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Rest in Peace

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My Aunt Nancy, my dad’s older sister, passed away yesterday. She had been sick for some time with congestive heart failure. I haven’t seen my Aunt Nancy in years – not since my grandfather passed away. Although she’s maintained ties with some of my extended family, the members of my immediate family have been pretty distant from her for a long time. Nancy had a lot of problems with substance abuse and depression over the years, and it led to a lot of conflict between her and my parents and also between her and her daughter. So I haven’t really known her since I was a young girl, and even then I’m not sure that I really knew her. But still it’s sad to hear that she’s gone. I always hoped that she would be able to rebuild the bridges she had burned and mend relationships with family members – especially her daughter and grandchildren. There was a Nancy once that was worth knowing. I wish that she could have found that Nancy again and had time to share herself with others.

I remember swimming at her house, visiting her at the consignment shop she ran, hearing stories of her jumping on chairs at the thought of a mouse in her house, and watching her laugh hysterically after everyone played a prank on her at Christmas one year. I remember her peach bathroom that seemed too pretty to use. I remember how she always smelled like too much perfume and always wore too much makeup and jewelry. She was always too fancy for Cloverport, Kentucky.

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Written by Lisa

July 28, 2009 at 1:32 pm

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