This Woman's Final Wish Was For Kindness To Spread. Her Daughter Didn't Waste Any Time.

Kindness can be contagious.

An elderly woman and her daughter are reminding the world of the power of a simple act of kindness.

On Friday, Madeline Ricker Swain of Massachusetts — known by her loved ones as "Dutch" — peacefully passed away at the age of 84. She died in the hospice section of a nursing home where she was being treated for Parkinson's disease.

Her obituary described her as a loving and caring full-time mother, wife and volunteer. In addition, The Boston Globe wrote that Swain "taught her daughters to be strong, independent women, and to give back."

Before she died, Swain requested that friends and family wear bright colors at her funeral. Her daughter, Suzanne, asked if people should give donations to charity in her memory.

After thinking it over, Swain suggested an alternative: "It would be a much nicer world if people would be more kind to each other."

Her family said it was one of the final things she said.


Apparently, Suzanne took her mother's suggestion to heart.

On the way home from the hospice, Suzanne reportedly angered another drive while changing lanes on the highway. Suzanne wrote on Facebook that she made things right by paying for the driver's highway toll.

The driver thanked Suzanne for her kindness.

"I know everybody thinks their own mom is special, but mine kicks butt in the exceptional and extraordinary department," she wrote.

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