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While we were eating dinner tonight Duchezz got one of those calls.

Her favorite brother called to tell her their Aunt Joan died last night.

Joan was more than an aunt, though. You see, Joan was their mother's younger sister who had...special qualities. Joan got to about 6 years old, and while her body kept growing older, her mind, and her emotions, never really did. Joan lived with Duchezz's family from the time Joan and Audrey's mother could no longer take care of her any more, and she lived with Audrey until Audrey's own health issues required the family to put Joan in a group home, long after Duchezz had moved in with the Big Redhead.

So while Joan was her Aunt, in truth she was the "older" sister who became the "younger sister" to Duchezz and her brothers.

We all knew Joan would die. She was, after all, in her 70s and was beginning to suffer pretty severe dementia and cardiac problems. Nonetheless, Duchezz is in pain. If you would like a land or electronic mail address for her, please contact me privately and I'll get them to you.



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Feb. 16th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
Oh hell, just the last thing you all need.

I will drop her a note a bit later.

I will keep her sister/aunt in my heart and in the light.

Feb. 17th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
Oh crap. This is not been a great six months for you guys...

I am keeping you two in my thoughts.
Feb. 17th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
"Lord, I am walking your way. Let me in, for my feet are sore. My clothes are ragged. Look in my eyes Lord, and my sins will play out on them like on the screen. Read them all. Forgive what you can and send me on my path. I will walk on until you bid me rest."

Give the Duchezz my regards please.
Feb. 17th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
I humbly ask that you let the Duchezz know she is in my prayers.

Arigato gosaimashita
Feb. 17th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
Hugs, I called but I want to be there to hug you both in person.
Feb. 17th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Please convey my sympathies to the Duchezz....

Love and hugs to you both.
Feb. 17th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)

If I can do anything, please...

love, and more hugs
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)
Let her know I am thinking of her.
Miss you guys.
Feb. 17th, 2009 09:32 am (UTC)
please pass on my sympathy.

huge hugs
Feb. 17th, 2009 09:34 am (UTC)
let her know she is loved and we are thinking of her and her family.
Thank you for sharing their connection.
And Matt posted what I was going to so... make that two for that poem.
Feb. 17th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Our condolences. Please give Ro our best.
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