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Thursday, December 9, 2010

AVE ATQUE VALE, FIVE SISTERS

Ceil and Dorothy, April 2002
SWMBO’s mother (L) with her Aunt Dorothy in a photograph taken in April 2002.

Dorothy, the last of the Five Sisters, passed away last night. She was just a few months shy of having attained the century mark.

She was a feisty one, Dorothy was. At the relatively advanced age of 93, she was still flying around to family occasions; it was only in the last four years that she had to give up her independent lifestyle and move into an assisted living facility. And in years past, she and her sisters Ann and Helen would make sparks fly whenever they got together.

Dorothy’s death closes the book on SWMBO’s grandmother’s generation, a generation that now belongs to the ages. And yet, they live on... in the lives and memories of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Ave atque vale, O Five! May the Eternal grant you perfect peace in His sheltering Presence and envelop your souls in the bonds of Life.

6 comments:

Margie said...

What a lovely column - and picture. It's hard to believe they are all gone - except memories.

Erica said...

Baruch Dayan Emes, and deepest condolences to your family. We had Five Sisters in my family as well, one of whom was my grandmother. At once it is so sad to have to say goodbye to any of them for the greener pastures of Olam Ha'Ba, but it is such a blessing to have been part of their lives.

Kevin Kim said...

My sincerest condolences.

Peace and blessings,


Kevin

Sissy Willis said...

Now you've got me tearing up. Mighty bless, those five.

Teresa said...

May she rest in peace and know that she is loved and remembered. What a lovely tribute to her. My condolences to you all.

Rahel said...

Barukh dayyan ha-emet. My deepest condolences.