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N in azaleas

Aunt Jake

I don't have the memories of playing at the beach, getting snowballs, playing baseball, or going crabbing with her that my mother and aunt have. I never talked to her about the Christian Science Sunday School she attended with her big brother (my grandfather). I never got to see her enjoying Mardi Gras.

I did relish her Creole cooking and enjoy her tart sense of humor. When she found out how much I enjoyed Latin, she inspected me as though I were a very shiny beetle - fascinating, but a little odd. We both loved the zoo; she worked there until Katrina hit.

She was brave in spirit, though she would never have said so. She just kept on keeping on, living her life fully, and spending time with her family.

When they found her last night, she had her pencil in one hand and her puzzle book in the other. May we all go so peacefully.

I'll miss you, Jake.


I'm so sorry. Please accept my condolences.
Thank you!
I'm so sorry to hear that, Nicole. My condolences to you and your family. Losing my great aunt last month was a mixture of both sadness and joy at how full her life had been. I hope you and your family are able to find some of that joy as well.
I think you express well how we are feeling. Sadness and Joy. To mope would be to offend her ghost.
When people asked me how I was doing, I would reply, "It's hard to feel particularly tragic about a woman who lived to almost 95." Sad, yes. But not tragic.
She sounds like a cool lady. And what a great way to go...

Cherish the memories.
Hugs! Our condolences to you and your family. It sounds like she had a lovely life.
I'm so sorry. You obviously have really positive memories about her--I'm glad you can focus on those.
N in azaleas

September 2009

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