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Feb 18, 2020 - 10:17:23 AM

mander

USA

4214 posts since 10/7/2007

My sister-in-law, "Kissy," died this morning.

In her "other life," before I knew her, she was an Army bride. She was shot in the stomach one evening, as her husband was cleaning his weapon at the dinner table. She wouldn't let the doctors take her to surgery until the police had her signed affidavit that the shooting was an accident. That was Kissy, bleeding out, and still thinking about others first.

The accident left her unable to have children of her own, but she was "Mean" Auntie to all her nieces and nephews. She was the fun aunt all children dream of having. And yet, she also was their moral compass. What she did for our children, what she did for our nieces and nephews, there are no words for. She was a habitual volunteer. She did a lot of work up at the Portland Zoo. She helped four different woman begin and successfully run four different businesses. She was everybody's favorite guidance counselor.

The doctors told her, "You'll make it to fifty, but you'll never see sixty." She was 66 when she passed. It took that bullet 46 years to kill her, but it finally did. She's been dying for decades, and yet, we still weren't ready to let her go.

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:29:23 AM

1517 posts since 11/17/2018

Sorry for your loss.

Feb 18, 2020 - 11:11:11 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

23985 posts since 8/3/2003

My thoughts and prayers are with your family on your loss.

Feb 18, 2020 - 12:24:08 PM
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Chris Meakin

Australia

2787 posts since 5/15/2011

Sounds like Kissy was an outstanding example of a decent human.

Feb 18, 2020 - 12:57:13 PM
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DC5

USA

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Sounds like she managed to cram several lifetimes into those 46 years, and who knows how far her touch will carry through those she touched. Very sorry for the loss. Very happy that you got to know such a person.

Feb 18, 2020 - 1:10:02 PM

295 posts since 2/26/2012

R.I.P

Feb 18, 2020 - 2:03:41 PM
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Paul R

Canada

12463 posts since 1/28/2010

So very sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and the rest of the family. She was a giving person and a role model. She left a lot of good to remember.

Feb 18, 2020 - 2:56:59 PM
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3228 posts since 7/8/2010

Sorry for your loss. I wish I could have met her.

Feb 18, 2020 - 3:14:20 PM

chuckv97

Canada

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My condolences. I know this thread is not about me, but to let you know I lost 2 dear sisters-in-law in the past month.

Feb 18, 2020 - 3:45:44 PM
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bubbalouie

Canada

13444 posts since 9/27/2007

It sure hurts when you lose a cool aunt or uncle.

Feb 19, 2020 - 1:31:26 AM

m06

England

8454 posts since 10/5/2006
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Sorry to hear about your loss.

I lost an aunt, my mum’s sister, almost exactly a year ago. Now I have only one surviving relative of that generation, an aunt that lives about five miles from me.

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:14:20 AM
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At a friend's funeral, we were advised to try thinking of her life in these terms:

"Yes, mourn that it's over, but rejoice that it happened at all."

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:37:45 AM
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474 posts since 9/21/2018

She sounds like an amazing person. I'm with Mike, celebrate a person's life, even after it's over.

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:18:47 AM
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roxygrl

USA

9543 posts since 10/11/2010

Its so sad. I know as all here exactly how you feel..be well Mander.

Feb 19, 2020 - 1:13:38 PM
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mander

USA

4214 posts since 10/7/2007

quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

My condolences. I know this thread is not about me, but to let you know I lost 2 dear sisters-in-law in the past month.


My condolences as well. I am sure they were fine people and will be missed by your family.

Thanks to all, I appreciate the kind words and know you all know how it feels.

Edited by - mander on 02/19/2020 13:15:52

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