Uncle Al, Steve, Tris, Kyle, & Gregg ~
My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to all of you. I offer you comfort from the love and faith of family, friends, and memories of Aunt Arlene.
So many thoughts running through my head, yet I cannot find the words to express the deep sorrow I feel for the sudden loss of Aunt Arlene and the void again left in our family. I will miss her soft voice and kind heart. I will especially cherish her memory when thinking back to family gatherings at Christmas time, bridal and baby showers, weddings, and especially our mini vacation to Crystal Falls to celebrate Steve and Tris' wedding.
So many happy family memories, but at this time of grief and sorrow, a few specific times come to mind. As a young child I will always remember visits that led to a walk through her magnificent gardens filled with giant canna lilies, brilliant colored flowers, sweet peas, raspberries, and apples just waiting to be picked and taken home to enjoy, the closet in the basement that housed an endless number of games and puzzles for entertainment, playing in the yard with Dusty and Spike, and getting a gentle reminder that Steven's treehouse was off limits, so “no climbing the tree.”
I also remember visiting on hot summer days to swim and floating on an inner tube while Sharon pushed me from pool side to pool side. Then all of a sudden a cannon ball jump from Steve would upset the calm waters. Sharon would yell, “Mom, Steven is splashing again,” and Aunt Arlene would peek out the back door and say, “Steven…”
My heart is heavy and I am sad the loss of Aunt Arlene has upset the calm waters of our family, but I pray for comfort in knowing she has been reunited with loved ones gone before us and that she is watching over and protecting our family. I am certain Sharon met her with open arms and they will be the Christmas stars shining brilliantly above us; patiently waiting until we see them again in God's heavenly kingdom.
All my love,