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Great Aunt Olive

My Great Aunt Olive passed on Yesterday (Tuesday). My mom who attends almost every funeral won't be going because it would be in South Dakota and given the weather lately, it would be bad traveling. In cases like this, I usually consider going so this part of the family is at least represented. It depends on the weather for me as well. Nothing will be served by me getting in a car wreck going to a funeral.

Mom was crying when she told me. Aunt Olive was 97 years old. So it's not like she was cut down in her prime. And she had her health and her mind still. She was living in a retirement community. An assisted living place but she was out every day, volunteering and gardening and visiting with what friends her age she still had left. We should all be so lucky.

Mom said she was sad because she was the last of her aunts left, (uncles too. Men in Mom's family seldom outlast their wives). I think she was sad also because having just turned 70 herself, she realizes all the older generation is gone now and she and her siblings are now the older generation and the ones getting closer to the end of their lives. That would be a sobering thought.

In Olive's case, it's hard to say "she's in a better place." Because for Olive this world was a pretty darned good place. I only met her maybe a dozen times in my life but from what I remember, Olive never took a sunrise or sunset for granted. She found a reason to be happy even on days when all hope seemed lost. I think that may be one of the best things you can say about someone else.

You will be missed Great Aunt.

Rest in Peace,



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Feb. 13th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
Wow! Still active at 97. You're aunt certainly lived a full life right up to the end. Few people are so fortunate as she.

Mark, I'm sorry for your loss and will pray for your family and your aunt. I hope that your knowledge of her having lived a full and happy life as well as being such an optimist will bring you a measure of comfort.

God bless.
Feb. 13th, 2008 07:18 am (UTC)
Thanks Judy!

Feb. 13th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss. But she did live a long, full life and left a lot of love behind.

(Your family seems to be as long-lived as my dad's. Are you sure there's not Karriker/Karcher/Kerchers in your family tree?)

Edited at 2008-02-13 03:18 pm (UTC)
Feb. 13th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Not that I'm aware of. Lots of Kelly's though. The nice thing about getting Mom's family genes is that even though the men tend to die younger than the women, they tend to keep all their hair up into their 60's.

Feb. 13th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
That's great she lived so long and enjoyed it! Sorry for the loss of a person who truly enjoyed life.
Feb. 13th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)

Feb. 13th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
your family is in my thoughts
Feb. 13th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks love.

Feb. 13th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
Your aunt must've been an amazing person. Your eulogy is beautiful.
Feb. 13th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! She was important in my Mom's life anyway. We "kids" didn't get to know her that well as she and her husband had already moved from the family homeland by the time were growing up. So we'd see her at the occasional family reunion and such. But she was a very sweet lady.

Feb. 13th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Good Journeys to you AND Olive!
Feb. 13th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks Dear!

Feb. 14th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your beloved Aunt.
Feb. 14th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
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