"Dearest Susannah danna :').... I weep as I write this. So many great memories with you and Phil. The picture of you with your cup of coffee is so 'you'. Always a proper cup, no mugs for you.
Sue was so fun. I remember when I first met you. The family was picking you up to continue the drive to West Point to meet up with Phil. We got a distance down the road and you realized you left your purse on the chair outside (we were taking pictures). It was still there when Dad drove you back for it. ....and early in your marriage to Phil, you used leftover liver in spaghetti sauce. That made quite a stir around the table when Russ discovered it.... makes me laugh to think of it again. Your cooking definitely improved.
Every time you came to Ionia, you would always head down the 'lane' to just commune with nature.... usually with a dog in tow.
You taught me to play Hand & Foot and Rummikube. Loved both.
Always so generous with your time, money and always welcoming if one of us came for a visit, or longer even. There's not enough space to recount the many laughs we've had over the years. I always enjoyed the weekends I spent with you in Lecanto, after Phil passed. Hated the drive but loved the 'time' spent with you......always worth it.
You were a great sister-in-law, friend and game player. It was great to see the Manatees through your eyes.
I'm glad the kids were with you in your last years. So important and they cared for you very well. I love you and miss you so much. You and Phil were fantastic together and now I'm sure you're together again. It didn't surprise me a bit that you passed on his birthday. That makes me smile."
"Mom... will I ever stop wanting to pick up the phone to talk to you a couple of times a day? I miss you so much and will miss you to my own dying day. I feel so fortunate to have had you for a mom and what I cherish most about our last few years together is that I got to know you just for YOU. Your depth and intelligence really dazzled me. You modeled for me how to get old when it comes to keeping the mind active and engaged in the world. Thank you for the love that you showered on me, and for reminding me to live in a spirit of gratitude. I love you, Mom."
"Mom I will love and miss you everyday. I take some comfort knowing you are at peace and hopefully with Dad. But now that you are gone there is just a large void that can never be filled. You and dad were such kind and loving parents. Some of my happiest memories of you in recent years involve exploring the trails in the Gulf Coast of Central Florida in search of alligators and manatees, playing Rummikub and cards and watching Downton Abbey! You always made a great cup of coffee and kept a beautiful home where ever you lived. More recently, once I began teaching fulltime, you always took an interest in the lessons I was teaching my students. I will never look at a crossword puzzle without thinking of you. Your passion for social justice and interest in current events always kept our conversations lively. I will love you and miss you always, Mom."