Sunday, February 4, 2018

Rest in peace, Betsy...

Last week, Bill's Aunt Betsy had a stroke.  She'd just had breakfast when she suddenly collapsed.  She was taken to a hospital, where doctors discovered a large blood clot that could not be repaired.  Bill's mom and Betsy's husband decided to let her go peacefully, which she did yesterday afternoon (Texas time).

Betsy had struggled with significant and painful health problems in the past few years, so it wasn't such a tragedy that she passed.  She was 82 years old and led a very full life.  In her younger years, she worked for different airlines, which allowed her and her husband, Tom, to travel all over the place.  I'm told they especially enjoyed visiting South America.

I never got to meet Betsy in person, but I did speak to her on the phone and saw her on Skype a couple of times.  She was a very creative person.  As a wedding gift to Bill and me, she took a cigar box and covered it with pictures and filled it with tea bags.  When Bill's daughters were very young, she made them a book about that side of the family.  Bill's younger daughter found it in her mother's house.  I'm surprised it never got thrown away.  Anyway, looking at that book apparently had something to do with younger daughter's decision to reconnect with Bill.

I know my mother-in-law has mixed feelings about her sister's death.  They were pretty close and Bill's mom went to visit her often.  However, as I mentioned before, Betsy had some pretty terrible medical issues, including a very bad case of shingles that never completely went away.  I have had shingles before.  My case was pretty mild and they were very uncomfortable.  I can't even imagine how painful it was to have a really bad case.  Betsy also had really bad arthritis.

Anyway... I hope wherever Betsy is now, she's resting in peace.  I'm sure it's going to be hard on her husband not having her around anymore.  I know my mother-in-law will also miss her sister.  I wish I'd had a chance to get to know Betsy better.

Incidentally, today also happens to be the 35th anniversary of Karen Carpenter's death.

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