Friday, August 7, 2009

A Very Special Lady

Aunt Ida quietly passed away today at the Terrace Nursing and Rehab Facility while I was with her. She was my dad's sister, was like a second mother to me and a grandmother to my children. She lost her only son in 1957 and her husband in 1967. She was a very strong lady who loved to laugh. She was an avid sports fan, and an excellent golfer.
Aunt Ida gave me my first etiquette book when I was 16 years old, and she started me on my teacup collecting journey when she gave me these beautiful teacups many years ago.

Aunt Ida celebrated her 95th birthday last December. We will miss her, but we have many happy memories of special times together.

17 comments:

martha said...

Many caring thoughts are coming your way tonight, Linda....

I am so sorry as I know how special she was to you.

Lady Donna & Miss Spenser said...

Sending our condolences your way...so sorry. Glad that you could be with her at the end...I am sure she will be missed. ~Donna

parTea lady said...

I'm very sorry for your loss, Linda. It sounds like your Aunt Ida was a very special lady and mentor.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of your aunt's passing, Linda; my prayers go out to you and your family. Aunt Ida left you with many precious memories that you will cherish forever. God bless you.Susan T.

Marilyn Miller said...

I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Ida's passing. You will miss her alot.

She gave you many pleasant and dear memories, which you will treasure.

Bernideen said...

I have enjoyed knowing Aunt Ida through your blog and am glad she is now a peace and rest. We need the Aunt Ida's of the world now as they spoke into our lives in a way that our society is now lacking. Linda...we are now the Aunt Ida's who teach, live and encourage young women like she did you! We carry the banner now to enfluence young women........I really respect you for being there for her in the end!

La Tea Dah said...

I know you will miss Aunt Ida --- I'm sorry for your loss. Your readers will miss her as well, as we've enjoyed your stories and comments of time with her. I'm glad you have sweet memories of this amazing woman!

LaTeaDah

Winifred said...

I'm sad to hear about your Aunt Ida. She must have been a lovely lady. How wonderful 95 years old.

Lovely that you were able to be with her. You'll have lots of precious memories of her.

bennie and patsy said...

So sorry for your loss.
Patsy

Phyllis said...

Dear Linda,
I'm so sorry to read about your Aunt Ida's passing today, but I'm glad her final hours were peaceful and that you were with her. You will be in my prayers.

ALPHA SHANAHAN said...

i am so sorry to hear of your loss.

The Prodigal Tourist said...

95--what a great innings! Your aunt sounds like a lovely old duck, you were very lucky to have her for so long. Must have been hard for her to lose her son so many years ago! Prodigal Wife just lost her dad, so I know this must be very difficult for you. Our thoughts are with you.

The Prodigal Tourist said...

We have something for you at the Prodigal site--drop in and pick it up!

Rosemary said...

Oh Linda, please accept my sincerest sympathies on the recent passing of your dear Aunt Ida. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Please continue to share stories and memories about Aunt Ida with your blog readers. We will treasure them.
Nancy

Steph said...

Oh, Linda - I had come to be very fond of Aunt Ida, too...first meeting her on our trip in London. I am glad she passed peacefully and that you were with her. That is a gift to you both. Much love, Stephanie

Angela McRae said...

Linda, I am catching up on blogs after being away since Friday, and when I saw the title I thought, "Oh good, Linda must have been to see her Aunt Ida." I feel like I was "introduced" to her through your blog, and while I am sorry to hear of her passing, I am grateful that her legacy lives on in her obviously devoted, teacup-loving, etiquette-practicing niece. RIP, Aunt Ida.

Anonymous said...

Even though I never met Aunt Ida, she must have b4een a wonderful lady and I am pleased you have her house as a tea retreat. Her kindly spirit of hospitality will live on in so many things.

Eve

 

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