Weatherford Democrat

Obituaries

February 1, 2013

Virginia woman pieces together 17 years lost to amnesia

(Continued)

Marsha taught her how to drive her Chevy Tahoe in the cul-de-sac in front of her house. That allowed her to take trips to the local Food Lion and back, but no further. On one such trip, she was pushing her cart through the aisle when a woman approached her.

"Shawnda?"

This was, as far as she knew, a stranger. Shawnda stammered her way through a conversation for a few minutes, gleaning that the woman's name was Kim. Before Shawnda could explain her memory loss, she had an anxiety attack.

"I took off running," she recalled. "I remember running through the bread [aisle], going out the door, getting in my Tahoe and just sitting there, holding onto my steering wheel. . . I didn't know what to do. I was panicking."

Every trip outside the house allowed for the possibility Shawnda could find herself in the company of someone who knew her well but seemed a stranger. The thought terrified her.

One day, Cindy Davekos-Wilson bumped into Shawnda and her mother at the courthouse. Marsha greeted her, but Shawnda showed no recognition.

"I couldn't believe it," Cindy said. "She just looked right through me."

Shaylin didn't pick up on her mother's memory loss until she was between 3 and 4 years old. She'd hear Shawnda saying "I don't remember" time and time again, and began mimicking it. Asked if she washed her hands or picked up her toys, Shaylin would reply, "I don't remember."

After Shaylin turned 4, Shawnda sat down with her to watch a home movie from Shaylin's infancy. Shaylin hadn't seen it, and Shawnda had no recollection of it — or what Shaylin was like as a baby. After 15 minutes, Shawnda was in tears.

Text Only
Obituaries
  • Charles M. Linehan Charles M. Linehan

    WEATHERFORD — Charles M. Linehan, 81, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lyndia Faye Bullock Lyndia Faye Bullock

    FORT WORTH — Lyndia Faye Bullock, 66, beloved mom, granny, daughter, sister and friend, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, at home with her family.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jewel Allene Williams

    Jewel Allene Williams, 98, of Springtown, passed away Friday afternoon, July 18, 2014, in the local hospital. 

    July 19, 2014

  • Ronald Witt Hobbs

    Ronald Witt Hobbs, age 79, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Weatherford, Texas. 

    July 17, 2014

  • Larry Drew Cook Larry Drew Cook

    Larry Drew Cook, 69, of Hudson Oaks, passed away Monday, June 14, 2014. Larry was born Nov. 9, 1944, in Muncie, Indiana, to Mildred and Norman Cook.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ruby Emerson Ruby Emerson

    Ruby Emerson, age 96, entered heaven praising God in the presence of her Savior on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. 

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kelley Ann Audesworth Queen

    Kelley Ann Audesworth Queen, 54, died of natural causes on July 13, 2014.

    July 17, 2014

  • Nila Seale Nila Seale

    Nila Seale, age 89, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014. 

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Glenn Anthony Barton

    Glenn Anthony Barton, age 81, a retired rancher, died on July 13, 2014. Glen was born June 11, 1933, in Ruidoso, New Mexico, to John and Bessie Barton.

    July 15, 2014

  • Paul Rosier

    Paul Rosier, 73, loving father, grandfather and brother, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014.

    July 14, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success