Auntie Mary, 6th April 1923 – 14th January 2016 January 14, 2016 by Isobel Still Smiling Auntie Mary October 2015 Tea Aunt enjoys her tea Share this:TwitterPinterestEmailLike this:Like Loading...
I am so sorry, Isobel. My heart is with you.
It was how she wanted it Lyn. In her own bed, at home, without pain and no lingering death.
I think she’d count it a good death.
Dear Isobel, I am so very, very sorry for your loss of your dear Auntie Mary. My heart is with you, as are my thoughts and prayers. I will light a candle for her, and for you, too. She was so loved, and will always be loved, as you keep her and your mum and your loving and precious memories of them close to you always.
Well heaven is certainly the place to be. Bowie, Rickman & Aunt to dance, laugh and keep them in glorious dis-order. xxx
I think Aunt would be going for more order and less dancing! But laughter would certainly come into it. She was no plaster saint, that’s for sure.
Thanks. I am so pleased she has had this global recognition. Her early life was harsh beyond words.
Therefore I am all the more glad that thanks to your and others’ care, her end was as gentle as it sounds. Thank you for being so open and attentive; it’s wonderful to be sharing in that.
I can’t help but smile when I see your photos of Auntie Mary, Isobel… her smile makes me smile. If there is a heaven, they better be prepared for a very determined woman with a delightful smile and and a delightful personality. I love what jfb57 says… 🙂 So thankful she was able to pass in peace and at home. Thinking of you, Isobel… hugs.
Maybe that should be a delightful but determined personality! With six of the siblings now assembled heaven may be reeling from the collective force.
I hope you can take solace in that you made it there in time. All my best.
I do Steve, thanks.
She did it her own way- what a star 🙂 Condolences, Isobel, these things are not easy x
If you can find a place where we meet on the family tree you could attend her funeral; she has quite amazingly left money to cover travel and accommodation expenses for family travelling from Ireland.
Dear Isobel I’m sorry to hear your sad news, she was amazing, as are you – a very special niece. I will miss hearing about her. Big hugs to you, I’ll be thinking of you.
Just heading back into London on a dark coach. I think there will be more posts about her, just as there have been about Mother. You can’t live your whole life in the shadow of strong women like these and escape their influence because of a little thing like death! Aunt will be with me to the end of my days.
And that’s just as it should be!
So sorry to hear the news, she did it her way and you were there for her…safe journey home…take care….
Thanks, just heading into the City. I shall get off at Liverpool Street and hope for an early bus. I shall go back next week. May post about her tomorrow.
So sorry, Isobel, and so happy it could go that way, the way both of you wished. My own computer does not work anymore, my husband borrows me the computer of his work, after work, but I don’t have my “favourites” on it, but I regularly checked on you and your aunt. It went so quickly. I am so glad you were there, so many old people die alone. So many things to think of…
Aunt had a number of very close friends, a wider circle of people who respected and admired her. Living in sheltered housing and being an active member of her church she was someone people knew and cared about. I think the church will be very full at her funeral.
After your visit last week, this week’s events have come as a surprise. I hope you are OK Isobel, and am happy for your Aunt that it wasn’t a long drawn out end. I wish you both peace. She is in some august company this week!
Both a surprise and not a surprise. I am very glad for her sake that once she had to rely completely on others her death came quickly. She repeatedly said she did not want to linger.
Today I feel as though the stuffing has been taken out of me. Everything is an effort. It is a normal reaction I know and probably best to go with it as much as possible, but it feels very self indulgent.
I’m so very sad for your loss Isobel but I am relieved that Auntie Mary achieved her wish, and that you were close by.
The collage of photos of her smile is a lovely tribute xxx
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Your Aunt was shown to be a beautiful and strong Lady through your words. Thoughts and prayers from NJ.
Of course you are in my thoughts.
And I don’t want my thoughts to get all saccharin in the whole “circle of life” but I became a Great Aunt today.
Makes one think that when we are poised in the moment of grief – and I think all of us who read your writings are in a bit of grief over the passing of Mary – we forget the world charging along without any consideration of our feelings.
I suppose now begins some heavy lifting with all the bits that have to be attended to. I wish I could help you with that.
Thanks Kathy, and congratulations. The circle of life indeed continues to turn.
Oh, sad to hear that. My thoughts are with you. And I really liked her smile.
RIP Auntie Mary.
What a beautiful lady with a wonderful smile. My sympathies, Isobel but she ended her life how she wished so thanks to you and others who did the best for her.
I am so sorry Isobel. I know you will miss her terribly. I am glad that you managed to be there for her during the last years of her life. What a lovely smile!xxxx Sally
So sorry for your loss. But thank you for sharing these experiences about your aunt’s life and your time with her.
am so sorry for your loss, but happy to know that Aunt had her last wish fulfilled, and that she was able to be in the familiar comfort of her own home. and good to know that God kept his promise to her, and was with her the entire journey….
what a beautiful photo tribute – lovely to see her enjoying her tea. thanks for sharing.