My sister-in-law, Barbara, passed away this morning.
She had been bravely battling cancer. When she was diagnosed, she was given one year to live. She refused chemotherapy, and went on to live six more years. Most of that time she was able to lead a fairly active, independent and happy life... dining out and going to the movies, spending time with her grandson, enjoying holidays and family celebrations, or just sitting down with a good book.
It was a gift to us all to have her smiling presence for those unexpected, additional years.
We will miss you, and treasure the memories that we have of you.