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Meet my grandparents: George and Esther Cloud

Esther has been living with chronic pain and illness for decades and George has been by her side every step of the way, taking on the role of caregiver in more recent years.

I began documenting their life together in October 2017 in an effort to memorialize their love through photographs. This desire to preserve their legacy for my family’s current and future generations became a personal project spanning the course of several months.

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Esther developed pleurisy as a result of gallbladder removal surgery in December 2017. She was hospitalized in January 2018 for treatment. Antibiotics to treat the surgical side effects sent her into kidney failure and left her in a lethargic state.

Esther died in hospice care on January 20, 2018. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, George, 3 daughters, 4 siblings, 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.

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Since the death of his wife, Esther, George now spends most of his time keeping busy at home in Lithia Springs, Georgia, and caring for his dog Molly.

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I’m not one to lean on other people, to bother other people with my problems. I’ve just always been one just to handle whatever comes along.
— George Cloud