Saturday, January 10, 2009

Not Another One!

Hi Dear Ones:

My heart is very tender tonight. Pete just got a call that his Aunt Angela (his father's sister, who was retarded) passed away today. That makes the third death in his family in under three months.

First his sister Reina lost her sweet daughter to liver disease on Nov. 17. Lori would have been 50 on Christmas day. That was a hard one. Then his mother's sister Lena died on January 2nd. She was 10 years younger than Flora, and they were as close as Rae & I. Their mother died when Flora was a young bride, so she finished raising Lena and their brother Carlos (who died several years ago.) Lena often called Flora "Mom".

Now we lose "Angelita" as she was called. She had the mind of a 7 or 8 year old. She was very sweet and a joy to be around. She had the sweetest smile, and rosy cheeks, and was always happy and content with her lot in life. She lived with her older sister, Andrea, for more that 60 years. When Andreita passed a way just a year ago, her children took turns staying with their Aunt. They took very loving care of her. I cannot help but think of the joyous reunion on the other side of the veil, as these brothers and sisters were reunited. And I am sure that Angelita's place in Heaven is assured.

I worry about Pete's aged mother. He said she took the news well when he called her, but I'm concerned about her delayed reaction. So many loved ones in such a short time. Flora will be 95 on April 9th, so you can see why I am worried. But, she loves the Lord so much, and I know He will bless her with sweet peace.