Alice

Rest in peace, dear Alice.

You certainly have earned that much.

How could life turn on you so harshly?  I don't know what your early years were like, but with five sisters, I'd like to imagine that you laughed together, grew up sharing stories and fought like sisters do when they get to be teenagers.

How did you all drift apart so completely that not one of your siblings came to say good-bye?  Thankfully, they will lay you down to rest with your family; a final resting place surrounded with familiar comforts.

Alice, you will never know how lucky you were, when you met Al and his daughter.  This community has had his soulful words and out-stretched arms around us for a long time now and I don't know what we'd do without him.  I'm sure his daughter is just like him, if she was by his side when they came to visit you.

Circumstances that we have no control over, play such a key role in our lives.  You certainly came face to face with hardships we can only imagine.  But you don't have to suffer those hardships any longer.  A life broken into pieces, illness, loneliness...all worries for the living.

Peace.  Simple, serene peace, is in your grasp now.

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Maureen (Mo) February 11, 2014 at 10:33 am

"... not one of your siblings came to say goodbye": The cruelty of this just stopped me.

Blessings. May Alice forever rest in peace.

Thank you, Al, for your unequaled kindness, for the generous spirit you show us daily.

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Laurie Hirth February 11, 2014 at 8:26 am

What a tribute to a fine lady.. RIP Alice.
Al, you've been a rock to so many, myself included. Alice was lucky to be able to share in that love that we have all experienced from you.
Daughters...they are amazing aren't they! I am happy Alice got to know what a a wonderful heart you inspired!

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Kathie Scott February 11, 2014 at 6:21 am

I'm so sorry to hear about Alice. I know Al and his daughter made her final months/years very special. What wonderful people you both are.

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Al February 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Thank you Laurie for your kind words. Alice and I were friends for some years before my daughter started going with me to deliver Meals On Wheels. She really opened Alice's heart that we were for real. We were her friends and we weren't going away.

I must brag on her, Kelly. She has made such a difference on my route at the senior center. There are folks who come to see us even those we don't deliver meals to just because she engages them on a level that they don't experience often. They see her as their granddaughter who comes to visit every Friday and it is a special day for them. I am so proud to have her go with me and spread her sincere joy at seeing each of them. Just makes my day!!!

PS: This was a child that her mother and I would have paid someone to take when she was a teenager here at home. She is now a wife, mother and has 2 girls of her own. She is truly special to us and makes us proud.

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Brady Merrill February 10, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Amen Laurie Amen

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