Linda Kay and I were each born in 1944. We shared Harry and Nellie, the most wonderful grandparents I can imagine. In the early years Linda Kay and Loy and Larry still lived in Great Bend, so my earliest memories include them. They were so much fun. I was very sad when they moved away to Oklahoma City. Later on, when they moved to Houston, one of the highlights of my years growing up was the time when Mom,Dad and I flew down to Houston for a visit.
Fast forward to a few years ago, when Linda Kay started sending me e-mails. I wasn't sure what to make of them at first. We have so many cousins, it is hard to keep up with all of them, but her persistence won me over. When she and Don came for a visit last summer, only to turn around and come back to Dad's funeral a week later, I was blown away.
There is no question in my mind that Linda Kay is an angel. Totally, seriously AN ANGEL. From Heaven. The real deal.
Has anybody ever handled a terminal illness with more grace, good humor and dignity?
Linda Kay left her family and all of us who love her with an incredible void, which can never be filled, but the everlasting memory of her indomitable spirit, the ever present smile and her twinkling eyes will never die.
With love and sympathy,