Thursday, March 1, 2012

Saying Goodbye

My wonderful Aunt Sylvia died yesterday. She was 93-years-old. During WW II, she proudly served with the Red Cross. Up until a few months ago was still doing her crostic crosswords, reading nearly a book a day and very up-to-date with what was going on on PBS. She was the one who told me to watch Downton Abbey and after each episode, we'd get on the phone and discuss what happened.

Each year, my friend Fran and I would take her either to the National Art Gallery of Canada (above) or the Museum of Civilization and its Imax theatre. We'd also have a big, fancy lunch.
She was incredibly smart, was a whiz with words and vocabulary and had an encyclopedic memory. You could ask her anything and most of the time she'd know the answer. And besides all that, she was my friend.
She will be missed.


Deb said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Ronna. 93..a good, long life but never long enough when you love them. Hugs, Deb

Elaine said...

She sounds as though she was a wonderful woman. I am so sorry for your loss. x

Knatolee said...

I love that photo of her from the war! She didn't change much over the years, did she? Same smile! So sorry, Ronna.

Elisabeth said...

What a beautiful photo of your Aunt!
It shows her spirit and generosity towards others.
You had a great gift in knowing her for such a long time. It is obvious that you cherished each other.
Lovely tribute.

Jenny said...

It's always too soon when it's someone we love. I'm sorry for your loss. I'm sure she loved her outings with you and spent many happy hours thinking about them.

Peter Finney said...

Aunt Sylvia was just the best!

Grumpy Penguin said...

Lovely post, Ronna. She sounds like a remarkable woman.

Stern Family Circle Minutes said...

For cousins that had such an age difference, she & were close. I remember when she came to Vineland when she was working in NYC & her working in NYC started me a my desire to move there. Every time I came to Canada I was sure to visit & when she came to NYC with Ed Easdown we had a great time at the theater & dinner. I wish I had been able to visit when she celebrated he younger grandson's bar mitzvah. she so reminded me of Aunt Jenny who was my Dad's favorite sister.


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