Just a quick post today to pass along some sad news for those readers who we haven’t already emailed or called.
Neil is one of 4 (now 3) siblings…his brother Ron is a year older than he is, Mark 3 years younger, and Mary Jane…known to all as Baby Sis…was a year younger than Mark. She lived in Knoxville with her disabled adult daughter…having successfully single parent raised both of her daughters.
We received a call from Mary Jane’s married daughter who lives out in Washington on Friday that Baby Sis had passed away overnight on Thursday.
She had gone to bed early and her younger daughter…who has Aspergers Syndrome…was unable to wake her before she headed out to Breakthrough…essentially her adult day care folks…she told them on arrival that she was unable to wake her mom so when they dropped her off in the afternoon the driver came in and checked and found her deceased. EMS came and confirmed the death, the medical examiner came and evaluated it as peaceful unexpected passing in her sleep.
MJ’s daughters, son in law, and ex husband are there in Tennessee taking care of immediate needs…so all is under control on that front. Services are still up in the air at this point.
MJ was a lifelong Crimson Tide fan along with Neil…and she was far more rabid about it than he is. So I’m quite sure that her spirit was somewhere in the rafters at Atlanta Stadium yesterday watching the Tide trounce the Duke Blue Devils…screaming her head off and having a glass of wine.
So tonight…for those of you who knew her…and even for those who didn’t know her…let us all raise a toast of a glass or three of wine (red preferably as she drank) to our dearly departed Baby Sis. We will miss her phone calls to us…almost always initiated by her and she always said “hi, it’s Baby Sis”…even though we already knew who it was since our iPhones told us so.
There will be a happier post tomorrow as we did have some Fun Stuff© to report on…just not today.