Last week, Mary Tyler Moore passed away at 80 with her loving family by her side, including husband Dr. Robert Levine.
Levine, who was married to Moore for over 30 years, told People magazine, “I can’t believe she is gone. Mary was my life, my light, my love. The emptiness I feel without her with me is without bottom. She was a force of nature who fiercely defended her autonomy even as her health was failing. Mary was fearless, determined, and willfull. If she felt strongly about something, or that there was truth to be told, she would do it, no matter the consequences. She was kind, genuine, approachable, honest, and humble.”
Robert went on to remember his last moments with her, saying, "And she had that smile. Oh, to see her smile that smile, just once more.” He added, "My sadness is only tempered by the remarkable outpouring of good wishes, tributes, and personal ‘Mary stories’ told, with heart, by those touched by her grace. As long as we all remember her, talk about her, share our stories about her, and what she meant to us, her light will never go out.”
It was recently revealed that Moore died from cardiopulmonary arrest with aspiration pneumonia, hypoxia and diabetes mellitus listed as contributing factors.
Over the weekend, Mary was laid to rest at Oaklawn Cemetery in Fairfield, Connecticut, with around 50 close friends and family in attendance.