Meredith Ann

I lost my Aunt Ann on Wednesday morning. My Uncle went to the store, and when he returned, she was gone. It was sudden. In fact, just the other day when her oldest granddaughter announced her engagement, Ann promised to be there to see her walk down the aisle.

My Aunt Ann, My dad and her three daughters, ca. 1968

She was born here in Arkansas. She was the daughter of a farmer and teacher and a homemaker. She had three brothers, one sister, three daughters and five grandchildren.

My Aunt had a heart of gold and laughed… a lot. Except, it wasn’t her heart inside of her. It originally belonged to someone else who passed away in early 1996. My aunt was fortunate to have received that gift.

Though I lost my Aunt this week, I like to think of it as me having gained back an extra fifteen years with her because of the selfless act of one person. Because of that, Ann got to meet my husband three years ago last week. She got to touch my belly when Kathryn kicked. She got to see my daughter in person, as well. Because of that person who died fifteen years ago, I was able to give my Aunt four more hugs than I otherwise would have.

If you’ve been thinking about it, then do it. Make sure your family knows that you want to be a donor. If you do, you could give another person a chance to have their Aunt, sister, grandmother or mom for maybe another fifteen years.

Oh, and always tell your family you love them. Friends come and go. Family is irreplaceable.

And to my baby cousin, she knows who she is, your Grammaw will be there on your wedding day.. just as I know our Grammie was at mine.

My Aunt and my Grandfather, ca. 1999



About gespurr

Emily was born in Southwestern Louisiana and has moved over 20 times in her life through nine different states. Most of her life was spent in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, where she met her husband and had her only child. Both she and her husband are also only children. She graduated from Stillwater (MN) High School in 1992 and from the University of Wisconsin in 1997 with a BS in Journalism. Three years later, she met her husband, George, and they married in 2002. Their daughter, Kathryn, was born early in 2004. She relocated with her family back to Arkansas in 2005 after being away for 30 years. She currently works as a customer service representative for an insurance company and lives in North Little Rock. When not taking care of her daughter she is either cooking, working, cleaning house, sewing, gardening, knitting, crocheting hiking, traveling or spending time with her husband.

Posted on November 4, 2011, in Family & Marriage. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I’m sorry for your family’s loss.

  2. Sorry for your loss Emily, your family is in our thoughts and prayers

  3. So sorry for your loss. Hugs coming you way………

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