|Merry Jo in 2008|
|Aunt Merry's 80th Birthday|
|Merry Jo on her 80th with Mom|
|Mom and Merry Jo in the mid-50s|
|Mom and her sister in 2008|
|At the Christmas Parade in December|
Since I was unable to travel to my aunt's funeral last week, grieving and closure have been difficult, but for me, writing about her has been helpful. Thank you for letting me share all the reasons my dear aunt will be greatly missed, by me and by her four children, her thirteen grandchildren and her thirteen great-grandchildren. Thank you so much to all of you who reached out to offer condolences after her passing. Thank you for understanding why there's no need to offer those condolences to my sweet mother as well. Thank you for allowing me to honor this wonderful woman who was such a blessing in my life. I'm so honored to be her namesake.
|A damaged but treasured picture of Aunt Merry, Grandma and me in 1999|