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August 21, 2018

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April 22, 2018
A beautiful obituary for a beautiful soul. She was 'une grande dame' in a petit package. I am sorry I will not be present for her memorial service but my thoughts and love will be with you all.

Nancy Williams, my godmother, and I shared a lifetime together although we were often apart. I always equate her with northern Michigan (which is probably one of the most magnificent places on the planet). This is because my earliest memories of my godparents were made during my visits to their summer cottage on Lake Leelanau. Being number four in a brood of eight, I always knew how lucky I was to have the privilege to spend time alone with them there (no siblings attached). They sprinkled my childhood with magical moments, pretty petoskeys and driftwood dinosaurs. I remember one bonfire night with stars in the sky and marshmallows on sticks. I was embarrassed because I didn't know my telephone number. She took me aside and taught it to me in a light little jingle that I'd never forget. And then, because life works in such mysterious ways, it was also in Leland that I saw my godmother again after many years of only Christmas card contact. Neither of us knew that it would be our last time together.

We reconnected the time of a luncheon. She was sincerely interested in hearing all about my life... all about me. Her questions were caring, her heart keen. And somewhere between the tasty salad and delicious conversation I suddenly remembered that this is how she always made me feel, special. Nothing is more precious than knowing you are loved just because you are. Just the way you are.

Considering she described herself as 'an agnostic who thought about God all the time' I am taking the liberty to share this little piece I wrote on death...and life.

The facts of death

We know the body dies
We know the body goes into a box
And the box is buried
We know that what is in the box under the ground is not alive
We are beginning to realize that nothing of value dies with the body
Love lives on wherever it was placed
Kindness lives on in those who were touched by it
All gifts given during the alive-time continue their ripply road outward
Death and the soul is
No longer encompassed in skin
No longer encumbered in stories
No longer entangled in time
Death is a fact
But the soul still is
Still soul is

PS to my godmother
I wish you well on your way. Thank you for your love which I will treasure forever.