Friday, December 5, 2008

Farewell

This is my aunt Doris. She was my mom's youngest sister. Doris loved a good time, and loved to goof around. Here she is, all dressed up in a friends' sailor suit.



She sang, played the guitar and enjoyed life. Here she is when she came to visit her sister (my mother) on the farm in the early 1950's. Doris lived in Nova Scotia, and visiting her sister in Alberta was quite an adventure. She even had to travel over the Athabasca river in a basket, because the river was flooding and the ferry couldn't operate, and she had a train to catch!


Most of what I knew about my mom's sisters (there were 7 of them altogether, and one brother) and their families was through photographs like these. Most of the family stayed closer to home in Nova Scotia, unlike my mother, who married an Alberta farm boy and moved far away.

Here is one of my favourite pictures of Aunt Doris, all dressed up for a party or dance. In my childish imagination, Doris was always glamourous, always dressed up and on her way to a party.

Doris passed away yesterday. I hope they remember to put her party shoes on her because, knowing Doris, wherever she is, there will be dancing!

35 comments:

Crazylady said...

So sorry for your loss. Doris sounds like she was a wonderful lady!

MizFit said...

Im so sorry for your loss as well BL. those pictures of her are amazing...we've lost that sense of style huh? (is that the word for which Im groping? it doesnt feel right but you know what I mean...)

Leah J. Utas said...

So sorry for the loss of your Aunt Doris, df Bag Lady. OTOH, she is off to the party.

darksnark said...

Wow. What an awesome way to be remembered. We'd better put on some lipstick and dig up those dancing shoes!

kcinnova said...

A lovely tribute for a beloved aunt - may your memories comfort you in your loss.

David Cranmer said...

Great photos and tribute... How wonderful that she lived life to the fullest.

Sagan said...

Am sorry for your loss. She sounds like an amazing woman! I love that you're celebrating her life like this.

(also I love that she crossed a river in a basket. That is just way too cool).

tokaiangel said...

Oh, I'm so sorry about you Aunty! She sounds like a wonderful woman, what an inspiration. I love the basket story, that's a keeper! I hope I'm just like that when I grow up :0)

TA x

Missicat said...

Sorry for your loss.
I love those pics - I have a similar one of my aunt dressed up for a party - must dig it out and post it. I love that folks really dressed to go out!

JavaChick said...

That was a lovely post and a lovely tribute. I can picture your Aunt Doris dancing away!

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, everyone.

Doris was great fun, and will be missed.

Emily said...

Oh Bag Lady, I am so sorry for your loss. She was beautiful and sounds like such an amazingly strong, funny, woman. My prayers are with you and your family.

Lucas said...

What a lovely tribute BL. I just got this tiny taste of her but she seems like my kind of gal. I'll bet she is leading the conga line in heaven! :)

Geosomin said...

I'm so sorry about your loss.
She sounds like a fantastic woman :)

Tricia said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Although I don't think anyone could get a better tribute.

Crabby McSlacker said...

What a moving post, so sorry for your loss!

She sounds like a wonderful woman, and those pics are priceless.

bunnygirl said...

Godspeed to your aunt, and what wonderful memories she left behind! It sounds like you don't need to worry about how she's faring on the other side. She sounds like a capable gal who is probably having a fine time.

I'll be thinking of you.

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks again, everyone, for your kind comments. It means a lot to me.

Hilary said...

Aww Baggie and Reb. I'm so sorry that you lost your aunt. She sounds like she had amazing spirit.

June Leach said...

Wow, I loved what you did as a tribute to Great-Aunt Doris! I don't think I had the pleasure of meeting her, or maybe I did when I was much younger, but I noticed that her and my nanny looked alot alike in some pictures. :)
Thank you for letting me know what kind of person she was!

Marste said...

I'm sorry for your loss. Your aunt Doris sounds a lot like my late grandmother, who was also a firecracker. Gotta love the family members who made life entertaining!

Reb said...

Sis, you did a beautiful post about Aunt Doris. She did always seem to be the life of the party and will be missed.

Reb said...

I linked to you.

Tom Rooney said...

I'm sorry for your loss Bag Lady. I can see by your tribute to your Aunt Doris that you had a great fondness for her. Remember to talk about the times she made you laugh.

Dawn said...

What a wonderful tribute to your Aunt Doris, Baggie. She sounds like such a fun lady.

And sorry to hear about your back. Hubby still has numbness in leg.

TB--Milwaukee said...

I'll remember your aunt next time I shake my bootie with the boys.

solarity said...

I know you'll miss her. She sounds worth having lots of memories of.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Amy Mullis said...

Condolences on your loss, Bag Lady, but I'll just bet Doris's dance card is full in heaven. She looks like she'll be the life of the party up there!

And so glad you've found some help for your back problem. Wonderful news!

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Bag Lady,

I am so sorry for your loss. I know I would have really liked hanging out with Aunt Doris.

Terrie

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, everyone, for all your kind words. I really appreciate them.

Love2befit said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. She must have been one great lady. Love the sailor photo.

Willie said...

I know I told you before Terry, and I'll tell you again. This is a lovely piece on A/Doris. You are right She loved a good laugh, & we had many . I'll miss A/Doris a lot especially when we go East to visit Mom (her sister). My thoughts now are with U/George, Gary(her son) & Rhonda (her daughter)as tomorrow (17th) is the memorial service for A/Doris.
Thanks again Terry for this tribute, it is really nice, & I remember all the pictures. :)
Love ya Cuz, Willie xoxoxo

Willie said...

.I'm ahead of myself Terry, the memorial for aunt Doris is next Wed, not tomorrow. :) age thing I guess.

Clare2e said...

Doris will never be as late to the party as I am, but I wanted to say she looks like a heck of a gal! Sympathies to those she leaves behind and many blessings for her next adventure.

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks for your kind words, Clare, and everyone!