As I was talking with my many cousins at the funeral home, I could have missed a very important part of my Aunt Aileen Anderson's legacy to her kids and her nieces and nephews. It was a celebration of the life she left and the one she just entered.
During her 91 years of life and her more than 70 years of marriage she had many curve balls thrown at her. Like her other five sisters, including my mother, she faced what would have been impenetrable obstacles and surmounted them. Life for her got real hard at times.
The she and her husband Ron entered their nineties. Their bodies got frail and their health became a challenge. Ron died and Aunt Aileen had a case of diabetes which left her without one leg.
She knew she was living in the bonus period of her life.
She never showed any fear about death. But she wasn't going to volunteer before her time was up. She was the resident leader of her retirement community and she was even interviewed on a local television station. Aunt Aileen was adamant about being able to vote. She didn't stop living and was part of life.
Then her day came. Holding her daughter Colleen's hand she passed from this life to the next.
She never had any doubt about where her next home would be. It would be in heaven with her brothers and sisters and her husband and her son.
She left us the lesson of how to die. She left with no regret and only looked forward. Thank-you for that example.