"Mom's in heaven with Jesus"
That was the Facebook message that greeted my last night. Facebook is a wonderful communication tool, but can also be a bit abrupt at times. My cousin Marilyn has been ailing with cancer for years and finally succumbed yesterday morning. I'm sad. Marilyn is the fifth of my first cousins to pass on. She was kind of the self appointed matriarch of the clan since the passing of my last aunt in 2003. She always had a great sense of humour, a strong faith and usually a good story to tell.
A couple of my favourite memories of Marilyn are from fairly recent years. In 2006 her brother remarried and we all attended the ceremony and reception. What I recall most was Marilyn and I dancing up a storm (quite a feat for a couple of yokels raised in the strict Brethren tradition). If memory serves me, she almost got my father up on the floor at one point.
The other memory I will always cherish is from the summer of 2010. Eldest and I made the trek back to Parry Sound to visit uncle John, and while we were there we went to visit the cousins at the lake. Marilyn was in rough shape at that point, but ever her cheerful self she came out and sat on the deck and had a great old visit for the best part of an hour. I'm sure we played her out completely as she was in the midst of chemo treatment, and in constant pain.
|Marilyn and little sister Adrienne|
|Marilyn, Adrienne and Aunt Mary in front of the Stone house|
|Adrienne, Murray and Marilyn|
|Ed, Kirsti, Marilyn, Terry|
The Daily Quest
a) caffler 1) weapons maker and dealer
b) hansard 2) rag and bone man
c) quister 3) gold worker
c) redsmith 4) launderer
And that is about all I have to say for today.
Musings and meanderings from the Musical Gardener