Wednesday, May 18, 2022

I Went to a Funeral Today...

 Another of my former neighbors has passed away, just 5 days after turning 82. She was a wonderful, intelligent woman, and she will be missed by many. 

The funeral Mass was held at St. Raphael the Archangel. I didn't stay for the Mass, but I spoke to another neighbor, her daughter and the priest, who I didn't know at the time was a Monsignor. He asked what I remembered of the deceased (also named Judy). I said she was friendly, kind and gracious, also intelligent and loyal, and pretty,  among other things. The Monsignor asked if I wanted to give the eulogy!  I passed on that

I did flowers for both of her daughters weddings, and it was a lovely experience working with them. I went to many meetings and parties in Judy's home - always beautifully decorated and warmly welcoming to all. 

Her husband passed away a long time ago, so I don't know if her children will sell her home or not. They all live far away - two of them in Europe and one on the West Coast, so I can't imagine they would want to keep it, especially not in today's booming real estate market.  

I teared up today, thinking about how many of our former neighbors have passed away since we moved there in 1982. I've mentioned before what a great neighborhood it was for all those years. We met some great, interesting people of all types, professions, religions and ethnic groups. I consider us very lucky to have bought a home there and stayed for so long.....31 years.....and I consider us extremely lucky to have met and enjoyed the company of so many nice people  (some of whom we are still in contact with).  


Arkansas Patti said...

So sorry you lost your lovely neighbor. A tight neighborhood is like a family and it is so hard to see it lessened by loss.

Granny Annie said...

It seems I am losing friends or family weekly now. It is so hard to be overwhelmed with memories of loved ones.

Goldendaze-Ginnie said...

Hi Judy ... I actually don't have one friend left in my age group but I have wonderful memories of so many of them ... like you do. Please give my regards to your husband and I am glad that he seems quite well with all he's been through. Hugs, Ginnie