This past weekend, elder DD and I drove a total of 1400 miles to attend my aunt's funeral.
It's impossible to describe how wonderful she was - I can tell you that she was always happy and made everyone around her feel happier, but that barely scratches the surface.
The service was at her church. She had attended it for years, and was much beloved. I asked her one time - why Episcopalian? (most of the family attends Baptist churches) She told me she loved the liturgy and the music. I was greatly comforted to find that the funeral service was an Easter Service, and the homily celebrated her life.
We shared an interest in family and especially family relationships. I'll miss discussing with her that Uncle B was actually my third cousin, once removed. We also shared a love of making music - our family reunions always feature singing, especially our old favorite hymns.
Aunt R had a knack of summing things up. One of her favorite sayings - mentioned in the homily - was "If you can live with it - I can live beside it."
I'll miss her always - but my life has been and will be infinitely richer for having her in it.
Bye for now, Aunt R - I'll see you in the sweet by and by.