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September 18, 2008

Aunt Betty

My Aunt Betty died this evening.

At many times in my life, she was everything to me.

When I was 3 and couldn't walk well, she played on the floor with me.

As a scared teenager, when my parents were divorcing, she would often pick me up after school, with a snack in the car and take me shopping. We listened to the "cool" radio station and looked for cute guys. She usually spotted them first.

Once when I petted a mink coat at our town's only "Good" store, Aunt Betty made the clerk unlock every fur coat in my size and bring them to me to try on, in front of the triple mirrors.

In my 20's when I was pregnant and basically alone, she was the first to say, "Everything will work out. You'll see." She and Uncle Justin were God Parents to my two oldest boys.

When I met My Sweet Benny, my mother wouldn't attend the wedding or help with the arrangements. Aunt Betty and Uncle Justin flew to my rescue. Aunt Betty did everything the mother of the bride usually does, even walking down the aisle and sitting in my front pew.

They flew to my rescue again, about a year later, coming from Florida to help me when my dad died.

She loved all of us and always let us know it. I'm vacillating between being really sad for myself and really happy for her. The words Aunt Betty and Uncle Justin are like one word in our house. Tonight they're reunited forever.

This picture of Aunt Betty and Kaity was taken last year, the last time she visited from Florida.

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We Love You Aunt Betty


Posted by Angi at September 18, 2008 10:41 PM

Comments

What a beautiful picture of Aunt Betty. She's so happy now, and sent that rose to let you know everything is okay now.

Posted by: Sarah at September 19, 2008 10:41 AM

I'm so sorry, Angi, but I can understand your feeling that Aunt Betty is happily reunited with her Justin. May your loving memories of her be a comfort to you.

Posted by: Charleen at September 19, 2008 08:26 PM

She looks like a wonderful lady. So glad you had her- we never have them long enough.

Posted by: Laura in Alameda, CA at September 20, 2008 12:47 AM

Angi - I am so sorry for your loss, and hoping that the sweet memories of Aunt Betty will be a comfort to you and your family.
hugs, sandy

Posted by: sandy Sitzman at September 20, 2008 01:33 AM

Hi Angi,
Aunt Betty looks like she was a JOY.
I'm here if you need to talk.

Love
Viki

Posted by: Viki at September 21, 2008 11:52 AM

I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by: kathleen at September 21, 2008 04:07 PM