One of my favorite aunts, one of Mom's younger sisters, passed away this weekend. She hadn't been well for quite a while, so it has been expected.
When I was still living at home, it was always exciting when the aunts, uncles, and cousins from out of town came back to Grandpa and Gramma's farm for a visit. And especially so when Jim and Muriel came to town with their family. They were the silliest couple and always so much fun to be around. Their dry wit and colorful way of telling stories always meant we were in for a good time. They were a perfect compliment to each other.
I talked on the phone with my aunt a few months ago. Even though she was very sick, she shared with me a trick she had just played on her husband Jim a few days ago. Those two just never let up it seemed.
Last night the undertaker came to the house to remove the body. When he went to drive away, his car wouldn't start. He couldn't understand it as the car had been running fine. But the family knew what was going on. Muriel had one last trick to pull, and it was on that car.
Cherish your family and hold them close.