Madame Williams died of complications from the virus Hepatitis C.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Liver Foundation.

Bernadette died awaiting a donor liver.  She was the highest priority recipient for two weeks- twice the expected time for a liver to become available.  Though the success rate of liver transplants is very high, most patients die awaiting an organ.

 Please consider being an organ donor.  Here is a general information site which has a copy of an Organ Donor request statement.  You should also register your intentions with your driver's license office (NC).  Bernadette's children and husband have always been organ donor candidates and encourage others to do the same. 

With regard to organ donation and religion, there are frequent misconceptions as to acceptance, but almost every major religion endorses organ donation as a humanitarian act.