Nadine Gordimer passed away this week at age 90, after a lifetime of achievement in writing and anti-apartheid activism. Radu Sigheti/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon documented his mother's final days to his more than 1.2 million Twitter followers. Stephen Voss/NPR hide caption

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Simon's parents on their wedding day. Courtesy of Scott Simon hide caption

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Following the Military Voices launch event, NPR Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon hugs Gordon Bolar, General Manager of NPR Member Station WMUK in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 2007, Bolar's son Matthew was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. StoryCorps hide caption

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