Last night, one of the dearest people that I have known in my lifetime, passed from this world into the next. At the tender age of 96, Aunt Violet slipped peacefully away to join her sister, my Aunt Emma who had died earlier this year at 97, and her other family members who she had missed for so many years. The two had never married, and had lived together almost their entire lives, except for a couple of years when they were in their twenties and Aunt Emma was away at school and Aunt Violet was working as a nanny. They have been a constant presence in my life from my earliest childhood until now, though in recent years I saw them rarely because of distance and life responsibilities, but hardly a day went by when I didn’t think of them.
I have written about them here before, and honestly I don’t feel much like writing right now, except that I just want to acknowledge a couple of things about these two women who meant so very much to me. I am sincerely grateful, that I had so many years of my aunts in my life. Though we may not have seen eye to eye on some topics they were always there for me. They taught me so many things about life, and I could go on and on with stories and happy memories of times spent with them over the years. It’s funny, to even think of one without the other, and I am sure that these last few months were difficult for Aunt Violet. But she was strong and quiet and resolved.
In her younger years, she had a flare for dressing in beautiful suits and bright red lipstick. She was the easier of the two to get along with, never liking disagreements, and always quick to laugh. Sweet, generous and loving… I can hear her laugh.
I will miss her terribly and am glad for her that she has moved on. So lucky to have had her as my dear, sweet aunt, I will miss her. The love that I feel for these two women, will be with me every day. Rest and peace, sweet Aunt Violet, say hello to Aunt Emma for me.