My aunt Alice pass away this morning, a few months after being diagnosed with cancer. My mother and their youngest sister were with her when she passed.
My mother has lost three sisters younger than her (all to cancer), a younger brother and an older sister to heart attacks. My mom herself is doing fairly well after having bypass surgery just before Christmas.
They used to all get together when one had a birthday–it reminded me of Job’s children in the Bible. My mom now has one sister remaining in the Kansas City area, one in Chicago, and a brother in Cabool, Missouri.
Aunt Alice was unlucky in love, betrayed by two men in her life. In between the two brief, unhappy marriages she raised a learning-disabled son, our cousin Brian. Her life wasn’t easy; yet, she always seemed cheerful; she was always fun loving.
She was a believer and follower in Jesus. As our family celebrates Good Friday and Easter, we will remember the promise, “This day you will be with me in paradise.”