Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Shirley Fae Aumiller

Bill and I recently returned from a trip. It was an unplanned trip, but not a surprise trip. My Aunt Shirley passed away at the age of 90 years and I think 348 days. Normally I would not post obituaries, but this one was so well written by her daughter I have included the link here. I don't know how long it will be on line, but it is well worth reading. It also includes her picture which shows so much of her personality.

My Aunt Shirley was a kind woman. She enjoyed people and always had a smile on her face when you stopped by to see her and her family. We stopped by unexpected one day to discover that my Uncle and her were remodeling the house. I'm sure my parents knew they were working on the house, but I did not know. If any of you have taken down plaster walls I am sure you are aware of the dust and mess it makes. Not in their house! Some how they managed to keep the house clean while remodeling! I remember her house was always neat, clean and shiny. The yard was well cared for also.

I don't know if this is correct, but in the back of my mind I remember my Aunt Shirley playing baseball at one of our family picnics. She also joined many of the relatives in active...and I recall noisy, games of bunco.

My parents, Bill and I were at her 90th birthday party last year. She was so happy to see those who were able to attend. Bill and I were very happy to be able to take my (Dad and Mom) to see his sister one last time while both were still able to enjoy each other's company.

My cousin Shirley Jean had kept us informed about her mother's decline. It was my job to keep my Dad informed. A few days before she died I told my Dad that Aunt Shirley was very near to her death. Seeing that my Dad spent time with my Aunt when he was young I noticed he was emotional about the announcement. When I learned about her death Bill and I went up to tell my parents. At first my Dad showed little emotion and started to talk, but then said I will tell you something tomorrow and started to cry. The next day he told us that Aunt Shirley came to visit him during the night before she had died. So he was not surprised she passed. Bill asked if they had a nice conversation and he said they did. They were very close even if the two of them didn't see much of each other after both left NW Indiana.

I feel fortunate to have know my Aunt Shirley and know that she is now resting in peace in Heaven with our Lord, his son and the rest of the family who proceeded her.

1 comment:

Sweet P said...

What a wonderful tribute to your Aunt Shirley. She sounds like she was a terrific woman.