Aunt Nettie

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This is what I said at my aunt's funeral. R.I.P. Aunt Nettie

Submitted: April 19, 2011

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We are all gathered here today, to not sadden ourselves over Jeanette's death but to rejoin as a family...and know that she is in a better place. I would like to start with a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson. “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” She passed away with a smile on her face. She left this world, to go to her new beginning. She left with family by her side. That was the way she wanted to go. Peacefully. “For death begins with life's first breath, and life begins at the touch of death.” Jeanette knew how to lighten up a crowd. She was a beautiful, strong, independent woman. Jeanette wouldn’t hurt a single soul. She was very warm hearted. You hit a fly and she just might yell at you for doing so. As many of us know Jeanette wanted to be blessed with a child...but was unsuccessful. Jeanette may not be my real mother, but she was like a second mother to me growing up. She knew how to take care of me, and helped me through many hard times in my life. Every day my dad would drop me off at her house, with a sandwich from Mc Donald’s. Jeanette would eat my egg, and once we were finished I would ask, \"Aunt Nettie, what are we going to do today?\" Oh she would just get so annoyed...day after day I would ask that question. But it was so funny. She taught me how to read, how to fly a kite, and how to ride a bike. And I'm sure many other things, that now I can't remember, and wish I hadn't taken for granted when I was so young. Jeanette loved to go to the river. If anything that was probably her favorite thing to do. Searching under every single rock to look for all different types of insects, whether it was a crab, Mino, or salamander...she'd find it. She also loved metal detecting all the time. She would go out in grandma and granddads yard and just search for hours. I loved helping her...even though we never really found much. Jeanette has been through so much, and I know if it were me I would have never been able to be as strong as she has throughout all of this. I hated to see her in pain. Steve honestly I believe your amazing. My Aunt Nettie would’ve never held out as long as she did if it weren’t for you. You have been with her for so long, and that’s true love. I spent just as much time with my Aunt Nettie as I did with you, I’m also lucky to have an Uncle like you. She was lucky to have such an amazing family and friends by her side through thick and thin. I remember Jeanette and I always taking random videos with her video camera. Sometimes I'd give her a makeover, which if it were me, I wouldn't want on camera...and others I would be on a talk show, and she'd ask me questions. I'm so glad I got to know Jeanette the way I did. I'm glad that she was a big part of my life. I couldn't have ever asked for a better aunt. I’m glad I was able to see her and spend some time with her before her death. We watched old videos, and had a really nice time. She may no longer be here but she's up in heaven. She's looking down on all of us here today. Smiling, knowing we are all here for her. She fought as hard as she could, many times when we thought that she wouldn't make it...she did. It was just her time to go now. God said to her, \"Jeanette I need you here in heaven. I need you to help me keep these children under control. They need a strong, independent woman like you.\" And of course knowing my Aunt Nettie, she loved kids. She told God she'd be more than happy to help him out. He told her the way he would pay her was to take away her pain. Aunt Nettie is in heaven now, helping God look after all the little children. She's pain free and so happy. \"If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.\" She can't wait to see us all again someday. She'll be waiting at the big iron gates in heaven with a huge smile on her face. Wondering why we took so long to join her. I just want her to know that I love her. That we all love her. And we will miss her till we meet her again...someday. “I’m free please do not grieve for me for now I’m free. I’m following the path God laid out for me. I took His hands when I heard Him call. I turned my back and left it all I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work, and play; tasks left undone, must stay that way. I’ve found my peace at the close of the day. If my parting has left a void then fill it with remembered joys. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; oh yes these things I too will miss. Be burdened not with time of sorrow. I wish you sunshine for each tomorrow. My life’s been full I’ve savored much; good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and peace to thee; God wanted me now, He set me free!”


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