By Elizabeth Vierra Hall
Today my family said goodbye to the last of my grandpa’s 21 siblings; Aunt Josie. (my Great Aunt). She was 97 years old. I don’t normally post about funerals, but, Aunt Josie was not only the last of that generation to pass…the end of that era as it were, she was also my kids’ babysitter when my grandma was not able to do it. She was the cutest, fun-loving, little over 4 foot tall, great aunt you could have for a babysitter. She was a simple woman who didn’t concern herself with the world’s problems or disasters. She just wanted to be around children and family and love them best she could. She had spunk and sweetness all rolled into one.
My daughter and her fiancé both took a day off from work, drove just over 3 hours to make a day trip to attend and pay their respects and my son was given the honor of being a pallbearer, which was a first for him. I am proud of my children taking the time to honor a woman who was a special part of their lives.
Funerals are typically looked on as a duty one has to attend, but, I am proud to say that from what I witnessed today, it was the love and honor for one woman that brought the family together. At this moment I am VERY PROUD.
Rest in the sweetest peace Aunt Josie…you will be missed, but always remembered. Love you!