Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Remembering Anne

The year was 2004...the date was March 3...five years ago today. After a week of visiting my sister in Texas, I was just nicely home...and winding down for the evening...when the phone rang. I can remember the details as though it were yesterday. My brother-in-law was calling to give us sad news...his wife (hubby's oldest sister) had slipped quietly into eternity that very evening. She wasn't feeling well...had retired early...and breathed her last breath shortly thereafter.

She never gave us a chance to say good-bye...but she gave us so many good memories to treasure. Always cheerful, generous, hospitable, encouraging...she was brave despite her chronic illness and always optimistic...with a screech and laugh that were unmistakable. Anne will always be remembered!

A is for Anne....with an 'e' (she always added that...just to set us straight).

A is also for apples...and she had many...both out in the orchard and inside her home.

A is for the amazing aunt Anne was to my children.

A is for the absolute best big teeny sister my hubby could have wished for.

A is for an awesome sister-in-law...whose memory I will always cherish.

Until we meet again...


  1. You do the best tributes! Anne with an "e" just like Anne Shirley.

  2. Judy..that is a great tribute to Anne with an 'e'. It is sad when you don't have time to say g'bye..but she didn't have to suffer long.

  3. I don't have a sister-in-law, but if I did, I'd hope to have one like your Anne.
    That was truly lovely.

  4. Judy, you have given my sister Anne a wonderful tribute.
    We all had many meaningful and fun times with her.

    Now at this 5 year anniversary of her passing, I stop and say Thank you God for having given me such a wonderful friend and "Big Sis".

    Her cherished memories will live on.

  5. Judy. .what a lovely tribute. Blogging provides such a wonderful opportunity to share our tributes doesn't it? I was sent an email this morning from my bridesmaid's sister. . Elsie passed away many years ago but now her sister found my blog.. .

  6. She sounds such a lovely person. You must all miss her very much.

  7. Lovely tribute to someone gone too soon. I have a daughter named Anne. I'm always surprised at the number of people who think Anne with an "e" is pronounced "Annie".

  8. My husband has a sister named Anne too! This was a beautful tribute to your sister-in-law. We never know when our appointed day will arrive do we? It's always good to be prepared.

  9. Very precious! I don't have the reference off the top of my head but recall the verse, "The memory of the just is blessed!"

  10. What a kind, caring tribute to Anne. I've experienced the PAIN of not having an opportunity to say good-bye to someone you love so much. That is how it was for me with my dad. Sunddenly, out of the blue. Anne left a great legacy.

  11. What a fine tribute to Anne. She must of been a special sister in law.
    It's always difficult to loose a loved one.


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