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Sunday, November 13, 2011


This morning there's no big white car across the street from my house.

My auntie has been roaring around town in that car for years- picking up the elderly and depositing them at the church door before parking at the far end of the parking lot to leave the close spots for the infirm.

She's ninety-three.

Two days ago she and her elderly friend left an event early, in order to get home before dark.

Instead, they met with a cement truck.

My tante lived the most anyone could imagine. She never got old.

And its strange- no white car across the street.

xo Tante Marie, you'll be missed.


Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss Joyce. What a sad ending to what sounds like a wonderful and full life your aunt had.
BBNM. Carol

Judy said...

Wow. I am sooo sorry. But happy that she LIVED every day she lived!

wendz said...

That is horrible and tragic and utterly sad.

I'm so sorry Joyce.


joyce said...

I feel weird.
It's not that she was a big part of my day to day life, but I always felt proud of her, and she was an important part of my childhood.

I feel like we're in a big cosmic game of "tag" and people keep getting "out"..... (does that sound really depressing?)

Life is just feeling so immediate, and urgent, and temporary... and death will keep happening more and more frequently. There's stuff to be dealt with, and decisions to be made- how do I want my life to be; during my relatively short time here? What do I want to spend energy on? What do I want to "get over"?

And my mom is now the last member of her family. That's an odd feeling. She's doing exremely well, for what its worth. My mom and dad are pretty awesome.

thanks for the love.

Lisa said...

Joyce, I'm sorry for your loss. My heart broke when I heard the news.
Your auntie truly never got old. She was kind and generous and caring. She used to be our neighbor and we always enjoyed visiting with her.
When she moved to Silver Courts she was Henry's parent's neighbor and when dad wasn't able to drive anymore she willingly took them to church with her.
She will be missed.

Valerie Ruth said...

i heard and i'm sorry.

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Roo said...

i'm so sorry joyce. life is so fragile. xoxoxoxox

janice said...

I am very sorry, Joyce. I love how she was 93 and picked up the elderly.

I am happy to hear that she did not spend any time sitting in a wheelchair, wearing pads. I am also happy your parents are well. Don't you love watching your children interact with your parents?


Anonymous said...

She sounds like she was a wonderful person. Cherish the memories. MK

Mary KG said...

Yep, Tante Marie. What a grand aunt. I spent many a night there in the summers as a kid. She was always kind.