 years older than me and had some health issues that came to a conclusion August 1.  I know I did everything for him that I could.  I loved him. When he became ill, I gave him the care he needed and drove him to many appointments.  I kept him comfortable until he went to the hospital.  Then I made sure they kept him comfortable. When he went to hospice (Hospice of the Valley, Ryan House) for his last 4-plus days, I made sure they kept him comfortable. Sometimes I sobbed quietly as I sat next to him during those last days, holding his forearm.  Sometimes I talked with him about how he had done his best, in every tough situation of life, and how he had everything to be glad about.  He had nothing to feel guilty about and every joy to anticipate in leaving his body and going to the Divine Realm.

Ron Age 1 taking things apart and repairing them

Ron was born in Hollywood, California, in 1933, to a silent movie starlet mother and a prominent attorney father.  By the age of 1 he was taking apart objects to see how they worked.  And he often got the pieces back together.  When he was about 9, he was with his mother, who was visiting a friend.  Hearing that the toaster didn’t work, little Ronnie took it apart and repaired it.  Several years later, when he realized his parents’ grandfather clock had stopped, he repaired that, using a straight pin.  Ron loved machines and devices, which served him well throughout a computer engineering degree from the University of Southern California, and many other slipstreams of his life.

After college, he went into the Air Force, engineering and management positions, and finally into commercial real estate.  In his last year, he delved into the intricacies of bird feeders, creating a bird sanctuary in the Feng Shui Garden.  When he finally went into hospice, he still had project parts for projects that would have kept him busy for years to come.

I told Ron countless times that I loved him. I told him many times that he was simply the best company ever, my favorite friend ever.  I miss my friend very much.  But I’ll make him proud by being the best me I can be for the next 20 years.  And I’ll enjoy my other friends and remember to tell them how precious they are.  And hug them.

Enjoy your friendships (family members or not), love them and appreciate them.  Hug them while you can.  And notice the more you enjoy your friendships, the better you’ll feel—in every way.  And that’s you, more and more Healthy Happy Loving Lifesm!  


Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert, holistic healer, and award-winning author who celebrates life.  She has a longtime natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), Inspirations for Peace Within:  Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, and Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine.  The books are available on Amazon and through Kebba’s office.   To email us, kebba@kebba.com .

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