Saturday, August 1, 2009

The laughter stopped...

Our sister-in-law Betsy died Thursday night after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer. Years ago when Betsy (MaryBeth) married my brother Jim, our children were so excited because they got an Aunt B and an Auntie M all at once! Little did we know that Betsy was so much more than both the Andy Griffith Aunt and the Wizard of Oz Aunt put together. She was the perfect complement for my brother. Her wonderful sense of humor was so like Jim’s and her laugh meshed with his chuckle. They just played off each other naturally. These two had a solid faith and were always ready to help others.

Betsy was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in April of 2007. She and Jim did not wait for death; they showed us how to live – they made a bucket list and lived every day to the fullest. During the last two and a half years, it seemed that whenever I talked with Jim, Betsy was talking with someone and laughing in the background. Her laugh was wonderful and contagious. The laugh stopped a few weeks ago and it hurt all of us. We knew that death was coming. When we remember Betsy, we will always think of a wonderful, generous lady with an awesome laugh.

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