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Liverpool's Clausen on cover of Syracuse Woman Magazine

Mary Ellen Clausen, founder of Ophelia's Place, is the cover woman for this month's Syracuse Woman Magazine.

Mary Ellen Clausen, founder of Ophelia's Place, is the cover woman for this month's Syracuse Woman Magazine. Cindy Bell

— “I thought I would have my mom forever,” she admitted. On Jan. 6, 2006, Mary Ellen’s mother had slipped into a coma. While massaging her mother’s feet once again, she noticed her breathing had become heavier. She opened her eyes and a single tear came down, Mary Ellen said. She told her, “Mom, it’s time. The angels are here.” She got up to close her mother’s eyes. The clock on the wall showed that it was exactly 1 o’clock. “I had no idea what to do, but I wanted a sign that she was still there. I wanted to see a butterfly.” However, it was January in Elmira, how would she see one? A few weeks later, some family friends visited Mary Ellen and her husband to see how they were doing and also to give them a late Christmas gift. “I opened up one of the gifts and it was a box with three ceramic butterflies.” She smiled. She received the sign. “I still carry my mom’s last tear,” she said. “There are unanswered questions and things I won’t ever know.”

Copies of the magazine are available all over Central New York.

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