Love you, Aunt J

June 21, 2009 § 1 Comment

Aunt J and my cousin B in 2007

Aunt J and my cousin B in 2007

Thank you very much for all your prayers for my aunt and for her entire family during this difficult time. Please continue to pray for all of us. My Aunt J passed away late last night, joking and making those around her laugh until the very end.

My memories of Aunt J are of her as a woman who appreciated every moment of her life and truly lived it to the greatest of her abilities.

Aunt J and Uncle R had a rancher house in Los Angeles, with a pool in the backyard, separate girls’ and boys’ bathrooms, a driveway lined with orange trees, and sunny-California fun to be had in every nook and cranny. Evidence of Aunt J’s zest and excitement for each day was seen in her home decor: in a completely purple girls’ bathroom, giraffes (her favorite animal) all over her house, and a leopard-print cover on her steering wheel. She had a beautiful heart too, and loved her family. I remember there were so many photos of immediate and very-extended family on top of every dresser that you couldn’t see any of them properly and there was no room for more.

When we visited, Aunt J would go with us on our adventures, to mission churches, Disney, and beyond. She always led the family onto every single ride at Disney, and showed the more timid among us to put their hands in the air on the Space Mountain roller coaster. At home she always made sure we had fun too…my aunt was first and last in the pool.

This is how I remember my aunt. I also remember her inspiring strength of character and bravery after she found out she was sick. As the number of doctor’s visits increased, so did her laughter. As her strength dwindled, her heart grew. When her daughter asked her what she wanted most when she got home – the hospital let her spend her final days in her house – she replied that she wanted “champagne, a box of chocolates, and a cigar”. They awaited her when she arrived.

I love you, Aunt J, and I can’t wait to see you again someday. I’ll know where to find you: showing the saints how to properly par-tay at the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.

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