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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Sad Farewell

Today was an unhappy day; it began with my knowing I was going to go to a wake. Not just any wake, but to one of a former genealogy club member, somebody I've know about 12 years. Our genealogy club has about 70 members, of which usually 15 people show up, and more often than not, the same people attend. Our club is pretty unique in that we have five husband and wives, a mother with two daughters and a mother with a daughter and son-in-law. Most of the regulars have been attending as long as my husband and I.
 
The other day when I was notified that one of the long-time members died suddenly at 59, it was a shock to us all. As written in her obituary, her passion was genealogy and she was a proud member of the genealogy club. How could you not cry? Her love of genealogy was like all of ours. Her mother also did it, and her husband seemed to be interested in it as well. This afternoon, I asked her husband about it, and I think he might try to do it, since my friend was also working on his lineage. We all hate going to a wake alone, but I did, and met two of the couples there, as well as one of the other members. We all knew each other and it was comforting. More members were going this evening.

I think too, my friend would be pleased with the number of her genealogy friends who showed up. We will all miss her.

9 comments:

Wendy Hawksley said...

I am sorry to hear of yours and your genealogy group's loss as well as, of course, her family's.

reh ncw said...

Yes fellow genealogist do seem to become family, I guess because we know in someway we may actually be cousins. Wow wow unexpectedly and so young, that is very sad, Reminds us to keep going ---tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Big heart to you, as your club deals with this heavy heart. Yes our society are our families.

Barbara Poole said...

Thank you both. She died of a massive stroke. I agree, we may all actually be cousins.

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

Barbara, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. It always saddens me when I genealogist passes. It just feels like we're all connected somehow.

Barbara Poole said...

Amy, thank you. I had those feelings today, and I appreciate your writing them.

Heather Rojo said...

So sorry to hear this story. You mentioned you were going to a wake, and that is never good news. You have honored your friend with this lovely little essay.

Barbara Poole said...

Thank you Heather.

Jenna said...

Barbara, I am sorry to hear of your loss. Your friend will be comforted knowing you and other club members are carrying on while paying tribute to her. It sounds like you have a great group of club members, you are very lucky.

Barbara said...

Jenna, thank you very much for the comment. We have tried to disband it several times, but something keeps us from doing it.