The following was written to my Aunt Dot. Everyone who knows me knows or knows about my Aunt Dot.
Janet lives in Birmingham and has been my friend since meeting her at work some 50 years ago. She attended my Aunt Dots funeral which made my heart glad. There is nothing like seeing the face of friend at a most unexpected time. Thanks Janet.
From: firstname.lastname@example.orgTo: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.orgSent: 12/30/2010 11:13:53 A.M. Eastern Standard TimeSubj: Farewell Aunt Dot
Dear Aunt Dot,
You should have been there to see and hear. But then I guess you were. So you heard the stories and the tears....and the laughter. But mostly I know you felt the love. And I got to know you even better. I know we never met, but I knew you. You have been June's mentor for most of her life. Oh how she loved her Aunt Dot. I have heard it said we are who we love, not who loves us. That was June. That was you. And I saw who you loved.....and heard who you loved. Love begets love, and that love was there yesterday. You passed it on. There were so many who came up to me saying they would miss you from their lives......who told stories of living with you over the years.....who talked about the influence you had on them........and I saw your influence on June's family. The care and respect those two young women had for their mother....well, you know. It was the same care and respect June had for you. It warmed my heart. Out of all June's travels all over the world...and the many powerful and influential people she met........it always came back to her Aunt Dot. Her time with you meant more than anyone could even imagine. June loves her life......as you loved yours. You passed that on also. The joy......the spice in life......especially the spice. Some of the spice was left out yesterday but that's what makes us, isn't it? Some people don't have it and they don't know what they are missing. But we do. What is the old saying......be yourself, everyone else is taken. I know June admired that in you as it is admired in her. Yes, I know I did not meet you in person, but I met you yesterday.....and you know what, I feel blessed to have been there. You have paid it forward......and you live on in the hearts and lives of those you loved....and the world is a better place because you were in it. Please give a hug to my mother and dad.....and my little sister. Tell them I'll see them in a few years.Janet Griffin"We are what we love, not what loves us." — Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation)DOROTHY WILLIS
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WILLIS, DOROTHY age 91, died Dec 20th at her home after an extended illness. Visitation will be December 28th at Elmwood Chapel, 5-7 PM. Services are December 29th at 11 AM Elmwood Chapel. Dr. Jimmy Wilson, Crestwood Baptist Church officiating. She is widow of Jack L. Willis of Doc Transfer and Warehouses.
Dot is member of First Baptist Church, Kennedy, Al; Member of Terry Walker Country Club; an avid golfer winning the 1973 Presidents Cup Tournament plus many more honors. She traveled extensively and was loved by all.
She is survived by sisters Martha Millwood of Blountsville, Al; Elena Burns of Crane Hill, Al; Brother, Van Wayne Waldrop of Satsuma, Fl; and three other siblings now deceased, Charles Waldrop, Woodrow Waldrop and Edna Earle Richards.
Nieces include Norma Langsdale, Ms; Frances Craig, NC; June Daab, Va; Cindy Newbold, Fl; Deanne Sweatt, Al; Teresa Geer, Al; Mary Etherton, Fl, Mary Willingham, Al;
Nephews include Mike Waldrop, Randy Millwood, Mark Millwood, Roger Waldrop, Ronald Waldrop, Joe Waldrop, all of Al; Tommy Richards, Va; and many great Nieces and nephews. She will be missed by all.=